Muisc Theory Compositions

16 Measure Composition = Chord Prgresion with Melody

1)  You were assigned to create a 16 measure chord progression using Classic Progression.  You need to submit the written progression (Numerals and Chord Quality Names) for approval before going to the next step.  All of the following terms and the process is dicussed in your Music Theory Packet.  Start your composition with the following steps:

        A - Choose the Key Signature for your composition.

        B - Write out the scale that fits the Key Signature using the Scale Order, (A-B-C-D-E-F-G…..)  ie, C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C  Don’t forget to add any alterations that the Key Signature demands.  ie, F vs. F# or B vs. Bb 

        C - Assign the Numerals and Chord Quality Names to the Scale. Don’t forget numbers I, IV and V are Major Chords.   Numbers ii, iii and vi are Minor Chords.   Number viio is a Diminished Chord.  ie, I-C, ii-Dm, iii-Em, IV-F, V-G, vi-Am, viio-Bdim

2)  Using your Music Accompaniment program/App, input the progression, decide on your favorite style/groove and save your work as a MIDI file.  Send me the MIDI file for approval.

3)  Create a melody that aligns with your Chord Progression.  We have discussed the process for this in class, but here’s a review.  Please follow these steps in order.  It will be much easier if you do so. Please remember the rules of Good Melody and Good Rhythm as you compose.

        A - Layout your page with each measure labled with the Numeral and Chord Quality Name of the moment.

        B - Spell each chord below the chord name using Triad Order (A-C-E-G-B-D-F-A-C-E…..) to find the proper letter names used in that particular chord.  Remember that you take the chord root letter name and the next two letters in the Triad Order to find the chord members. ie, I-C (CEG), ii-Dm (DFA), iii-Em (EGB), IV-F (FAC), V-G (GBD, vi-Am (ACE), viio-Bdim (BDF)  Don’t forget to add any alterations that the Key Signature demands.  ie, F vs. F# or B vs. Bb 

        C - Choose ONE note for each measure that fits the chord of the moment.  Do all 16 measures before you move to the next step.

        D - Go back to the beginning and add a SECOND note to each measure that also fits the chord of the moment.

        E - You now have two Harmonic Tones in each measure.  To them, add a NON-Harmonic Tone to MOST measures.  Be sure to develop some type of pattern as you go.  Examples of the most used Non-harmonic tones can be found in your Theory packet.

4)  Once you’ve created your melody, send a copy of it to me with the chord names and numerals clearly visible for approval.

5)  Input the melody in your Music Notation program and save it as a MIDI file.

6)  Import both your Music Accompaniment MIDI file and Music Notation MIDI file into your Sound Editing program.  You are now working as a Recording Engineer.  Work to align the two files, balance the the volumes of the files and create a complete composition.

7)  Export your project as an mp3 or wav file.  Send that file to me for your final grade on the project.

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