A post by David MacDonald that is worth re-posting; I intend to direct my composition and orchestration students to this in the future.
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ALL ABOUT challenges
🎻 = strings only • 🎷 = woodwinds only • 🎺 = brass only • △ = percussion only
Compose a short piece of music (1-2 minutes) that is all about…
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The End-Of-Semester Concert
For the end-of-semester composition department concert, you will need the following:
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Successful completion of these challenges involves approaching each task directly and thoroughly, avoiding extraneous musical details that do not contribute to the requested sonic effect.
Challenges that must be composed for acoustic instruments with no electronic accompaniment or sonic modification are indicated with a ☀️ symbol. Challenges designed for electroacoustic music are labeled ⚡. Challenges designed for piano or piano-plus-one are labeled 🎹.
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Musical sequence seems to be a simple concept, but the term is actually used in different ways, many of which are similar. This post will hopefully lend some clarity to the subject. The kind of sequence I’m describing is defined in the Oxford Companion to Music as: Continue reading What’s a Sequence?
This is a slightly-edited email that I just sent to a class of students in my online course that is designed for graduate students who need to review (or learn for the first time) undergraduate music theory concepts. Course grades had been falling as material became more difficult. This course is made up of fourteen weekly lessons, each of which includes an activity, an assignment (self-graded with automatic release of a key upon submission), and a quiz. Quizzes are available all week, and must be done by midnight Sunday.
I see a disturbing trend: that most of you are submitting their assignments at the end of the weekly unit, and so aren’t making time for asking questions or for study before the quiz. Here’s what I found for the last five assignments:
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Goal: To be able to identify all intervals an octave and smaller by ear and to be able to sing any interval above or below a given tone. Continue reading How to Practice Ear Training Elements