Music Theory and Practice

Wooster High School ~ 1st Semester, 2017 ~ Mr. Adams

Final Project

Due: Last day of regular class before finals.

In-class Performance: Last two days of regular class before finals.

Graded Progress Check: December 13th, 2017.


The Final Project for Music Theory and Practice is an original composition by you and performed by members of the theory class (see class list for instrumentation ~ may also recruit non class members who have a study hall 10th period).

• Approximately one minute in length, but no longer than two minutes.

• Completed project will consist of 1) Full Score, 2) Parts for performers, and 3) Performance of the piece for the class.

• Piece should contain 4 staves of melodic notation (4 performers).

• Consult Appendix E in Music in Theory and Practice and Mr. Adams for instrument ranges and transpositions.

• Keep it simple. Remember, these will be performed in class, part of your grade will be related to the “playability” of the piece.

• All scores and parts should be in pencil in your best manuscript.

• There will be a lottery to determine performance dates and times.

• Mr. Adams will record each performance.


• Try and select your performers ahead of time and stage a short “rehearsal” of the piece early on in the process to hear how it is sounding to you. Is it what you expected? Need to make some changes?

• Select instruments that don't transpose. This will save time.

• Definitely write the score first, then the parts.

• Be careful of the ranges in which you will have your performers play. Try to stay near the middle of the instrument ranges for the likelihood of a good performance.

• Again, keep it simple. Passages that challenge the performers will more than likely have a negative effect on the performance. Tailoring your composition to the actual performers who will play the piece is also a good idea. Professionals do this every day.

• Avoid the temptation to throw everything you know into this one piece. Being efficient and selective will most likely result in a better composition.

• Don't procrastinate. You'll be sorry...


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