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.

Description

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.

Hints

• 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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