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565 reviewed resources for musical composition

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A Musical Composition Experience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders having skills in music performance will extend their abilities through creative musical composition. They'll use Finale 2000 to explore facets of music composition, they'll then compose a piece for their instrument in C, F,...
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Music Composition

For Students 6th - 12th
Are your learners ready to compose their own music? If so, this instructional activity will help them do it. The sheet is broken into several staffs where they write the tune, riff, and chords. They can put them together to create a...
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Set a Poem to Music

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Fun awaits both you and your class as you embark on a musical activity. After discussing different rhythmic meters they choose a poem to set to music. The poem must rhyme and be set to a melody in the key of C Major. Because the activity...
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Music: Off the Wall & Onto the Stage - Composing

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Kids explore Gullah music from Africa and then create original compositions based on what they've learned. They practice traditional melodies and rhythms then make some of their own, which they then perform for the class. 
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Kotekan: A Cooperative Music Activity

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Young musicians explore the rhythms and sounds of Balinese gamelan music, then create their own. They listen to several examples of gamelan music, then use their instruments to mimic the rhythms they hear. After a warm up and practice,...
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The Elements of Music—How do Composers Plan?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The introduction to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and the finale of his Symphony No. 4 provide young musicians with an opportunity to investigate the music elements composers employ to develop the themes they want to create. They compare the...
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Form in Gamelan Music: A Music Class Activity

For Teachers 4th - 12th
After a brief introduction to Balinese culture and Indonesian colotomic forms, the class composes an original piece. They study the tempo, melody, form and rhythm of Gamelan music and then apply those skills to an original Gamelan...
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Compose Your Own Music

For Students K - 12th
Channel the masters with an interactive music composition activity! Learners use the online tool to create their own masterpieces one measure at a time.
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Create a Composition

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students select an instrument and create a musical composition. In this musical composition lesson, students invent an original piece of music that is 16 measures long. Students hum and record their pieces.
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Composing Music

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners compose music with musical instruments, and write the proper notation for the songs they have created.
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Music Composition

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students compose a piece of music and then hear their composition performed. They put their ideas down on staff paper using musical notation. This music will then be performed by the students on the instruments for which the...
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Pictures at an Exhibition

For Teachers K - 8th
Students discuss how the musical composition was created. They listen to "Pictures at an Exhibition." Students discuss how the Promenade in the beginning of the opus is based on Mussorgsky walking through the exhibit of paintings....
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Student Composers With Music Ace

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students create short musical compositions. In this music lesson, students use the "Doodle Pad" (a component of "Music Ace") and take turns to create short melodies. Students share their musical pieces with their classmates.
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Learning Probability Through Media Arts

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders compare experimental results with predicted results. In this probability instructional activity, 4th graders list the different possible musical arrangements. They create a musical composition based on sequence given.
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Elements of Music

For Students 5th - 6th
In this music worksheet, learners study the elements of a musical composition: silence, pitch, texture, dynamics, tempo, attack and decay and duration. Students complete 7 questions about these elements. Prior knowledge is assumed.
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Music: A Round and A Round

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars compose original lyrics for a "Round". They develop a copyright, a recording company, and CD covers for their original pieces. They teach these "rounds" to students in their choral music class.
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Using Garage Band to Enhance 2nd Grade Composition

For Teachers 2nd
Your second graders can become composers with a little help from the Garage Band software. You pre-select several drum, piano, and guitar loops for the groups to choose from, then they put them together following an ABA looping pattern....
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Group Project - Recorder Composition

For Teachers 5th
Class members develop a musical composition to be played on recorders. They work in groups to write and perform an eight-measure, three-part composition that uses a chord structure. They ornament a simple melody and perform it on the...
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Modern Music

For Students 4th - 6th
A great source of nonfiction reading material, this resource consists of a series of five short reading passages about modern music, composition principles, and various composers. Accompanying each reading is a different activity for...
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Kindergarten Music Time

For Teachers K
Little ones are led through a series of rhythmic songs and chants while they march, clap, and use their tummies as percussive instruments. They work on singing in pitch, chunking, and keeping a steady beat. 
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Music History: Venice and Vivaldi

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Venice, the birthplace of classical music and amazing composers. Discover a bit about life in Venice and the contributions of the composer, Vivaldi. Information regarding his life, his musical contributions, and a break down of his piece...
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Music and Sound: Movie Sound Effects and Music Composition

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Now that's music to my ears. Learners choose one of two activities to complete: continue the music video from the previous instructional activity, or design a new program that composes music. They learn how to apply several new code...
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What are the Chances?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders create their own chance music (aleatoric music) compositions using standard music notation.  For this integrated composition and probability lesson, 5th graders experiment with simple music composition on tuned instruments....
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Get Your Mojo Workin': Part 1 Writing Your Very Own Blues Tune!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders listen to the blues. They discuss blues scale, read a description of the blues, and work together to write an original piece. A lesson like this ties into American history and African-American musical contributions very...

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