Composing Your Own Melody

Get the songwriters in your class started early with an engaging music composition activity. After experimenting with an existing melody, class members improvise in a given range of notes and create their own melodies.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Bring into a band or orchestra class, and see how different the melodies sound on various instruments
  • Compose groups with musicians from different sections to create ensembles
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a basic knowledge of music theory, including an ability to read music and play music on an instrument
Pros

  • Scaffolds well into creative work
Cons

  • None