Music Theory

Grades 11-12


Objective:        The students will be able to properly notate a short melody within a given framework. Particular attention will be paid to rhythmic notation.


Purpose:          Students will compose and harmonize their own melodies.


Materials:        Staff paper, Finale computer program, instrument of their choice



Set:                  Play recording of Bachıs Partita No. 2, Gigue from previous lesson.


Procedure:       The students work individually on composing a melody on their preferred instrument. They may use the practice rooms so as not to disturb one another. The melodies should conform to these guidelines:


1)             Total length should be at least four bars but no more than eight

2)             No note values smaller than a sixteenth

3)             Include at least one example of syncopation

4)             Student may choose time signature

5)             Key may be Bb Major, D Major, a minor, or c minor


The melodies should also adhere to the concepts of Rhythm, Harmony, Contour, Leaps, and Tendency Tones as was laid out in the previous lesson.


Students should first notate their melody on regular staff paper showing proper use of notational symbols. Once the student has completed their melody it should be input into the computer using Finale. Students should make any necessary changes to the notation of the melody in Finale so that it matches exactly what they are playing on their instrument.


Assessment:    Students will compare their original notation to the finalized notation in the computer program. Check for differences.


Closure:           The computer will play the melody back exactly as you wrote it. Did the computer play back your melody exactly as you thought it would or did it sound different? What areas of the notation, if any, where different from how you intended them to sound?


Extension:       Recommended listening for ideas on melodic structure.