Using Melody Patterns in Composition

​This is a lovely composition idea one of my students created by using a repeating melody pattern.

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Haunted House - Student Composition

​Here is a song my student Kenzie created this summer.  I like how she uses many different octaves on the piano.  She even switches between 3/4 and 4/4 time signature.  It makes the song interesting and fun to play!

Artist Name - HauntedHouse.mp3
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Summer Wrap Up

​I have really enjoyed the summer of teaching, camping, house renovations, and relaxing in my hammock! 

To find out what my students have been up to over the summer, continue reading:

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Score Cloud Application

“Like Google Translate for music” ScoreCloud instantly turns your songs into sheet music. As simple as that! Instant Score from MIDI or Audio Arrange and Edit your Score Print, Export and Share Music notation software ideal for musicians, students, teachers, choirs and bands as well as composers and arrangers. Many of my students are using Score Cloud to help them transform their musical thoughts into sheet music. They can create their music on their computer and then see it and hear it on their iPads.

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New Composition - Jumping George

Now that Summer is settled in I can continue my student-level composition project!

Here is the latest one:

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Our Favorite Composers/Books

  • Frederic Chopin
    Chopin is Elizabeth's favorite composer for the piano. In fact, he composed ONLY for the piano. It is no wonder many of her more advanced students enjoy playing his music also!
  • Melody Bober
    Melody Bober is such a popular composer with our students! We think it is because she is from Minnesota. So she knows what Minnesotans like in their music!
  • John Williams
    John Williams has been composing music for movies for such a long time! Many of the students enjoy playing the music from "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter," two of his most loved musical scores.
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