SIS Students Becoming Notable Bayside Composers
SIS music standards require students to “compose short pieces within specified guidelines.” Additionally, higher level students in IB music are required to create three compositions each lasting three to six minutes.
The students’ first project is a short song built around a brief poem. Creating in stages, the students first notate rhythm for the text. Then they turn the rhythm into a melody and select chords to accompany it. Finally, the chords are transformed into lively and interesting accompaniments.
Using the notation website www.noteflight.com, the students notate and print their compositions. In class, each student’s composition is projected on the screen while teachers and peers give feedback.
At first, the idea of composing seemed a daunting task, but the students have really enjoyed creating their own original music.
“As a clarinet player, I have always been a music performer. It is really interesting and exciting to be on the other side of the score and actually become the composer of new pieces!” – Marguerite Jacqueline
“Composing is challenging because we have to harmonize the melody with chords to produce mellifluous sound.” – Jung Mok Lee
“My favorite part about our composition unit is getting to hear what others have created. Our class has quite an array of musical talents. Everyone comes up with something a bit different, which makes it interesting.” – Sofi Belnap
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