March Music Composition Challenge - School of Composition.com

Update: This challenge is now closed. Check out the new music that was submitted for it:  Your Music from March’s Composition Challenge   For this month’s composition challenge we’re going to write for piano. The music is all up to you except for one thing: the piece must finish with these four bars: Listen to …

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January 2018 Music Composition Challenge - Summary and Analysis

Welcome to Episode 1 of How I Write my Music. In this tutorial I’m taking you behind the scenes to show you my thoughts as I composed my “Fantasy on a (Given) Theme. This piece was my own entry for the School of Composition January 2018 Composition Challenge. The composition challenge is a monthly event here on this site …

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February Music Composition Challenge

Update: This challenge is now closed. Watch a selection of entries in this video:    Since St. Valentine’s Day is this month, the theme for the challenge is love (in whatever way, shape or form you choose to interpret the concept):     1. Write a duet for a pair of instruments that are not normally …

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January Music Composition Challenge

Update: this challenge is now closed. The analysis and results are here: https://www.schoolofcomposition.com/january-challenge-summary/ For our first ever composition challenge, we’re going to keep it very simple. Compose a piece that uses this row of notes: You can use this sequence in the beginning, the middle, the end, or anywhere else as long as it’s there. …

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In this course: Scales: the Major Scales, the Modes and the Minor Scale, the Harmonic Minor, the Melodic Minor Key Signatures Intervals Triads So we’ve got our 12 notes, our note values, our rests and a system of putting it all on paper. (Check out the How to Read Music Crash Course if you haven’t …

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how to read music (in 30 days) - day 4: meter / time signature

Before we get into actual time signatures, we have to talk a little bit about meter. After all, time signatures represent meter in written music. Meter is the division of beats into equal groups. We’ve already talked about this briefly in the How to Read Music course (part 2) but here’s a quick demonstration. This …

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Seikilos Epitaph

The oldest known song (complete with musical notation and lyrics) is from 200 BC called “Seikilos Epitaph”. It was found on a tombstone. What’s so remarkable are the lyrics. From ancient Greek they translate roughly to: “While you live, be happy have no grief at all. Life exists only for a short while, and time …

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how to read music crash course

What's in this Lesson The StaffThe Treble and the Bass ClefsLedger Lines The Staff Notes are written on a set of five horizontal lines known as ‘the staff’ (or ‘the stave’): Musical notes will be written out through the 5 lines: As well as in the 4 spaces between the lines: Obviously, notes that sound …

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