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I have taken the feedback from the comments on my previous post, as well as fixed up some labels, for my final piece. I also gave it a nicer title. The first comment reminded me that I needed to add a fermata to the piano part in the last bar if I added one to the flute part in order for the ending note to last for the right amount of time. The second comment suggested that I remove the arpeggiated chord at the end and replace it with a regular chord where all the notes are played at once, which I did. The third commenter disliked how my ending sounded so abrupt and suggested that I add a ritardando near the end of the piece to gradually fade into the long note at the end, which I did as well. I was also instructed to label my chords properly as I had entered a minor key, which I forgot about previously. One bar (the one which contains a double-sharp) was said to have sounded odd, so I made several changes that bar, with the last notes changed from 2 eighth notes to one quarter note, and the piano part changed to fill in the chord rather than be in unison with the melody.

I have decided, after listening back to my melody a few times, to revise the 8-bar melody found in this post.

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A few of my revisions include:

  • Adding the labels for passing notes and neighbour tones
  • Changing dynamics to fit with the rise and fall of notes better
  • Changing dynamics in the piano part to be quieter
  • Removing and lengthening notes in the piano part so that it no longer overpowers the flute in its melody
  • Correcting bar formatting so that notes are easier to see
  • Adding in ‘leading’ notes to lead into the next bars with a smoother transition

Now is a time of reflection. Looking back at your practice diary and your assessed performance how do you judge your personal accomplishment? Did you practice as much as you were able? Did you develop at a consistent rate? Do your practice diaries show a clear reflection of this?

I didn’t fill in my practice diary, and I can say for sure now that I have practiced much more than what is written in the journal. I think that I didn’t advance as much as I could have if I had practiced more. I did not develop at a consistent rate, as I have a bad habit of practicing intensely before a concert or competition, then just slacking off the rest of the time. My practice diaries are not filled in, and therefore do not show a clear reflection of this.

Looking at your theory work and final test how did you do?

Playing Test Scores        Theory Test Scores

I think I did as well as I could in the playing test, but when I saw the mistakes on my theory test, I realised that I made a few mistakes that I had made in the previous theory test, as well as made a few other mistakes I could have easily avoided. An example was on the last question, where I knew that the influence wasn’t from Canada, but I didn’t know where it was from, so I put Canada anyway. It was from Ireland. Also, I switched heterophonic for homophonic, and vice-versa.

Take the time to really delve into your progress and where you think you can go from here. Where can you put more effort into your music, time, recording your progress, thinking about concepts… Start a new semester with a clear goal in mind and stick to it! Written goals are more often accomplished!!!

You need to state on average how many days you practiced per week and your average time practiced also

I usually practiced two to three times a week, for 15 minutes each. Before a competition, though, especially if I am playing solo, this may go up to an hour a day, five to seven times a week.

You need to reflect and also state a goal for the following musical year.

Next year, I may be taking up piccolo as my instrument instead or flute, or perhaps play them both. I just started learning how to play the piccolo this week, and I plan to keep learning it over the summer. I will try to practice more next year in preparation for my examinations.

YOU MUST include the HOT LINK to your iPORTFOLIO showing you have uploaded it to your DW. If this HOTLINK,opening in a new window, is not included, your assignment will not be marked. Make sure you change the name of you link and DO NOT just paste in the URL.

From the comments on my previous post, I think that one thing that I could change is the repetitiveness. While having a slight pattern helps the listener hear familiarity in the song, it can also be a bit boring. I think that otherwise I did okay on my composition, because I didn’t get much constructive feedback aside from that. Other people’s comments aside, I think I could have added more articulations. I don’t think I needed to add rests as they were not part of the assignment.

From this assignment, I have learned how to compose a song through various stages and progresses. I found this assignment to be much more of a challenge and much more involved than most of the other assignments given for music this year. Being someone who doesn’t often compose music, I found that the steps we went through were very helpful in guiding me through this process of composing this short melody.

However, I didn’t like how feedback was given, it was often quite vague and occasionally a bit unreliable.


So here’s my final 16 bar melody. I’ve moved a few of the crescendos and decrescendos around to make this song easier to play and to make it sound smoother on a computer. I have taken commenter’s feedback into account and made modifications accordingly. I have added a tempo marking so that the player knows what speed to play it at.

You can listen to the song here: Final 16 Bar Melody

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So, I had two previous blog posts called Composition Study – Rhythm and Composition Study – Melody. Now, I am following up with a 3rd blog post. Now, I have extended the song from 8 bars to 16 bars, while still trying to make it sound like one song.

You can listen to it here: 16 Bar Melody

This was probably the most time-consuming of the three parts I’ve done so far as I apparently didn’t back up the file when I started using a new computer so I had to go back and copy my existing melody into Finale. The melody was quite simple though, I would admit, so it actually wasn’t that difficult. The next 8 bars of the melody are meant to continue the existing 8 bars and extend it into pretty much a (however short) full song.

Give me feedback!

  • Do you have a combination of conjunct and disjunct motion?

Yes / No

  • If there are any large intervals, have you changed direction by step?

 Yes / No / NA

  • Does the melody have an appropriate range?

 Yes / No

  • Does it start and finish on the tonic note?

Yes / No