16 Bar Melody Composition Reflection

We have been working on a music summative task recently which we have to create a 16 bar melody.
This is my first draft:
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I decided to use piano and c major for my song because I am familiar with C major key. However, later on I realised we were required to use two instruments, one for the chords and one for the main melody. I chose piano and flute for the final piece because the sound of piano blend well with the flute. There is a pattern for the chords: chord C major →chord A major, → chord F major → chord G Major → chord C major…..keep repeating till the end of the song. I chose to use these chords because most of the melody in one bar matches the chord.
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As you can see from my first draft, each phrase starting from the bar 5 to the end of the song are following the pattern of the first phrase(bar 1-4). There are some slightly changes in each phrase, some are more complex but they are all based on the first phrase. I add a “climate” and some harmonies to certain part of my song(shown below) to make it sounds better and more interesting. Harmony makes the song sounds more complex but beautiful textures in music.
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This is the original ending of the song. Celini gave me some advices and feedbacks for my song. She said the ending was too rushed.
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This is my final ending of the song. The very last note of the phrase is a reasonably long one, so that the rhythm sounds properly finished.The form of this piece of music is like a bus going down the hill and then up the mountain and then down the mountain again. As you can see from my final piece, Since my song is in the key of C, the note C and the C major chord feel like home while we’re listening to the song. Home is usually a good place to start the song, and it’s almost always the right place to end. So right away, you know you want to start and end your song with the chord c major. My song has a polyphonic texture meaning there are one or more instruments used. Flute alone has a soft texture while piano has a thick texture and interdependent harmonically yet independent in rhythm and contour. The two instruments create an effect of overlapping. Since this is a soft lullaby song, I decided to start off this song with mezzo-piano and then slowly it gets louder and when it hits the climate, it was the strongest and loudest, and then it gets softer at the end.

Here is my final piece
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Peer Evaluation:

Monica: I like the use of dynamics where she starts off the song really strong and ends it soft. I like how she tried something different than c major, she used G major as the key. Besides, the melody will sound very consonant because most of the notes belong to the chord.

Kate: I like how Kate start and end the song with a C. I think that the chords goes well with the melody at the beginning but doesn’t go well at the end, I can hear two separate parts playing at the same time. I think it would be better if she used keyboard instead of piano because I don’t think it is necessary to add a bass clef.

Gitanjali: I like how the use of dynamics and articulation, the slurs and staccatos are nicely placed, it helps to make the song sounds more interesting. The sound of piano and clarinet blend well together and it creates a really strong melody and thick texture. However, in my opinion, I think the melody doesn’t flow well, it would sound better if the notes in the melody are carefully chosen. People might find it difficult to catch up with her song because the melody is inconsistent. Overall, I like her composition.

Music evaluation crit D

How has the content covered in class so far (theory and performance) helped your development as a musician?
The content covered in class has made me understand more about the history of music and help further my development. The theory taught in class has helped to gain new insights through restudying old material. Since I have stopped playing any instrument five years ago because of lack of practise and I had too many extra curriculum activities going on, I forgot how does the sharps or flats in the scales works (TTSTTTS). Throughout the classes, we have played a collection of pieces and performances that helped me pick up my sight reading skills, building up confidence and no to panic when something goes wrong during the performance. During the winter concert, I asked someone to hold onto my clarinet because I had choir performance before the grade 8 band performance, unfortunately when I got my clarinet back, the reed was chipped. I was so nervous because I forgot to bring extra reeds. I had to blow really hard but it sounds airy. I managed to calm down and learn from my mistakes.

Discuss the ways in which you are furthering your development as a musician.
In order to further my development as a musician, I will start practising clarinet more frequently (30 mins a day) and started regular lessons on clarinet to prepare for the grade 5 clarinet exam and the theory exam.

Discuss how other musicians have inspired you to be more successful (consider musician in your class and/or in the school and/or outside of school).
I really admire the pianist Yiruma because his music are really touching and the melody was absolutely amazing. I am obsessed with his musics because everytime I listen to his music, it gives me motivations for studying. River flows in you is one of the few songs that can make you smile when you want to smile and cry when you want to cry.