There are ELEVEN levels in this series, and most students should begin with the PRIMER LEVEL. Teaching the craft of music composition can begin early in a student's education, whether as required by the teacher as part of a studio curriculum, or when a specific student demonstrates interest in the subject.
The author has specifically created a Primer Level book that can be used for students of almost any age group. (Younger students must have a high reading ability and well developed fine motor skills.) For the most part, it is assumed that the student has studied for at least one full year, and has mastered the basic skill of reading staff music.
Pre-requisites: The general pre-requisites for using this book are: 1) student has never written any music or has not written a melody more than 8 measures long, 2) student has studied music for at least 1 year, 3) student is able to read music on the staff with ledger lines, 4) student is reading books at a 2nd grade level or better, and 5) student is at least age 5.
Notational Skills: The following notational skills are explained carefully and developed: 1) drawing treble and bass clefs; 2) drawing note heads and note stems; 3) drawing quarter rests, half rests and whole rests; 3) drawing the Grand Staff; 4) drawing time signatures; and 5) determining meter (2/4, 3/4, and 4/4).
Compositional Skills: The primary goal at this level is to teach the student how to write a simple melody, then to expand it using several compositional techniques. The topics are sequenced as follows: 1) Make Up a Melody; 2)
Question and Answer Melodies; 3) Double Questions and Answers; 4)
Germination; 5) Making Variations on a Melody; 6) Setting Text; and 7) Writing
Finishing Touches: In the final lessons of the book, the student is taught how to proofread & correct the draft manuscript, and how to create a clean final copy.
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