Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Warmup

Binary Form is a two-part musical form. Binary Form can be written as AB or AABB. The two halves of a binary form are roughly equal in length. Using the example of Greensleeves provided, the first phrase is almost identical to the second phrase. The first phrase is labeled a and the second phrase a’ (a prime) because of the slight difference in the last measure and a half. The next two phrases are almost identical as well, but a new musical idea entirely then the first two phrases. We call the third phrase b and the fourth phrase b’ (b prime) because of the slight difference in the last measure and a half. As a whole, this piece of music is in Binary Form: aa’bb’ or just AB for short. Use lower case letters for phrases and upper case letters for sections.


Ternary Form is a three-part musical form in which the third part repeats some of the principal idea of the first part, labeled as ABA. In the case of Greensleeves above, imagine that the first line were repeated after the second line. The entire piece would have three lines with each labeled ABA respectively. The phrases would be labeled aa’bb’aa’.

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32-bar Form, also called AABA form, consists of four sections: an eight-bar A section; a second eight-bar A section; an eight-bar B section, with contrasting harmony and melody; and a final eight-bar A section. The A sections all contain the same melody and basic harmony, but may be slightly altered for variation. The B section contrasts the A sections in both harmony and melody. Yesteday by The Beatles is composed in 32-bar form. Each A section phrase is 7 measures long. The B section is 8 measures. The final A phrase is followed by an outro. Listen to this cut down version of the song.

Work Session

  1. Class discussion about the warmup.
  2. Individually, read the instructions for FirstChordsForm Composition
  3. Class demo of new assignment.
  4. Work on the new assignment. Complete it by the end of class tomorrow.

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Warmup

  1. Complete the FirstChords exercise from yesterday.
  2. Here are the instructions for the FirstChords exercise.
  3. Turn in your work when you finish and then move to the Work Session

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Work Session.

  1. Work through this lesson about chords at your own pace.
  2. If you finish that, go advanced!

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Prepare for Quiz

  1. Review Vocab II notes
  2. Basic Keyboard Interval Identification (m2 and M2 only)

After the quiz finish ABina & BinaryContour

Here are the instructions. Start by reading the file titled README

  1. Turn both into the dropbox.
  2. BinaryContour Composition Instructions
  3. ABina Composition Instructions

After the quiz extra fun

  1. Play in GarageBand.
  2. Get Ahead! Train your ears to hear chords!
  3. Practice Reading Music (no helpers + accidentals)
  4. Practice Keyboard Reverse Identification

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

¡¡ Quiz Tomorrow !! ¡¡ Quiz Tomorrow !!

Warmup

  1. Listen to the audio above.
  2. Complete this activity.
    1. 6th Grade – 10 Questions
    2. 7th Grade – 15 Questions
    3. 8th Grade – 20 Questions
    4. Optionally, try this easier version, but double the number required.
  3. Show Mr. Willingham your grade when you finish.
  4. Go to the work session when Mr. Willingham passes you off.

Work Session

  1. Finish the assignments from yesterday.
  2. Here are the instructions. Start by reading the file titled README
    1. BinaryContour Composition Instructions
    2. ABina Composition Instructions
  3. Upload both assignments when you are done.
    1. ⌘S
    2. ⌘Q
    3. Go to office.com, find the class dropbox
    4. Upload your files
    5. Highlight your file and press the “Open” or “Choose” button.

Prepare for Quiz

  1. Review Vocab II for the 2nd quiz (Friday!)
  2. Basic Keyboard Interval Identification (m2 and M2 only)

Extra Practice for Fun

  1. Get Ahead! Train your ears to hear chords!
  2. Practice Reading Music (no helpers + accidentals)
  3. Practice Keyboard Reverse Identification

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Warmup

  1. Complete 100 questions of this activity.
  2. Click on the ellipses and “Show Progress Report”
  3. Sign the report and save the code to your computer.
  4. Go to the work session when you finish.

Work Session

  1. Download the instructions for the two assignments. Because I am not there to help you, I have included examples and helpful instructions. Please reread all instructions.
  2. Start by reading the file titled README
    1. BinaryContour Composition Instructions
    2. ABina Composition Instructions
  3. Upload both files when you are done.

Finished Early

  1. Review Vocab II for the 2nd quiz (Friday!)
  2. Practice Reading Music (no helpers + accidentals)
  3. Practice Keyboard Reverse Identification

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Makeup work and quiz corrections are available Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8AM. Everyone can earn credit back on their quiz and replace zeros for missing work.

Quiz Friday (notes here)

Warmup

Choose either of the following two options and complete the designated number of questions. Show Mr. Willingham your score when you finish. You may try multiple times.

  • 6th Grade – 25 Questions
  • 7th Grade – 50 Questions
  • 8th Grade – 75 Questions
  1. Basic Warmup (m2 and M2 only)
  2. Challenge Warmup (m2, M2, m3, M3) +5% BONUS

Work Session

  1. Write (or finish writing from yesterday) a binary form melody lasting 8 measures.
    1. Name the follow with your class period, name, and the assignment name.
      1. 8-1.Last.First.BinaryContour
    2. Each section is four measures in length exactly.
    3. Use only natural notes.
    4. In the A section, use only steps (half & whole).
    5. In the B section, use mostly steps, but add a few skips.
    6. Quantize and listen to your melody.
    7. If you finish early, add drums using the drummer track or drums of your own composition.
      1. BinaryForm_Steps_vs_Skips (Click to Enlarge)

        BinaryForm_Steps_vs_Skips (Click to Enlarge)

  2. Review bass lines as a class.
  3. Introduce the idea of key.
  4. How does the note in the bass and the starting note of the melody affect the mood of the piece?
  5. Have students come up and write bass lines and melodies based on A minor and C major.
  6. Compare the results.
  7. Write a new binary form melody & bass line in the key of A minor lasting 8 measures.
    1. Name the follow with your class period, name, and the assignment name.
      1. 8-1.Last.First.ABina
    2. Each section is four measures in length exactly.
    3. Use only natural notes.
    4. Use the notes A, C, and E in the bass line
    5. Start your melody on A and try to end on A as well.
    6. In the A section, use only steps (half & whole).
    7. In the B section, use mostly steps, but add a few skips.
    8. Quantize and listen to your melody.
    9. If you finish early, add drums using the drummer track or drums of your own composition.
  8. Listen to an example of the above type of composition and discuss the affect of choosing the key of A minor.

Labeled Keyboard (click to enlarge)

Labeled Keyboard (click to enlarge)

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Monday, February 4th, 2019

Warm Up

Read the following about intervals.

Half-Steps (minor seconds m2) are the smallest interval typically used in Western music. On a piano, half-steps exist between any keys that touch and have no keys between them.

Whole-steps (major seconds M2) are intervals constructed from two consecutive half-steps. On the a piano, whole-steps exist between any two keys which have exactly one additional key between them.

Skips are intervals larger than a whole-step. They are made of 3 or more half-steps. On the piano, skips exist between any two keys which have at least two additional keys between them.

Half-Steps, Whole-Steps, Skips

Example Intervals on Keyboard

Example Intervals on Keyboard

Work Session

  1. Download this worksheet when instructed.
  2. Mr. Willingham will teach you how to fill out an electronic worksheet before you attempt the assignment.
  3. The class will go over the worksheet.
  4. Play and listen to the intervals in the worksheet. Use MusicTheory.net to practice minor and Major seconds.
    1. Start with this exercise.
    2. Try this for a challenge.
  5. With the time that remains, we will discuss how intervals determine the contour of a melody.
  6. If time allows, write two short contrasting melodies using appropriate contour.
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