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5/19--You have three things left this year: Final group project, final individual project and then the final test. Here are the requirements for each of the projects:

In groups no bigger than three, choose one of the following options:

1-Compose three short songs that could be used in a "Fairy Tale Musical". You do not necessarily need to tell the entire fairy tale in your three songs; each song will simply represent one moment in the overall story. Accompaniment can be live or recorded. Final performance can be live, written out, or recorded.

2-Compose three short pieces that could serve as background musical for a "Fairy Tale Ballet". You do not necessarily need to tell the entire fairy tale in your three pieces; each piece will simply represent one moment in the overall story. Each piece needs to be a minimum of 90 seconds. This can be performed live or recorded. All members of the group must perform and play a near equal role (meaning you can't have one pianist who does all the work and then have two people who hit a bass drum at the very end of the piece).

3-Submit a detailed analysis of the following piece:,_K.183/173dB_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus)

Your analysis should include harmonic layout, form and main melodic/rhythmic motives.

Individual Project (due on your last day of class)

Compose a piece of music using the compositional techniques from one of the cultures we studied. The piece needs to be at least 48 measures long. You will turn in either a printed copy or email me the Noteflight link.

PLEASE do not hesitate to bring me rough drafts and ask for feedback.

5/11--You'll spend the first 15-20 mins of class playing games at: In the last minute, please email me with the name of the game you played and what specific music theory skill you were working on.

As a whole class you will then do a quick analysis of the following song: 

Use Google Docs to type it up--in narrative form (not just a list). Make sure you share the document with me so I can grade it and give you credit. The basic prompt is, "Describe, in musical terms, what you hear." Make sure you include the overall form and then specific details about each section (melody, harmony, instrumentation, phrasing and rhythm). This should take approx. 25 mins. 

Then you will have the remainder of the class period to review raga and tala ( and then do an analysis of the following piece:

Start at 2:00 and analyze until 4:30. Remember that the prompt of "Describe, in musical terms, what you hear" includes form, rhythm, harmony, melody,style and context. Make sure you share the Google Doc with me. It can be the same Doc you used for the first analysis.

5/3--You will have today to prepare for an analysis assessment of "An American in Paris" next class. Use the study guide posted last class. 

4/28--Please make sure you share your score marking with me. Email me the pdf so I can give you credit for the Stravinsky assignment.

Today we'll do our broccoli together and then an analysis write up. After the analysis you need to read pages 1-9 of:

Then listen to Gershwin's "An American in Paris"

4/26--Please score mark the following section of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring":

Use Kami and color code each motive and then label with a description. Descriptions should cover key or chords used as well as composition techniques employed. Make sure you save and email Mr. Rust your final document.

Here's a piano reduction recording to listen to:

After completing the Stravinsky, please read through the following rubric:

This is the rubric which IB uses for those of you taking the exam. 

4/22--Please watch the following video then read the accompanying two articles:

Next, you will sign in (using your Google login) to

Then look at the the following score (it should automatically open up in Kami):

The rest we will do together as a class.

4/15--Please read through each of the following articles:

Then listen to the following pieces: (listen to the first 3 mins) (listen to the first 3 mins) (listen to the first piece) (listen to the entire piece)

Then take the following code 694043
Make sure you use your real name so I can give you appropriate credit.
Also, those of you taking the IB Exam HAVE TO FILL OUT and leave the cover sheet that I gave to you last week. Please leave these sheets with Ms. Henning.
Those of you who were absent earlier this week can use the rest of the class period to catch up on our assignments.

4/13--I have not received everyone's Rossini analysis yet, so please make sure you complete that today and then share it with me. Please make sure it is clearly noted who the editor was as well.

For today: Please listen to the following pieces and then type out a basic analysis based on listening only (no score provided). Do not look the score up online as there will be at least one piece on our final exam without a score. Focus on ME, ME, HA, ME, FO, STY, CO--and pick out what you can based on listening alone.

First piece:

Second piece:

4/7--Mr. Rust will be pairing you up and you'll be editing another student's (or partnership's) analysis. Here is the format we'll use: Go through their entire analysis and highlight and background information in RED, any form or harmonic analysis in GREEN, any melodic analysis in BLUE and anything unclear or confusing in YELLOW. At the end of it, please state: "I really liked...." and "I would suggest you go into more detail on..." and finally,  "edited by" and then add your name(s). Original authors: make sure you have shared the document with me by the end of the day.

4/5--You will be working either by yourself or with a partner. You are to do a complete analysis of pages 18-31 of Rossini's Petite Messe. Your write up needs to be in paragraph form and done using Google Docs. Please share your document with me. The complete write up and analysis needs to be done by the beginning of class on Thursday, April 7th.

3/30--    No new assignment today, we will be working on our composition assignment that is due on Friday, April 1st: take the secondary dominants chord progression you previously created and use it as a template for composing a piece for string quartet or choir. You need to go through your chord progression at least twice. Do your best to create a clear melodic structure (think back to the work we did with periods).


1. Open in your browser
2. Enter the 5-digit game code 01673, and click "Proceed"
3. Now enter your name and click "Join Game!"
4. You will get an avatar, and then see a "Start Game" button. Click it to begin!

3/14--Now take the chord progression you have composed and add in a secondary dominant prior to each chord (other than the first and last ones). Continue using voice leading that is as smooth as possible. For example, if you're original first four chords were: I--IV--V--vi, then your new chord progression will be: I--V7/IV--IV--V7/V--V--V7/vi--vi.

3/09 Using Noteflight, make the following revisions to your previous assignment:

Revoice the chords so that each voice has optimal voice leading (step wise motion) from one chord to the next (meaning, don't have the soprano voice jump up a fifth then down a fourth). You may need some of your chords to be in first or second inversion to accomplish this. At most, there should only be one voice that moves more than a whole step from any given chord to the next.

3/07--Using Noteflight, compose the following:

A four part harmonic progression (there will be two pitches in the treble clef and two pitches in the bass clef)--all whole notes. The progression should start on I (or i) and end with a clear, V - I (or i) cadence. There should be eight chords in your progression. You may repeat chords once (example: you may begin your progression with I -V but then no more V chords until the ending cadence).

After you complete your assignment, click on "connect" and change the setting so that anyone with the link can comment. Then email the link to me: