Elephant with Big Ears, a Nose and Also Some Colorful Boots by Zachary
Enlightened, Then Mystified by Elijah M
I started my piece with the melody. Based on the melody, I came up with a chord progression that fit the piece. Then I added instruments with other melodic parts, and more backround parts. And finally, I went over every note of my piece to make sure that they fit. The main melody switches throughout the piece. In the first A section, the strings have the melody. Then in the second A section, the woodwinds do. And in the last A section, they both come in unison. I titled my piece Enlightened, then Mystified, to explain the transition from the A section to the B section, and from the A section to the C section. I have learned that it’s really important that I listen to the dissonances in my piece, because they can cause problems. It was cool to compose for a whole orchestra because it was new and fun to compose for a lot of different instruments.
Dancing In The Rain by Emma D
I began with a chord progression. I think it is easier to make a melody first and then add a chord progression, but this time I decided to try something else. I used the Clarinet and the Violin for my main melody. I really like composing my own music. I have learned a lot about how music works and different ways to compose. I also learned that most music has a structure, its not just random. I think it was challenging to use all of the instruments at least once. It was really hard to figure out how everything fits together.
Slow And Fast by Ben C
I started with a smooth beginning at first. But I really changed it overtime. What I thought was good changed over time. For example, I couldn’t decide on my song to be slow or fast. So I made it slow and fast. You can kind of think of my piece as the tortoise and the hare, racing through the forest. It gives you a better understanding of what music really is. You can really see the inside workings of music. I had trouble making sure everyone got to play their instrument. It was very different from our first pieces!
Celestial Dinosaur by Jack
In the beginning I made a chord progression and worked off of that. I then made a melody and I then added a lot more. The violin, bass, bassoon, and clarinet have the main parts of the song. This year it has been really fun to compose. I get to write music while hanging with my friends. I get to jam and learn at the same time. It really has been a fun year. I think it was really cool. I get to write for thirty people. I also got to write for many different instruments which is cool.
Rabbit Race by Io
I started my piece with a chord progression. Later, I had to fit the perfect melody to fit the chords each measure. It took a long time but I am happy that I took so much time and effort on my piece. The violin and oboe are playing the main parts. I called my piece “Rabbit Race” because it’s a very jumpy piece and I thought it sounded like rabbits jumping around trying to get ahead of each other. I thought it told a story to me that they are jumping for there lives. I learned that you can do anything that you want with your music, you can change anything because it’s all about what you want to do. One challenge that I had in composing my piece was when I was adding new parts because I didn’t add notes that fit the chord progression and I had to fix it. I was a little nervous when I heard that we were getting our pieces played by an entire orchestra but I was really excited at the same time.