S5/6 Music

HIGHER (Advanced Higher see below)


While there are still some of you have to sit a practical exam, take some time over the next couple of days to work on some composition and some listening.  While we are all at different stages with our composition maybe this list of tips below might help:

  • Have a very clear idea about what you are trying to achieve.  What type of piece? What Style? What Instruments?
  • Take some time to experiment and play around with your ideas.
  • Capture any ideas you have(either write them down or record them if you are able to)
  • Think small! Composition is the development of ideas.  Repeating your ideas and varying them in different ways can all help to develop your ideas.
  • If you are starting with a chord sequence, think about how you want to play it.  (arpeggios, block chords)
  • Sometimes have a chord sequence that changes and a melodic idea which repeats can get really interesting results.
  • Often it helps when you experiment with ideas on your own instrument, or a in a style you are familiar with.
  • If you have access to technology(apps on mobile devices, or on computer) you may find it helpful to use these the help develop your piece of music.


Also, attached is the pdf for the ‘Romantic Period,’ which we have been working on.  Have a look through to go over what we have been working on in class.

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Also, here is a little literacy worksheet on intervals





The analysis work is due in.  Take some time completing your analysis.  Most of you are are presenting the analysis as an essay.  Just a reminder, as you have these anyway, but I have uploaded 2 documents to help.  If your work is on the server at school, send an email to me: k.murphy@mgfl.net and I can send you what you need.


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If you have completed this, continue with your composition.  There are some tips above.