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How to Compose, Arrange & Improvise Music - Chapter Summary
This chapter tackles the various aspects of musical composition. Learn about the rules for writing four-part music, as well as transposition, music theory and the methods of transformation and more. Once you have completed the lessons in this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Understand compositional techniques and textures
- Explain how to utilize technology in music composition
- Define transposition in music
- Discuss the methods of thematic transformation
- Describe how to harmonize and improvise on a melody
Our expert music instructors have prepared the lessons in this chapter to make sure you have a high level understanding of the material. The lessons are informative and available online at any time to help you in your studies. You can follow-up on the lessons with lesson and chapter quizzes, to make sure that you are retaining all the needed information. Be sure to follow your progress in your personalized dashboard.
1. The Rules for Writing Four-Part Music
Four-part writing can be difficult, but you don't have to reinvent the wheel. In this lesson, we'll look over some common rules to make four-part writing a little easier.
2. Technology Used in Musical Compositions
In this lesson, you'll learn about how technology has changed the way composers make music. You'll encounter electronic instruments, audio editing tools, and electroacoustic music, and then take a quiz to test your knowledge.
3. Transposition in Music: Definition & Music Theory
In this lesson, you will learn what transposition is and how to recognize it in a musical context. The lesson also explains how the method of transposing works within the framework of music theory and how one might use it in creative applications.
4. Thematic Transformation: Definition & Methods
As a composer, themes can be a big part of your music. In this lesson, we'll see how subtly changing those themes can change the impact of your composition.
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Other chapters within the NYSTCE Music (075): Practice and Study Guide course
- Elements of Music Notation
- Types & Characteristics of Scales
- Elements of Melody & Harmony
- Meter & Rhythm
- Musical Forms
- Vocal Range
- Principles of Singing & Sound Production
- Understanding Instruments
- Opera and Orchestral Music
- Medieval Music
- Music of the Renaissance
- The Baroque Period in Music
- The Classical Period in Music
- The Romantic Period in Music
- Modern Era Music
- Jazz Music
- Musical Theater and Popular Music
- Music of the World
- NYSTCE Music Flashcards