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Techniques for Composing Music - Chapter Summary
Feel confident in your knowledge of various techniques for composing music by exploring this chapter's bite-sized lessons. Concepts covered in this chapter include transposition in music, thematic transformation and musical improvisation. Once you've finished this chapter, you will be able to do the following:
- List and discuss the rules for writing four-part music
- Define and describe transposition in music
- Outline methods and examples of motivic transformation
- Share the definition and methods of thematic transformation
- Describe the structure of phrase in music
- Explain how to arrange instrumental and vocal music
- Discuss rules and techniques for improvisation in music
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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. 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 will also explain how the method of transposing works within the framework of music theory and how one might use it in creative applications.
3. Motivic Transformation: Definition, Methods & Examples
How can you keep a musical theme integrally tied to a composition without making it boring or redundant? Let's take a look at motivic transformations and see how they can be used to do just this.
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.
5. Phrase in Music: Definition & Structure
Could you read a book that had no punctuation? Could you play music that had no phrases? Learn all about phrases and why they're important, including the meaning of key terms such as cadence, period, antecedent, consequent, and phrase mark.
6. How to Arrange Vocal & Instrumental Music
Have you ever thought of how a musician goes about arranging a piece of music for voice and/or musical instruments to give it character and a personal voice? This lesson provides a brief overview of some of the main points of arranging music.
7. Improvisation in Music: Definition, Rules & Techniques
A quintessential component of many contemporary musical genres, this lesson will examine the rules and techniques for improvisation in music. Afterward, test your knowledge with a short quiz.
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- Elements of Chord Progression
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- Musical Forms
- Techniques for Performing & Rehearsing Music
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- Modern Era Music
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