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Composer Name: Keifer Moses
Video Game Music.
Grade Level: 7
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Piano
Key: C Major
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 200
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 33 Grades 6-8


#5 Alistair Coleman 2018-02-15 18:19
Hi Keifer!

I really like the new version, and I love how you expanded your ideas and built in some new material.

There are so many possibilities when thinking about either developing the ideas you have, or composing new ideas.

To develop the ideas you already have, consider these possibilities:

1) You could add another section by switching the right hand and left hand piano parts that you've already written. So the melody in the right hand could be moved to the LH zone, while the chords could be moved to the RH zone. It could be really interesting to hear the melody in the lower parts of the piano, while hearing those chords in the higher parts.

2) You could keep the chord progression you've already written, but you could expand upon the two melodies you have in both quarter notes and eighth notes. You could combine both of those note values to create another section using both quarter notes and eighth notes in the same melody.

3) You could add a section where the chords in the left hand are broken up. You could use the same exact notes of the chord, but try using quarter or eighth notes to distribute those notes of the chord in each measure.

Let me know if you need help on this, as I can send a screenshot of what I'm talking about.

On the other hand, you could think about creating brand new ideas for a new section of the piece. Since what you've already written is very fast, you could experiment with new ideas that move more slowly. It could create a lot of interesting contrast in the piece!

Also, a quick note on instrumentation : Good idea to add a percussion part, but we do not have a bass drum for the concert. So try to change that percussion instrument to one of the following that we will have for the concert: drum set, 4 tom-toms, snare, woodblock, tambourine, suspended cymbal, triangle. If you want to learn more about the kinds of sounds they make, simply search each instrument on google or youtube. There are so many demonstrations of all the cool sounds these percussive instruments can make!

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you'd like any more help to move forward with the piece. It's sounding really cool so far, so keep up the great work!

#4 Keifer Moses 2018-02-14 17:04
Dear Alistair,
I am planning on making it longer I just don't know where i am going with it. I feel like I want to take it on a different path but don't know how or what I could do
#3 Alistair Coleman 2018-02-06 15:11
Hi Keifer,

Thanks for telling me about your inspiration for the piece. Very cool to hear those influences!

Great job moving things around to create those separate "zones" we talked about for each hand. What do you think in terms of the structure of the piece? Are you planning to compose more ideas and/or sections beyond what you've already written? I would encourage you to keep going by either (1) creating new sections with new ideas, or (2) working with the ideas you've already written and developing/expa nding them. This could include swapping the RH and LH parts, moving the ideas to higher or lower areas on the piano, changing the speed, etc. If you want to explore the second option, let's talk more about some tips to help you move forward.

The piece is already sounding exciting, so it would be awesome to keep up that momentum and hear more! Please let me know your thoughts, and I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Keep up the great work!

#2 Keifer Moses 2018-02-06 14:51
Dear Alistair,
I have fixed the issue of the left and right hand hopefully it works better for you. I am also excited to work with you. At this moment I have no questions to ask you. My inspiration for this song is a mixture of the fairy fountain from zelda and the noise when you collect an item.

Fairy Fountain Song

Item collecting Noise
#1 Alistair Coleman 2018-02-01 20:58
Hi Keifer!

My name is Alistair, and I'm so excited to be working with you on this new piece! I'm a composition student at Juilliard in New York City, and I recently got to visit Vermont for my very first time this past August. How many years have you been composing? Do you play an instrument?

You are off to a great start! I especially love the harmonies you're using, and how the melody in the right hand is moving up while the chords in the left hand are moving down. It's really cool to have that kind of motion!

I read in your description that this is video game music. That is really cool! What inspired you to compose this? Is this based on a game you've played, or is this music for a game that you've imagined or developed?

My first concern with this piece is that the right hand and the left hand parts in the piano are overlapping with each other. This is because they're being played at the same exact range. Here are two options to think about doing: 1) You could move the right hand part higher, starting at the next "C" up. Or 2) You could move the left hand part lower, starting at the next C-E-G chord down. This would mean you'd have to change the the left hand part to start in Bass Clef. Let me know if you need help with this. If so, I can send a screenshot of what I'm talking about. Your goal is to imagine like there are invisible force-fields around each hand. Therefore, you'll need to separate the hands on the piano enough so that they are not crashing into each other. The piano has a huge range of high and low notes, so take advantage of that. Check out these resources:

Piano range:

Composing for piano tips:

Finally, where do you see the piece going? What ideas do you have for the structure of the piece? You have some really compelling ideas to work with, so think about whether you want to expand on the ideas you already have, or if you want to compose other sections. Or both! There are so many ways you could take this.

You are off to a great start, Keifer. Please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime, and I'm looking forward to seeing the next version and talking with you more about this new piece. Keep up the great work!


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