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I chose this to make this song because I love music and I play the Viola and I hope to play it.
Grade Level: 4
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Viola
Key: Fmajor
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title


#3 Matthew LaRocca 2017-04-04 12:45
Hi James,

I wanted to let you now that unfortunately your piece was not selected for Opus. I hope you had a fun time writing though, and I think you should keep composing! Write a viola piece you can play yourself...that would be so much fun.

#2 Emily Luce 2017-03-06 10:59
Hi James and Matt!

Just wanted to introduce myself and let you know that I'll be following along with your Opus composition! I am a music student at the University of Vermont and I'm so excited to hear what comes next! I think it's so great that you are composing a piece on an instrument you play. Matt suggested singing your melody which is an AWESOME idea--maybe try playing it too if you can!

#1 Matthew LaRocca 2017-02-12 11:50
Hi James!

My name is Matt, and I’ll be working with you on your Opus composition. Viola - nice! I also play viola, so I’m always excited to see new music being written for the viola!

You’ve got a good start going, but there are some things you can do to help your piece. The viola is usually written in alto clef, but you should feel free to write it in treble clef if it helps you. (Although, that’s a question - should it actually be in alto clef? because if so then it totally fits for the viola…) As it is now, there are some notes that are much too high for the viola. I wouldn’t go higher than the F at the top of the treble clef staff, and in fact would stay much lower. The viola can go all the way to a C below middle C!

As you’re working on your melody too, you have a lot of jumps between notes right now. A good melody will have a nice mix of steps and jumps - so I would suggest adding more steps into the melody and having less jumps. Especially the big, big jumps. Steps move either up or down by one note. Measure 12-13 for example, has a nice mix of steps and jumps.

Have you tried singing your melody? That’s a great thing to try out. Think of Mary Had a Little Lamb, and how easy it is to sing. Then try to make a melody that you can sing along with. And in the key of F major, emphasize F, A, C and Bb. Those are the important notes that help make your piece sound like it’s in the key of F.

Keep up the good work, and I’m excited to see what you come up with next!


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