Mentoring Program

A Walk in the Woods

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Submitted by Sofie Blossom and Sadie Bell
Grade Level: 5
Intended For: Not Sure
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Piano and strings
Key: G
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title


#6 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-03 15:10
Dear Sadie and Sofia,
Thanks for entering your piece for Opus 32. Unfortunately, it was not chosen for performance. However, I congratulate you on the work you put into it. I enjoyed mentoring you, and encourage you to keep composing. I look forward to seeing more work from you in the future.

Best wishes,
#5 Erik Nielsen 2017-03-30 10:47
Dear Sadie and Sofie,
Thanks for making your final posting. It's clear you worked on the piece, so congratulations . I hope you learned something about the process of composition and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

Best wishes,
#4 Sofia Blossom 2017-03-30 09:18
Dear Erik we feel that we like are piece because it is unique and different from the other pieces.And we think we are done.

-Sadie and Sofie
#3 Erik Nielsen 2017-03-22 15:05
Dear Sadie and Sofie,
I know you and your classmates only meet on Thursdays, but I haven't seen any new work from you in quite a while. I just want to let you know that final versions of Opus 32 works are due by midnight next Thursday, March 30. Please let me know if you have questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,
#2 Erik Nielsen 2017-02-14 11:45
Dear Sophie (and Sadie?),
Thanks for posting your trio for flute, clarinet and piano. I'm not quite sure whether this is just Sophie's piece now or it's still both of you working on it, so if you can let me know soon, that will help, since I'll be your mentor. I will be at your school again in a little over two weeks, but I can write to you now with some suggestions.
This is a very interesting combination of instruments and I think you can do a lot with it. However, I have a few questions.
1. Who has the melody? The parts are all in the same register except for the piano left hand and none of them stands out as something I could sing, so you need to work to make a tune that repeats and is clear.
2. Is G really the home note? I see that the clarinet part starts on G, as does the piano left hand, but a lot of the notes clash, so it's really hard to tell what the home note is. Listen carefully to the parts at a slow speed to check for clashes. When you hear one, change one of the clashing notes.
3. What's the form of the piece? Not enough repeats for me to get a sense what's important and where the sections of the piece are.
Sofie (and Sadie), please read what I've written. If you can create a melody that can be easily sung and centers around G, and if you can respond to my questions by how you change the music, your piece ought to develop. Please let me know if you have questions. I look forward to your next posting.

Best wishes,
#1 Alli Lubin 2017-02-10 14:59
I'm Sofie and Sadie's music teacher following their progress.
Alli Lubin

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