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This began as an assignment for my composition elective where I write a four-bar melody and chord progression for piano. Next steps:
Grade Level: 8
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: solo piano
Key: C Major
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: quarter = 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
File 1: text/htmlDownload
File 2: application/pdfDownload
Located in: Opus 32 grades 6-8


#4 Michael Close 2017-04-07 12:05
Hello Kaia,

I wanted to congratulate you on this composition. I'm sorry it was not chosen for inclusion in the Opus concert. There is simply not room on the program for all the fine pieces that deserve a performance. I'd encourage you to keep working on this piece and try to get it performed.

Best Wishes,

Mike Close
#3 Michael Close 2017-03-23 05:20
Hello Kaia,

I was wondering how your piece was coming along. I haven't heard from you in quite a while. The deadline for final submissions for Opus 32 is next Thursday.

Best Wishes,

Mike Close
#2 Michael Close 2017-02-15 08:58
Hi Kaia,

I wasn't able to open your noteflight score either- check with your teacher or follow Erik's instructions.

I was able to open the PDF though and imagine how it would sound.

It looks like you have some solid harmonies picked out and a nice sense of home tone, a good melodic arc.

You need to have some smoother voiceleading in the left hand part. It's all root position chords (chords of stacked thirds). This jumping around between root chords can make the music sound choppy.

From one chord to the next, look which notes are shared- keep those notes where they are and only move where you have to. For example, in m. 1 you move from a C chord to an A chord. These two chords share the notes C and E. Instead of jumping up to root position A, simply move the top note in the C chord up to an A and keep the other two notes in the same place for the A chord. This will make the piece sound smoother, and as a bonus, it will be easier to perform because there is less jumping around.

Even when there are no notes shared between two adjacent chords, it's usually a good idea to avoid parallel root position chords so all the notes are not moving in one direction from one chord to the next. So, in m. 2 you go from a D chord to a C chord- try flipping the bottom note of the C chord up an octave so it reads from bottom to top- E,G,C. By avoiding having all the notes move in one direction from one chord to the next, you make the transition between chords smoother.

You are off to a great start! Keep up the good work!

Mike Close
#1 Erik Nielsen 2017-02-14 11:13
Dear Kaia,

I'm glad to see you've posted for Opus 32. Thanks for including both .xml and .pdf files. Unfortunately we can't see your Notelight score. Try this and if that's not the answer you'll have to check in with your teacher.

You haven't set permission for us to view in Noteflight. Here are the steps to take to fix that:
1. Go into your Noteflight account. Click on this score. Make sure you can see the score on the screen.
2. Click on Connect button.
3. “Who can access this score” - select All site members
4.. Select All site members can View. Anyone can search/browse to find it.
5.. Save.

Let us know here when you've fixed the sharing permissions and we'll get mentor feedback for you.

Best wishes,
Erik Nielsen
Senior Mentor

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