Mentoring Program

Chocolate Tastes Good

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This began as an assignment for my composition elective to write a 4-bar melody and chord progression.
Grade Level: 7
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: solo piano
Key: C Major
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
File 1: application/pdfDownload
File 2: text/htmlDownload
Located in: Opus 32 grades 6-8


#6 Lee Heuermann 2017-04-04 15:55
Dear Sean,

Thanks for entering your piece, “Chocolate Tastes Good” for Opus 32. Unfortunately, it was not chosen for performance. However, I congratulate you on the work you put into it and encourage you to keep composing. I look forward to seeing more work from you in the future. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

#5 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-29 18:27
Hello Sean,

This is just a reminder that you must have your piece ready to submit to be considered for the Opus 32 concert by tomorrow, Thursday, 3/30/17.

You might want to make sure you’ve added details like:

Dynamics (volume)
Please add dynamic markings (volume) such as forte (f), piano (p) or mezzo forte (mf), and crescendo or decrescendos throughout.

Articulations (legato, staccato, accent marks)
If you don’t write these in throughout the piece everything will be played detached, so if you want it to flow - use slurs for legato (flowing) or if you want it detached and short sounding use staccato. For accented attacks use accent marks. If you don’t put anything in (and sometimes you may want this) each note is played somewhat separated from the next.

Descriptive markings
In the beginning and at different points in your piece if the mood changes, you can use words to describe what you want, such as “sparkling” , “lively”, or whatever words you think best describe your piece and how you want it played. This really helps the performers and especially when there’s not a lot of rehearsal time this really helps the performers to understand what you want as the composer. Be specific!

You’re on the home stretch! Good Luck and let me know if you have any questions!

#4 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-23 14:28
Dear Sean,

How’s everything going with your composing? I just wanted to check in with you and to remind you that you’re in the home stretch. You need to have your final draft of your composition ready by one week from today, Thursday, March 30th.

We will then select the pieces that will be performed on the Opus 32 concert. If your piece is selected, we will then work together on polishing all of the details for the final submission of your score to give to the performers.

Let me know if you have any questions and how I can help you, and please work hard to get things ready by next Thursday, 3/30.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

#3 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-07 15:45
Dear Sean,

Nice job on your chord progression and melody in "Chocolate Tastes Good". I especially like your strong beginning in the first four bars. Your chord progression works and your melody is very exuberant and feels like what you might feel when biting into a delicious chocolate bar, the excitement anticipating the next bite as your melody climbs in measure (m.) 4 ending up on a D in m.5 (your dominant chord - V).

I like your interval of the 4th from C-G in m. 2 (that’s one of my personal favorites, the perfect 4th!). However, when you use it again in mms. 5 and 6, the G going to the C in your right hand melody strongly suggests going from the dominant V chord (G) resolving to your tonic I chord C, but you have an e minor chord instead, which doesn’t completely fit. Also, the sub-dominant F IV chord would fit better at the beginning of m. 7, then going to the G chord on the 3rd beat of that measure.

I think a good exercise for you would be to find a piano or keyboard and play each of the chords in the key of C major (the key you’re in) slowly in your left hand. C (major) I, d minor ii, e minor iii, F major IV, G major V, a minor vi, b diminished (b-d-f) vii. Then over each chord play the scale notes (all naturals) over each chord. Play the chords slowly with the scale in the right hand and then improvise a bit on each chord. After you do that with each of the chords in the key, then go back and rewrite your melody for measures 5 - 8 really listening to the chords you have. Use your ear to guide you!

As we’re getting started working together, please tell me a little about yourself, how you like to spend your time, what are your favorite things in school and out, and how long have you been involved in music and what instrument/s do you play? This will help me get more of a sense of who you are and how that relates to the music you compose.

Please feel free to ask any questions about what I’ve written. I look forward to seeing what you write next!

#2 Sean Moran 2017-02-28 10:37
I just changed the permissions in Noteflight - let me know if it works. Thanks and great to meet you too! - Sean
#1 Lee Heuermann 2017-02-16 15:05
Dear Sean,

I’m so happy to meet you! I’ll be your mentor for Opus 32 through the month of April and I’m very excited to get to know you and your music! I’m a composer and performer (voice, piano and flute) and love many kinds of music - classical, jazz, and especially music from India, Africa and Brazil. I live and teach in Berkeley, California.

I'm glad to see you've posted for Opus 32. Thanks for posting both an .xml and a .pdf file. Unfortunately, we can't see your Noteflight score because you haven't set permission for us to view it. Try the steps below and if that's not the answer you'll have to check in with your teacher:

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.
6. Post a comment that you’ve fixed the Sharing.

Let me know when you’re set with Noteflight and I'll get back to you with some comments. Thanks and so happy to be working with you!


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