Mentoring Program

All around

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This piece is about a girl who is different from other people (I am not sure quite how yet) and she gets teased a lot for it. She is very sad about it.
Grade Level: 6
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Piano Cello Flute
Key: C
Meter Signature: 44
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 32 grades 6-8


#5 Lee Heuermann 2017-04-04 15:52
Dear Tatiana,

Thanks for entering your piece, “All Around” for Opus 32. Unfortunately, it was not chosen for performance. However, I congratulate you on the work you put into it. I’ve really enjoyed mentoring you, and encourage you to keep composing. I look forward to seeing more work from you in the future and hope to work with you again. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

#4 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-29 18:26
Hello Tatiana,

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.

Please see my notes from 3/14!

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!

#3 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-23 14:26
Dear Tatiana,

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!

#2 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-14 15:48
Dear Tatiana,

Thank you so much for sharing your piece “All Around” and I’m very excited to be working with you on it. Right away, I like your interesting rhythms in the right hand (RH) of the piano part.

For starters with a few practical things, could you please switch the order of your score. The flute should be on top, then cello, with piano on the bottom.

Another small change that would be helpful for the performers sight reading your piece for the first time would be to change the way you notate the rhythm in measures (mms.) 1, 2, and 4 of the right hand of the piano:

m.1 - beam the G (on beat 2) to the B and make that an eighth note and tie it to a B dotted quarter note. That shows where the beats fall more clearly, which is easier for the performer to read and decipher quickly.

m.2 - do the same

m. 4 - beam the G to the F (as 2 eighth notes) and tie it to a dotted quarter note again.

Also, change your rests in the flute part, m. 3 and cello part m. 4 - to quarter note rests instead of eighth note rests. It looks less cluttered that way.

I like how it feels like you’re having a conversation between your instruments in the flute, cello and RH of the piano. I also like that you’re writing about a very important subject, which is teasing someone in a hurtful way. It’s so important to express feelings through art and I like that you are creating a musical story about that. You say that the girl is somehow different but you’re not sure how. Maybe you could explore that by having one of the instruments represent this girl. See what her character might do musically. How does she feel? You do mention she’s sad, and how might that sound musically?

Also, please try to add a bit to the piano left hand (maybe harmony).

Please let me know if you have any questions and I can’t wait to see what you write next!

#1 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-06 21:26
Dear Tatiana,

I’m so happy to meet you and to be working with you on your piece "All Around". 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.

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.

I'll look at your piece and get back to you very soon.

Best Wishes,


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