Mentoring Program

my opus piece

Composer Name: Kasi Mccann
This piece will get a name change soon but I don't have a good name for it yet.
Grade Level: 8
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: French horn and voice
Key: C major
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 170
Status: Work in Progress
Located in: Opus 33 Grades 6-8


#4 Michael Close 2018-02-21 08:25
Hello Kasi,

I liked hearing your piece so far. I especially enjoyed the lively rhythms in measures 1-2, 7-8.

So, is this piece for violins? That's what the downbow marking at the beginning tells me.

Violin is not one of the instruments for Opus 33, so if you want to submit this for consideration you'll need to write for a different instrument. Here are the guidelines:

Instrumentation: Mix and match any of the below instruments for your composition.

Brass Quintet (2 trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba)


2 Percussion: two performers available with xylophone, glockenspiel, drum set, 4 tom-toms, snare, woodblock, tambourine, suspended cymbal, triangle)

Vocal Quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, bass)

While I love the opening 4-measure theme and its return, also the last few measures- the stuff that comes in between does not seem as strong. Measure 13, for example, seems fragmentary. Work on these measures: 5-6, 11-14. Dynamics and articulation can go a long way towards shaping the music too.

Keep up the good work!

#3 Kasi McCann 2018-02-21 07:14

Above is the link to Kasi's piece. Should she go through the entire "Add Entry" process again, or will this link work? It only displays the "https" in my view of the window, but you can click there to get to Noteflight.

Thanks, Hilary
#2 Michael Close 2018-02-07 11:05
Hello Kasi,

I will be your mentor for this piece. I'd love to see it but there is no file posted. Please follow Erik's instructions below and then post a note in the comments section that you've posted your piece- I'll get an email notification and will write back within a day.

Best Wishes,

Mike Close
#1 Erik Nielsen 2018-02-06 10:44
Dear Kasi,
I'm glad to see you're entering Opus 33, but you didn't post a file, so we can't mentor you until you do. Please make sure that you have checked off sharing so that all site members can comment. Ask Ms. Goldblatt for help if you're having trouble. We look forward to working with you on this.

Best wishes,

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