Middle School String Improvisation and Composition: A Beginning

by Schnittgrund, Tammy L.

Abstract (Summary)
Schnittgrund, Tammy, M.A., Summer 2007 Fine Arts, Integrated Arts and Education Middle School String Improvisation and Composition: A Beginning Committee Chair: Dorothy Morrison This project involved of a middle school orchestra teachers first attempt at teaching improvisation and composition. The journey began by teaching the basic steps in playing a twelve bar chord progression. Improvised rhythms played on one note were integrated into the progression. The students discovered how to create an improvised melody by playing two notes in a rhythmic pattern. Additional notes were added gradually. The students were asked to notate their improvised melodies and create new compositions using the same technique. After completing their composition, a narrative was written describing their melody and their experiences while composing music. A performance of their melody, with the orchestra accompanying, completed the project.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Randy Bolton; Dorothy Morrison; Karen Kaufmann

School:The University of Montana

School Location:USA - Montana

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:fine arts


Date of Publication:07/16/2007

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