Mother’s Day Beginning Composing

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Mothers Day Composing Activity

Originally posted in 2008, I’ve revised the art and words, and put both the pre-reading and on-the-staff versions in the same file.  They use less ink, too. Print only the version you want and save paper!

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Some students take meticulous care in writing their melody. Others dash it off as just one more thing they have to hurry through! Some like to add words and others want to change my rhythm all around. It’s interesting to watch their reaction and it’s fine with me! My rule is that it has to end on the tonic to work with my melody.

If you’ve never seen this kind of composing sheet, here is a quick tutorial.

Pre-reading

  • Use any 5-finger position.
  • Sing the first 8 measures.
  • Clap and count the rhythm of the last 8 measures until they know it well.
  • Students write in the finger numbers they want to use inside the flower pictures. Be sure to use pencil! A good composer is always revising!
  • Optional: Laminate and add a bow as a Mother’s Day present!

On-the-staff

  • Follow the same directions as above, except students write their melody on the staff.
  • Students who are more advanced like to write in chords or notes in the l.h. and melody in the right.
  • Beginning students limit their melody to the right hand in C position.
  • Explain a good sounding melody often will end on the 5th note of the scale in measure 12 and the tonic key note in the last measure. This is a great opportunity to discuss how to write a good melody.
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3 Responses to Mother’s Day Beginning Composing

  1. Thanks for updating this, Susan. I look forward to using these at May group lessons. I set a specific length of time for students to complete the piece and we take turns playing their compositions. It’s a lot of fun and the students compose some very interesting pieces.

  2. Kirsti

    Thank you! I used this activity last year and it was a big hit with students and Moms!

  3. Jane Alphin

    Thanks so much for this, Susan! I know my students will enjoy this, as well as the moms. Happy composing!

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