Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Piano Teacher's Guide to Creative Composition - Part 3 (Reading Together)

I continue to be impressed with the richness and practicality of the information that Carol Klose offers in each of these short chapters.

This week's chapter focuses on how to map a composition. Klose recommends mapping out a composition in order to help students develop a more coherent piece.

Using a Graph
The graph is used to depict the levels of excitement within the composition.
This section includes the following examples:
- an example of a basic graph (blank)
- an example of a graph with title, story, levels of excitement, and form
- an example on how to add more detail to the graph, including tempo, dynamics, and characteristics of the sections

Generating Assignments
Klose gives two detailed examples of how to generate easily understood assignments based off of the graph.

Useful Tool to Evaluate Standard Repertoire
When students learn to use a graph for their own compositions, this is a skill that then easily transfers over to standard repertoire. They are familiar with how to use a graph and then are able to use it as a tool to analyze standard repertoire.

What stood out to you from this chapter? Please leave your comments below.

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