This project was to showcase our skills and knowledge from our last four projects on the properties of music: Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, and Bass. We were to make an eight measure (or longer) composition showcasing all of these, as well as demonstrate certain 21st Century Skills.
21st Century Skills Demonstrated
Creativity and Innovation, Media Literacy, Flexibility & Adaptability
The skills I highlighted most most in this project were the three above. Since, I am creating something, creativity was definitely a skill I needed to demonstrate along with my innovation skills for I wanted to make a composition that was different from others. I had to be very flexible with this composition because sometimes I would make a little motif and it would end up not fitting with the rest, meaning I had to trash it or modify it. I believe my ability to do this while keeping on track with my time showed this skill. Lastly, all of the materials that were available to me and I used, like the four of Howard Goodall’s videos on Melody, Harmony, Bass, and Rhythm, show use of my media literacy skill.
I chose the Key of F Major for my composition, ‘Six of Harps’, because I wanted a song with a happier feel as opposed to my more usual, sad sounding music in a minor key.
Here is a screen shot of the tracks in GarageBand.
This is the shorter version with an Intro and a Chorus.
And, this is the longer version with an Intro, Chorus, Verse, and the Chorus again.
Reactions to the Final Version
Eli: “Definitely not what I was expecting (not that that’s a bad thing…). Pretty groovy though. I like the drum beat and the slightly jazz feel. Ending could have some work however.”
Emily: “Wow, I was aware that Mayah had musical talent, but I was not aware how much was within her! The ending for sure was my favorite, the way it almost sounded like a ‘fading’ feeling. Props to Mayah for creating an AMAZING composition.”
Evaluation of the Final Version
As you saw, I have a short and a long version of my composition. The short version is just my intro and chorus and it is what I am most proud of. The long version has my verse that I added in as I continued to work on my composition. I put both on here because the verse section I made isn’t really how I wanted it to be, but I did want to share it, so you all can see where I was trying to go with this composition.
I named this composition ‘Six of Harps’ because, first, I imagine this song in groups of six (listen to the harp or drum track), and then I thought of the playing card, six of hearts, because this is a really happy, lighthearted song. The name of my composition is just a really bad pun, excuse me.
What I Learned and Problems I Solved
While making this composition I learned how to “fail faster” in order to end up with a piece that is actually worth something. A part I had trouble with while making my composition was the transition from Chorus to Verse. I figured out a few ways to fix this problem by changing note lengths and adjusting my drum track. It still isn’t really how I wanted it, but this was definitely a learning experience.