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14. Composing a Melody for Voice Exercises

Grade Five Music Theory Lesson 14: Composing for Voice Exercises [Archive lesson]

  Please note: the ABRSM Grade 5 syllabus no longer includes any questions on composition 


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Exercise 1: Dividing Text into Eight Bars

Divide each of the following texts into 8 bars. Draw barlines in the appropriate places.


  1. Sweet, be not proud of those two eyes
    Which, star-like, sparkle in their skies.
    Answer 1
  2. Of all the birds that ever I see,
    The owl is fairest in her degree.
    Answer 2
  3. In winter, when the fields are white,
    I sing this song for your delight.
    Answer 3
  4. No stir in the air, no stir in the sea,
    The ship was as still as she could be.
    Answer 4

Exercise 2

Write a complete melody for each of the above texts. Don't forget to include performance directions.

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