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12. Composing a Melody: (General) Exercises

Grade Five Music Theory Lesson 12: Composing a Melody - Exercises

  • This page contains a few exercises to test your understanding of how to tackle the composition question in the grade 5 music theory exam.
  • Exam style questions can be found in the next two lessons.
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Exercise 1 - General Knowledge about Compositions 

1. Which of these is the ideal number of bars for a vocal composition in the grade 5 theory exam: 5 bars, 7 bars, 8 bars, 10 bars? lightbulbette

2. On which note of the scale should a composition end? lightbulbette

3. Which of these note values is ideal as the final note of a composition: minim (half note), quaver (eighth note), semiquaver (sixteenth note)?lightbulbette

4. Which of these are essential to add to your composition: tempo, dynamics, articulation (e.g. slurs)? lightbulbette

5. True or False: In order to get top marks in the composition question, you need to show a great deal of imagination and creativity. lightbulbette

6. If there is an up beat (or "anacrusis" or "pick up"), which bar do you count as bar 1? lightbulbette

 

 

Exercise 2 - Adapting an opening 

Find the odd one out: which bar would NOT be suitable to use in the same composition as the given bar? Give reasons for your choices.

a. Given bar:

composition-odd-1-given

Which bar wouldn't fit?

composition-odd-1 0 0composition-odd-1 0 1composition-odd-1 0 2composition-odd-1 0 3composition-odd-1 0 4

 

b. Given bar:

composition-odd-2-given

Which bar wouldn't fit?

composition-odd-2 0 0composition-odd-2 0 1composition-odd-2 0 2composition-odd-2 0 3

 

 

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