How can you compose a balanced melody?

In this lesson, we will explore how composers use balanced melodies in compositions in order to help create longer 4 and 8 bar balanced melodies.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What does a time signature tell you?

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Q2.What time signature does most pop and dance music use?

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Q3.Which one of these is a simple time signature?

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Q4.Which one of these is a compound time signature?

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Q5.What was the time signature of 'Take 5'?

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What does a time signature tell you?

1/5

Q2.What time signature does most pop and dance music use?

2/5

Q3.Which one of these is a simple time signature?

3/5

Q4.Which one of these is a compound time signature?

4/5

Q5.What was the time signature of 'Take 5'?

5/5

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Quiz:

Composing a longer balanced melody

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.Balanced melodies usually have...

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Q2.Which musical period favoured balanced phrases?

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Q3.Which is the most common phrase length?

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Q4.When composing a melody, which pitch should your question end on?

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Q5.When composing a melody, which pitch should your answer end on?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Composing a longer balanced melody

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.Balanced melodies usually have...

1/5

Q2.Which musical period favoured balanced phrases?

2/5

Q3.Which is the most common phrase length?

3/5

Q4.When composing a melody, which pitch should your question end on?

4/5

Q5.When composing a melody, which pitch should your answer end on?

5/5

Lesson summary: How can you compose a balanced melody?

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