~ Notation Exercise ~

Melody Composition in a Minor Key

You will write a four-measure melody in D melodic minor, ending on a whole note D in the first beat of a fifth measure.

  • Requirements for this exercise:
  • A title centered at the top of the score, the text of the title is up to you.
  • Your full name should be placed in the composer field, below and to the right of the title.
  • You must have either a treble or bass clef, and a 4/4 time signature at the start of the piece
  • You must place the correct key signature for D minor
  • You must begin your melody on scale degree 1, in the key of D, scale degree 1 is the note D
  • Most movement in the song should be by step. You are only allowed to leap/skip a letter between scale degrees 1, 3, and 5 (D, F, A in the key of D minor). However, you must skip/leap at least twice in the composition.
  • Your fifth measure must be a whole note on scale degree 1, no other whole notes are allowed in the melody
  • You will need to raise scale degrees 6 and 7 when ascending and make sure you are using natural minor when descending. Your melody must have one instance of ascending scale degrees 6, 7, 8. Your melody must have one instance of descending scale degrees 8, 7, 6.
  • If you are using MuseScore, here is a template file to get you started
  • Always try to submit assignments early so that the instructor might be able to give you some feedback. That way, if there are any problems you can resubmit a corrected version.
  • When using a notation program for one of these assignments, you will need to export your score as a PDF. Most notation programs will have an "Export as PDF", or "Print as PDF" option. If it doesn't, consider changing programs. Once you have your score saved as a PDF, upload it to the assignment in your course. Here are instructions for exporting a PDF in MuseScore. And here are instructions for exporting a PDF using Flat.io.