~ Notation Exercise ~

Compose and Perform a Rhythm in Four Measures

Cell 1

a dotted half note

Cell 2

a dotted quarter and an eighth note

Cell 3

a quarter note

Cell 4

a quarter rest

Cell 5

two eighth notes

For this exercise you will create a rhythm that includes each of the five cells above at least once. You will then need to practice and then perform the rhythm you created.

  • 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.
  • Your composition must be exactly four measures long in 4/4 or 3/4 meter. Be sure there are no empty measures after measure four.
  • You must use each of the cells above at least once in your composition. Keep in mind that each cell is a complete unit and cannot be broken up or reordered.
  • You can include other rhythms in your example, but keep in mind that you will need to be able to perform this rhythm.
  • You can use different pitches if you want to, but you can also just create the whole example on a single note ~ The note B tends to work well in treble clef.
  • If you are using MuseScore for your notation assignments, you might download this template in 4/4 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.