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Composition Assignment

First Quarter


Standard: MU:Cr1.1.E.5a Compose and improvise melodic and rhythmic ideas or motives that reflect characteristic(s) of music or text(s) studied in rehearsal.


In this assignment you will create your very own composition for your instrument.


Step 1: Create a Noteflight account.

  1. Go to .

  2. Click on the button that says “Join Noteflight”

  3. Carefully enter your school e-mail and your school password twice.

  4. Hit “Sign Up” or ENTER


Step 2: Authorize your account.

  1. Go to the upper right hand corner and click on the picture.

  2. Enter your user name as  your first name, initial of your last name, and student ID as your user name.

    1. JenniferP10004567

  3. If it requests an activation from your e-mail, check that your e-mail name is correct and hit send e-mail.

  4. Open your GMail account

  5. Find the e-mail from Noteflight and click on the link to authorize your account.

  6. Use your first name, initial of your last name, and student ID as your user name.

    1. JenniferP10004567


Step 3: From the home page click on the red button in the upper left corner that says “New Score.”

  1. Click on the clef at the start of the staff and go to the top where the “Staff” pull down menu is. Select “change instrument” and pick your instrument from the menu that pops up.

  2. Repeat this process for the bottom staff.

  3. Highlight the clef again and go back to the “Staff” menu and this time select “Change Key Signature”

    1. Low Brass, Percussion, and Flutes select Bb.

    2. Clarinets, Trumpets, and Tenor Saxophones select C.

    3. Alto Saxophones select G.

    4. Horns select F.


Step 4: Start writing your the first line of your piece.

Write four measures of quarter notes using only the pitches that we have learned in class. Starting on “Do” and ending on “Do” will make your piece sound more complete.


Sep 5: Add at least one pair of eighth notes to your four measures.

  1. Click on the quarter note that you want to change to two eighth notes.

  2. When the pop-up menu appears, select the eighth note.

  3. Click on the new eighth rest that appears.

  4. Enter another eighth note over the rest (same pitch).


Step 6: Add at least one half note to your four measures.

  1. Click on the quarter note that you are removing from the measure and then click on the red trash can icon.

  2. Click on the quarter note that you are changing to a half note and then click on the half note in the pop-up window.


Step 7: Add a harmony line.

  1. On the bottom staff, use half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, no more than one whole note, and no more than two beats of rest to create a line that compliments your original melody.

  2. Try not to put notes that align vertically as pitches that are right next to each other. For instance, don’t have one line playing a Bb at the same time as the other line is playing an A.


Step 8: Naming and Saving

  1. Put a title of your composition by clicking where it says “Title” and typing what you want to name it.

  2. Click where it says “Composer” and enter your first and last name.

  3. Go to the “File” pull-down menu at the top of the screen and hit “Save.”

  4. Go to the “Sharing” button in the top right hand corner.

    1. Click the box for “Everyone” under who can access this score.

    2. Mark that anyone with a link can comment.

    3. Hit save.

  5. Click on the link button (three dots connected by two lines) and highlight the link and copy it.

  6. Open your e-mail account and click on “Compose”

  7. Type into the “to” line.

  8. Write your first and last name as the subject.

  9. Copy the URL into the body of the e-mail and send.


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