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Year 12: Half Term Homework

Starting Points Final Composition (Tuesday 31st October)

A rounded binary form piece for string quartet submitted on Moodle as TWO files:

  • File 1: the melody with Roman numeral chords (and if it helps you a stave with those chords put in as simple block chords just to guide the harmony)
  • File 2: the same melody in the first violin part of the string quartet with SIMPLE accompaniments adapted from  Simple Quartet Textures, You must say in your submission which texture you have used (just add it as a post-it note on the score).

You must follow this detailed composition brief very carefully and exactly.

  • I recommend that you do a SENTENCE as we have done a lot of work on that – use the notes here to help you
  • Look at the notes dissonance
  • Check the Harmonic DOs and DON’Ts
  • Make sure you cadences follow one of these patterns (and that you end the last cadence stepwise onto the tonic note of the key)

Revision for starting points test on Wednesday/Thursday  1st/2nd November

Topics covered:


Year 12 Homework w/c 9th October

REMEMBER: You need to hand in the music (including accompaniments) for your initial performance NEXT WEEK

Composition Circle of Fifths Homework (for end of THURSDAY on Moodle)
Use the template on page 33 of the Starting Points booklet to write a circle of fifths progression in a reasonable key of your choice.

  • Bar 1 should be I – IV
  • the bass line should just be root position minims
  • write a melody for bar 1 that avoids parallel octaves of fifths (put the bass in first inversion for one or other chord if necessary)
  • bar 2 moves down a step
  • bar 3 moves down another step
  • bar 4 moves down a final step BUT the second half of the bar should be changed so the whole bar fits with chord V

Transfer your work to a string quartet score with the simple bass line in the cello part and the melody in the first violin. You can fill in the other parts with simple accompaniments if you wish.

Submit on Sibelius


Writing a Melody Homework (handed in during the lesson on Tuesday)
Use THIS RESOURCE to help you write two separate melodies presented on manuscript paper with the melody on the stave and chord labels (I, IV, V etc.) underneath. Do NOT write a bass line or texture etc.

Your first melody should be a sentence and the second should be a period

For each,

  1. Create a basic idea (this includes, tempo, dynamics etc. use the chart on the page to choose these)
  2. Write a cadence
  3. Complete you period or sentence according to the description
  4. CHECK IT to make sure you have no rogue dissonances or other problems




Year 12 Homework w/c 2nd October

Starting Points Theory (For Friday’s lesson – I will take in booklets and look at the cadence work from last week as well)

Please complete exercise F2. We have analyzed the progession in F1 in class and found it to be ii6 I6/4 V I and the idea is that you use exactly this progression. A couple of things to note:

  • pay attention to leaps in the parts, spacing and doubling
  • the ii does NOT have seventh unlike some of the others we have done
  • the soprano part is not the same as F1 but the chord progression should be

Composition task (for submission end of Tuesday on Sibelius)

Please complete a cadential passage for string quartet that meets the following criteria:

  1. the chord progression must be I6  ii6 I6/4 V I
  2. melody must be in violin 1 with a simple accompaniment in violin 2, viola and cello (either follow a model as simple as those on p. 21 of the starting points booklet or look at these textures)
  3. final cadence must be in root position in bass with stepwise progression to the root of the tonic in the violin 1 part
  4. Just as in four-part work as above, you need to take care of spacing, doubling and leaping.


Year 12 homework w/c 25th Sept.

Cadences (for this FRIDAY 29th)
Please complete the cadences on page 12 (C2). There is a workshop on FRIDAY at 12.30 if you are struggling.

Composition for next TUESDAY (3rd October)
Please write either a slow (crotchet = 60 or slower) or a fast (crotchet = 120 or faster) melody following the instructions below:

  • Create a rhythmic idea of no more than five durations
    • You might want to think of a shape as well (is your melody going up or down for each note)
    • Decide on a time signature
  • Decide on an instrument (ranges etc. at the bottom of this page)
  • Choose an overall pitch and dynamic contour for your melody where is it going to go high/low, loud/quiet?
  • Bars 1-2: turn your rhythm into a two-bar melody (make sure you add articulations and dynamics at this stage)
    • check the range and qualities of your chosen instrument
    • decide on the key of your melody (the first note should fit with the tonic)
  • Bars 3-4: sequence your melody (move it up or down one or more steps)
  • Bars 5-6: start the same as bars 1 and 3 but move off onto a new idea
  • Bars 7-8: Continue from bar 6 and finish the melody so that the last two notes are either 2-1 of the scale or 7-8 and so could be harmonised by a perfect cadence.

You then need to put it on Sibelius. Make sure you set up the time signature, key and tempo (there is some help with putting in articulation etc. HERE).

Composition from Friday

Complete the texture exercise E2 on paper and then transfer onto Sibelius. You must finish the first line, you need not finish the second line if it takes you a long time. You will have a short amount of time to polish and submit at the end of Tuesday’s lesson.

Sibelius file is on Moodle. Please save to your H drive and I will show you how to submit on Tuesday.

Please keep it REALLY SIMPLE. Just oom-cha-cha-cha in the accompaniment bearing in mind the spacing and voice-leading we have been starting work on.

Year 12 HW w/c 18th September

Homework for Friday

Finish the Chords Exercises for the lesson on Friday.


Complete Basic Idea sheet either for the lesson on Wednesday / Thursday


  1. First two bars are ALL chord (twice as long as last time)
  2. Second two bars are ALL chord IV or and must be the same as bars 1-2 but adapted for the chord

In order to write the first TWO bars follow these instructions and THEN write the second two bars. Ignore the chord just stick to I for the first two bars

Year 12 Homework w/c 11th September

Starting Points HW2 (set Friday for TUESDAY 19th)

Do exercise B2 on the separate sheet of paper provided (Exercise B2). Please carefully note the following:

  1. All the notes must either be part of chord or if they are dissonances they must be standard embellishments as listed here and they must be labelled
  2. The second bar should be the same as the first other than any adaptations needed for it to fit with the new harmony
  3. You must include dynamics and articulation


Starting Points HW1 (set Wed/Thur for hand-in on FRIDAY)

Please complete all the exercises on the first FOUR pages of the starting points booklet (A1-A4). If you are struggling you must come to the workshop on Thursday at 11:25 in the Music Classroom rather than come on Friday having not completed the work.

Help on chords and inversions, figured bass can be found on this website by clicking on the links


Exercise A1 – in the second line of this you need to raise the seventh note of the scale (e.g. the G# below the tonic of A in the example completed for you)

Exercise A2 – done in class

Exercise A3 – shuffle the notes round so you get a triad in root position and all the notes as close together in a stack of thirds. Then look at the bottom note an work out which note of the scale it is so you can work out the Roman Numeral (1st note = I, 5th = V etc.)

Exercise A4 – this is slightly different. You need to work out the chord in root position first and the root will tell you the major or minor key – check the key signature to check you are correct.


Homework w/c 4th Sept.

No homework as such but you need to get organised!

Have you done the summer tasks (see below)?

Apart from that:

  • Show your parents the letter given out in class and bring back payment for the scores, buy the study guide, make sure they have concerts in diary [copy of letter]
  • Buy a ring binder for music (don’t put all your subjects together, there is too much to put it all in one folder)
  • Order tickets for the concert trips to CBSO: Letter / Permission form
  • Make sure have organized instrumental/vocal lessons (yr 12 lesson request)
  • If you are not confident on keys and chords – have a little HERE  before your first lesson next week