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Music Outside the LinesIdeas for Composing in K-12 Music Classrooms$
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Maud Hickey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826773.001.0001

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Musical Elements

Musical Elements

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(p.105) 6 Musical Elements
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Music Outside the Lines
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Maud Hickey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826773.003.0006

This chapter describes the technical principles of music composition. These include not only basic musical elements such as pitch, rhythm, timbre, texture, and density, but also chords and beats. The chapter illustrates some compositional ideas by first discussing the conceptual basis of a number of musical elements. It further argues that there is no music with just one musical element and that “technical” composition activities should be supplemented with varied musical listening. It also states that compositional assignments given to students should be parameter-driven and rule-bound. Some activities are then provided at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   music composition, musical elements, pitch, rhythm, timbre, texture, density, technical composition activities

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