In today’s Qtorial – our weekly series of lesson & activity ideas from Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music – Quaver turns our attention to his favorite Studio Creative!
Qtorial 10: Introducing QComposer!
Now that we’ve taken some time to explore and create some great projects in QBackbeat, I thought we should give QComposer a turn!
If you’ve never had a look at it then you MUST! QComposer is one of the most powerful apps available in QuaverMusic.com.
In QComposer, users place notes on the staff to write music, choose instruments to play back their composition, and take notes from the Chord Helper and Melody Maker to help learn the ropes! They can even watch the piano play the right notes back to them!
Let’s think about all of the possibilities for an application like this. We know that every student needs to know the Grand Staff, notes on the lines and the spaces, note durations, composition, harmony, lyric writing, form, and even 2-part writing. You can take all of these for a run in QComposer!
When I was a school teacher, I had computers on every desk of my school classroom with a simple score-writing program. If I gave students a task and left them to their own devices, they would click and create pretty patterns of notes that had nothing to do with real composition. You can imagine when they pressed play – it sounded like two cats wrestling on a grand piano!
We built QComposer with these unique, cutting-edge features to help students get more out of score-writing, and learn to love creating music in the process:
- Chord Builder helps them to find which chords harmonize which notes
- Melody Maker help students to build blocks of one measure melodies
- QLyrics helps students write lyrics to their pieces
- Input options in QComposer allow input via the on-screen keyboard or via the staff
- Dynamics allow students to add expression to their composition and reinforce the Dynamic terms
- Patch allows students to select different sounds for their melodies
In the next few weeks we will be exploring these different elements in detail, but for now take ten minutes to go to QComposer and write a 4-measure melody of your own.
Have fun playing with all the great teaching tools there, and let us know what you think in the comments below!