Qtorial 10: Introducing QComposer!

by Abby @ Quaver on December 13, 2011

in In the Quaver Classroom!,Qtorials,QuaverMusic.com

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!

Welcome to 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:

  1. Chord Builder helps them to find which chords harmonize which notes
  2. Melody Maker help students to build blocks of one measure melodies
  3. QLyrics helps students write lyrics to their pieces
  4. Input options in QComposer allow input via the on-screen keyboard or via the staff
  5. Dynamics allow students to add expression to their composition and reinforce the Dynamic terms
  6. 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!

Quaver Out!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alison December 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Is there a way to use QComposer with only a treble staff? The only available patches are Marimba and Piano, which both use a grand staff. My students are reading and writing only on the treble staff, and I want them to be able to use QComposer as a valuable tool for composition. Thank you!


2 Abby @ Quaver December 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Hi Alison!

At this time there’s not an additional patch for treble staff, but we are going to have one of our trainers come up with some recommendations for you to make the most of our composition tools! We’ll also put that in as a recommendation for the future. Thank you!

Abby and the Quaver team


3 Abby @ Quaver December 12, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Trainer Valerie has this suggestion:

Some teachers have students use only the treble clef and may make passing reference to the bass clef. Many students will students will identify that as the “left hand” when they play piano. Since the student account can be used throughout elementary and middle school music experiences, students can compose for the treble clef in younger grades and save their pieces. In later years they can add chords or individual notes when learning about chords and harmony.

Thanks again for submitting this question – we will pass along the suggestion!


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: