Music Composition III for Teens: Beyond the Basics with Minor Keys & Cadences
Music Composition III for Teens: Beyond the Basics with Minor Keys & Cadences

Music Composition III for Teens: Beyond the Basics with Minor Keys & Cadences

Music Composition III for Teens: Beyond the Basics with Minor Keys & Cadences

Do you have a musically-inclined teen who wants to take their skill set to the next level? My music composition classes for teens offer a fun way to expand any music student’s skill set through composition.

Music Composition for Teens Minor Keys and Cadences

This self-paced class picks up where the Music Composition II class left off. This class builds on harmony technique and expands how we think about the Tonic, Dominant, and Subdominant chords. We will also add in a new chord progression as we study cadences. We’ll learn to write music in minor keys and how the concepts we learned for major keys need to be adjusted to work for minor. We’ll also work with Pentatonic scales. The conclusion of this class will include a short project where students compose a harmonized song using major, minor, or Pentatonic.

Please read the prerequisites carefully if you are thinking about joining this class without taking earlier classes in this progression.

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Students will be writing music almost immediately. As part of the course, they will work in Noteflight, a web-based music composition app. My studio maintains a license for Noteflight Learn in order to provide a private, safe space for students to learn and create their music. This class is not limited by instruments or genres – the concepts covered work for everything. Because of Noteflight, students do not even need to own an instrument. Students who are new to this series will receive access to my Noteflight tutorials.

Outschool Self-Paced Classes

Videos and hands-on activities make up each lesson in this class. Since the class is self-paced, students can work on the material as their schedules allow. Upon completion of assignments, I assess the work and provide feedback. Students are welcome to contact me at any time with questions or for further assistance/information

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Prerequisites for the Music Composition III Class

This class is geared towards advanced beginner / intermediate composition students with a solid footing in music theory. Completion of Music Composition II will fulfill the prerequisites. Or, you can check out my private music composition lessons. In order to fully participate in this class, students should:

  • Be able to read Treble and Bass clef including 2 ledger lines above and below
  • Be able to create a melody in a major key
  • Know transformations including transposition, inversion, retrograde, and rhythmic augmentation and diminution.
  • Be able to perform a chord analysis on a melody line and identify where to use the Tonic (I), Subdominant (IV), and Dominant (V) chords.
  • Understand harmonic rhythm and how to apply it to a melody line to create mood and motion
  • Be able to write music using the following song forms: Question & Answer, Rondo, and AB Tonic-Dominant


Classes are self-paced and begin immediately after registration.

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About Outschool

The Outschool platform started as a small learning site geared towards homeschoolers. The pandemic saw an influx of students from traditional schooling backgrounds and Outschool responded. Now, it’s a popular platform that serves students world-wise with thousands of teachers and topics. Outschool provides a safe, inclusive space for all learners and has been a part of our family’s homeschool journey since 2017. I became a teacher there in 2020 when the pandemic forced me to close my in-person studio.


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