Small assignment: Create a new part to a song of your choice
Create a second part to accompany a song selected in a songbook.
Goal and output
Practise creating a second part by ear, applying theoretical understanding of intervals
An original second part to accompany a song of the student's choice
• Invite each student to select a song in a songbook, or to write down the page numbers of several songs, from which you may select one suitable for the assignment, for instance on the basis of interesting harmonies.
• After selecting the song, instruct students to come up with a second part above or below the melody of the selected song by ear (at keyboards, wearing headphones), applying their current theoretical knowledge about intervals.
• Have students write down on score paper both the original melody and the second part they have come up with.
• Go from student to student, commenting on how the student's second part works. Use a splitter plugged into the headphone port on the keyboard so that both you and the student can listen to the student's second part.
Topics in the assignment
Detailed description of tools
Songbooks, signal splitter
This assignment is suitable for students at various levels. Beginners can be invited to come up with a homophonic second part, while more advanced students may be able to come up with a polyphonic second part.
Each student should have a keyboard instrument to himself/herself.
Assignment suitable for further study