Demonstration of Kansas Music Teacher Standards
Kansas Music Standard #3: The teacher of music has skills in composing and arranging music.
- The teacher knows the ranges and traditional usages of various musical sound sources.
- The teacher composes music appropriate for various developmental stages.
- The teacher uses imagination and technical skill in applying the principles of composition.
- The teacher transcribes or arranges selected music for voices and instruments other than those for which the pieces were written in ways that preserve or enhance musical expression.
Regardless of the amount of published music available for commercial purchase, very few ensembles have perfect or even complete instrumentation. Music teachers must be able to adapt and arrange music for all different types and levels of ensembles and performers. This requires the knowledge of range and transpositions for all instruments and voices. This is the primary focus of the Instrumentation and Arranging course, a class required for graduation for all music education majors. Another area that has been extremely encouraging of my composition is the musical theory courses at KSU. Every theory course required me to compose a new piece of music.
Woodwind Arrangment: This link should take you to an example of a music that I arranged for a mixed woodwind ensemble. This is an example of transcription, for the music to The Girl With The Flaxen Hair was originally composed by Claude Debussy.
Composition: This was an excerpt from an original work that I composed for the Theory IV composition assignment. Entitled Lucky Bamboo, it utilizes various 20th century compositional techniques as well as unique instrumentation. I was lucky enough to have it selected and performed at the bi-annual KSU music theory recital.
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