One of the composing tasks for LC Music students is a 16-bar melody. When this is in a minor key, it can throw up some challenges. An aural approach is key to the creation of good melodies. This tutorial highlights four areas - modulating (or not) at the end of the second phrase; creating a sequence in the third phrase; handling the raised 7th throughout and providing a strong ending.
Suggestions for use: The four main troublesome areas of minor melody-writing are dealt with separately, leading to the final, finished examples. Teachers may wish to follow the suggested approach, tackling the issues that arise in the melody. Students should also find the tutorial useful when they are revising the topic.
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