You are about to go on an adventure in a land where music is magic and you must compose to complete the quests that are laid out before you.
The Dragon Quest is a delightful introduction to music composition.
A magical musician is looking for an apprentice until he finds you. If you are willing, he will send you on an adventure that will require you to compose music of your own to overcome challenges and complete your mission.
The Dragon Quest contains several easy music composition exercises that will give students a solid introduction to the magical world of music composition.
In addition to teaching composition, the story in this book explores concepts such as musicianship and smart practice. Through the use of stories, students engage and take ownership of these concepts.
No matter what your instrument or your age, The Dragon Quest is sure to become one of your favorite music instruction books of all time.
What instruments can use Music Composition Adventures?
There are specific instructions for 19 of the most common instruments: Piano, Recorder, Guitar, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Pitched Percussion (Marimba, xylophone, etc.), Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass. Unless you play in a gamelan ensemble or you play some other obscure, non-western, musical instruments, if your instrument is not on this list, you should have no trouble following the instructions for another instrument.
Why should students compose?
Why should students write music on a page?
The process of writing music on a page is an excellent way to deepen a students understanding of music notation. Putting pencil to paper creates a connection to the details of music notation and their function. It gives real world experience with elements of music that are often only conceptualized or worse, overlooked.
What age is Music Composition Adventures intended for?
Ages 6 and up
What does the student need to know before they can begin The Dragon Quest?
The Dragon Quest is designed to be an easy introduction to writing music. Students don't need a lot of experience with music notation but it is recommended that they have had a preliminary introduction to music notation. This can be given by a general music educator at school, a private lessons teacher or even a parent who has some basic knowledge of music notation.
Will there be a book two?
Be on the look out for Book 2 - The Fear Worms, available soon!
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