Theme & Variations
Year 1 (Level 1) – These students will take a single, prominent theme that is 8–16 bars in length from a piece of music that they are currently studying (e.g., an ensemble performance piece, an excerpt presented to a music theory course). Within the class period, the student will create a variation on the theme that is both similar to and different from the original source theme. The student’s original variation must be notated. The created variation must be in the same tonality and meter as the original theme, but it should differ in use of other elements of music (e.g., rhythm, pitches, intervals, contour). The variation should also be the same number of bars as the original theme.
Year 2 (Level 2) – These students must change both the tonality and the meter, vary other elements of the music (as listed above), and extend the length up to twice that of the original theme.
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