Composing in Layers

Year 8 have been looking at the nuts and bolts of how to put together a piece of music. Broadly speaking, most music, particularly pop music, can be thought of in layers:

top floor – melody

1st floor – harmony/chord pattern

ground floor – bass line

foundation – rhythm section

The challenge for Year 8 was to compose a piece of music with all these layers and to think carefully about the shape and structure of their piece too. Below are a couple of examples – work in progress but a few more tweaks and they will be finished:


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