Composition Based on I-IV-V Chord Progression


Rob Fragione
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Amity Jr. High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Multimedia/Digital Media


Middle School




Computer, Finale or Sibelius Notation Software


45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic notation skills

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.


Computer needs to be connected to a large monitor or projector for students to view the modeled lesson.

Finale Worksheet


Students will compose an eight-measure melody based on the I, IV, and V (v7) chord progression using 3 part harmony.


1. I will model how to compose a melody that uses a variety of rhythmic patterns.
2. I will provide them with the chord progression to use.
3. I will provide them with the key and time signature.
4. I will give them rhythmic limitations per staff (ex. only 2 whole notes per staff).
5. I will give them a checklist so that they can self evaluate and edit their work before submitting the final product.


I will evaluate their work on a 24-point scale (Each measure is worth 4 points). They will be evaluated on correct use of chords and amount of beats per measure.

Follow Up:

Share each student’s song with the class on the large monitor so they can see the notation as they hear the music.

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