Create a Composition Using Finale

Create a composition using Finale

Leslie Mac Pherson
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Northern Valley Reg. HS

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



High School


1. Finale (preferably 2003 version)


300 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

1. Limited use of Finale (tutorials)
2. Able to read music

NAfME Standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standard of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME Standard of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


The poem by Pablo Casals “You Are a Marvel”


1. Study musical choices available based on the lyrics of the Pablo Casals poem “You Are a Marvel”
2. Create a composition using Finale with the lyrics of the poem


1. Read the poem and analyze as a class
2. Review the 3 ways to enter notes in Finale
3. Before input begins, discuss form that each student would like to use for their composition
4. Students will begin composing original piece with constant teacher guidance.


1. Class will listen to each completed composition and critique
2. Each student will receive a letter grade

Follow Up:

1. Transpose compositions using Finale
2. Add instruments to composition
3. Transfer Finale file to Band in a Box and manipulate style sounds

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