Creating Twelve Tone Rows

Creating Twelve Tone Rows

Richard Rogers
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West High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software
Instructional Software


High School


Music Theory


CPU, Monitor, Notation Software, LCD projector


45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic computer skills, notation skills, knowledge of intervals

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

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

NAfME 2014: Creating


Worksheet explaining Tweleve Tone Rows: Prime, Retrograde, Inversion and Retrograde Inversion
Right-Click here to download the Finale Worksheet


Students will take a given tone row and enter a retograde row, an inversion row and a retrograde inversion of the given prime row using notation software. Listen after each addition. Students will create their own prime row and enter a retograde row, an inversion row and a retrograde inversion of their orginial prime row using notation software. Students will print a hard copy of their work for the instructor.


Load given tone row (prime). Enter prime row in retrograde form (backwards). Listen to prime and retrograde row together. Enter the inversion row (all intervals written upside down) of the prime row and listen to all three rows together. Enter the retrograde inversion row (inversion notes written in reverse order) of the prime row and listen to all four rows together. Now create your own prime row and add the retrograde, inversion and retrograde inversion rows. Print out the assignment of the rows your created.


Have students display their projects on a LCD projector for the class and have students turn in hard copies of their work for assessment.

Follow Up:


Items to Purchase:

Notation software, LCD projector

When budget should be submitted:


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