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By Ben Ereddia
You are about to go on an adventure in a land where music is magic and you must compose to complete the quests that are laid out before you.
A magical musician is looking for an apprentice, until he finds, YOU! After some training, he sends you on a quest to visit his friend Norbert. To get there you must cross the troll bridge, find the elf river and head upstream as far as you can go. Then, at the top of the mountain, you will see the cave where Norbert lives. When you get there, however, you will be met with a surprise and the adventure of a lifetime...
The opening book in the Music Composition Adventure series is a fun and engaging introduction to composing music and writing it on the page. The simple challenges help to solidify an understanding of the basic elements of music notation and establish a foundational understanding of the steps to writing music.
In addition to teaching composition and music notation, the story in this book explores concepts such as smart practice and musicianship. Through the use of stories, students engage and take ownership of these concepts.
No matter what your instrument or your age, The Dragon Quest is sure to become one of your favorite music instruction books.
Click here to find the author's Ideas for Teachers on how to best incorporate this book in their lesson plans.
There are specific instructions for 19 of the most common instruments: Piano, Recorder, Guitar, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Pitched Percussion (Marimba, xylophone, etc.), Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass. Unless you play in a gamelan ensemble or you play some other obscure, non-western, musical instruments, if your instrument is not on this list, you should have no trouble following the instructions for another instrument.
Composing music is a creative form of self expression that is fun and rewarding. Composers take ownership of their own musical creativity. Suddenly, music has a whole new component, one in which they are the creators.
Composing music helps with ear training (being able to play what one hears).
An understanding of the composition process helps students understand the works of other composers.
When students compose, they make decisions about their musical preferences.
Why should students write music on a page?
The process of writing music on a page is an excellent way to deepen a students understanding of music notation. Putting pencil to paper creates a connection to the details of music notation and their function. It gives real world experience with elements of music that are often only conceptualized or worse, overlooked.
Ages 6 and up
The Dragon Quest is designed to be an easy introduction to writing music. Students don't need a lot of experience with music notation but it is recommended that they have had a preliminary introduction to music notation. This can be given by a general music educator at school, a private lessons teacher or even a parent who has some basic knowledge of music notation.
Be on the look out for Book 2 - The Fear Worms, available soon!