In-Depth Project: Songwriting
My chosen skill:
This year, the skill I have chosen for the in-depth project is songwriting/composing. Songwriting is a very advanced form of art where one must write sheet music for different instruments who will coordinate and play their instruments together to create music. Music is a very powerful form of art that can express the raw emotions of the creator through sound, and can be paired with poetry in the form of lyrics.
Why I have chosen this skill:
The reason I chose this skill is because I have always had a love for music, and I already know two instruments and would like to use them to gain a more advanced skill. The instruments I know how to play are the violin and drums, which means I have a percussion instrument, a significant part of any piece of music; and a musical instrument that can play a melody; another important type of instrument in a piece of music. I also have a very strong love for music, and listen to music very often – such as during car rides and while reading. Because of this, I believe my existing knowledge can blossom into a new skill that will allow my creativity to flourish.
What I will learn:
Specifically, I will learn how to use software that can write, edit, record, and compile sounds to create music. I will also learn the parts of a song, such as the chorus, verses, and pre-chorus; their purposes, their significance, how to recognize them, and how to create them effectively. Also, I will learn about the different aspects of a piece of music, such as time signature, key, and tempo, and how they will change the overall personality of a piece of music. Additionally, I will learn how to add emotion to the song. After I learn all this, I will compose my own song implementing at least two different instruments into the song, and using the knowledge I will gain from the previous months of the project.
|Learn how to use different programs to write, record, and edit music.||The first week of meeting my mentor.|
|Learn the basic aspects of music composition and their purposes and begin practicing how to recognize them while listening to different pieces of music.||Second week and the third week.|
|Learn the more intricate aspects of music composition and their purposes and begin learning how to create them in my own music.||Fourth week and the fifth week.|
|Begin experimenting with different melodies using the programs I have learned to further familiarize myself with the programs and practice using the information I have learned.||Sixth week.|
|Compose the chorus for the violin.||Seventh and eighth week|
|Compose the different verses for the violin.||Ninth and tenth week|
|Compose the drum chorus to accompany the violin.||Eleventh and twelfth week|
|Compose the drum verses.||Thirteenth and fourteenth week|
|Practice playing the violin part.||Fifteenth week|
|Practice playing the drum part.||Sixteenth week|
|Record the violin part.||Seventeenth week|
|Record the drum part.||Eighteenth week|
|Edit and compile the recordings.||Nineteenth week|
|Refine the recordings and add final touches.||Twentieth week.|
My mentor is Jennifer Layne, a local musician and songwriter who offers music lessons for voice on the side. I first knew about her because my little brother has received voice lessons from her, and I thought that she would be able to effectively share her knowledge of music creation. I have not met her yet, but have done a bit of online research on the parts of songs to prepare for our first meet-up.