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Grade 9-12

Basic Composition: Rewriting & Critique

by Brooke T. | Music

5 Lessons 5:02
  1. 1. Editing Your Melody 0:59
  2. 2. Editing Your Harmony 1:28
  3. 3. “Edit to an A” 0:56
  4. 4. How to Give/ Receive Critique 0:55
  5. 5. Presenting Songs 0:44

Grade 9-12


NGSS Standards

About the course

"Learn the art of editing and re-write portions of your original song. Examine your writing with a critical eye, build a healthy mindset around creating, and receive critique with acceptance and understanding.

Learn how to write a song by developing the melody and lyrics, expanding the harmony, and rewriting content along the way."


Edit Your Song

Course overview


Editing Your Melody

Students will learn how to edit their melody by going through what they have written and muse ways to improve upon it.


Editing Your Harmony

Students will learn how to edit their harmony by going through what they have written and muse ways to improve upon it.


“Edit to an A”

Students will learn about rewriting music by learning that everything is an editing process. Nothing is set in stone unless they want it to be


How to Give/ Receive Critique

Students will learn how to give and receive critique by going through good and bad examples of feedback, and how to recognize what actuall


Presenting Songs

Students will learn how to present their music by discussing performance and reception.

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  • critique
  • Editing
  • How to Write A Song
  • Music
  • Rewriting

Recommended Materials

Pencil, paper, staff paper, an instrument, a friend.


Brooke Trumm is a composer, percussionist, and teaching artist in New York, NY. She has her Bachelor’s in Music Composition from the University of Idaho, and her Master's in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. Recently, she wrote songs for Rattlestick Playwright Theatre's "Village Song," and Lincoln Center's "Broadway's Future Songbook" series. Brooke has been an active percussionist for 16 years, recently performing at Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, and Feinstein’s/54 Below. Brooke has a fondness for teaching music theory, she has taught at The School for Strings in Manhattan for the last year and a half, and many years prior in Oregon and Idaho. She is excited to bring that passion for music theory and general music to learners through the Music Club.

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