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Grade 9-12

Basic Composition: Writing Melody & Harmony

by Brooke T. | Music

5 Lessons 10:04
  1. 1. Writing A Melody 1:15
  2. 2. Common Chord Progressions 2:13
  3. 3. Adding Harmony to Melody/Melody to Harmony 1:40
  4. 4. Emotional Interpretation 2:59
  5. 5. Writing with Lyrics 1:57

Grade 9-12


NGSS Standards

About the course

"Begin writing your own song using the fundamentals of songwriting. Write a melody and harmony that work together, think about the emotions behind the music, and incorporate original lyrics.

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


Write a Song!

Course overview


Writing A Melody

Students will learn how to write a melody by looking at the different ways you can approach writing a melody.


Common Chord Progressions

Students will learn about common chord progressions by learning the chord progressions chart, and how to navigate it.


Adding Harmony to Melody/Melody to Harmony

Students will learn about combining melody and harmony by thinking about the notes in their harmony and where that crosses over in their


Emotional Interpretation

Students will learn about how music can be felt by trying different things in their harmony, and noting how it makes the song feel.


Writing with Lyrics

Students will learn about writing music with lyrics by discussing scansion, and how we set words to music.

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  • composition
  • how to write a song
  • lyric writing
  • music
  • Songwriting

Recommended Materials

Pencil, blank paper, staff paper.


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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