Grading 1st species counterpoint

October 22, 2008

I’m back into super teacher mode: correcting 70 assignments every week, a job I will eventually have the TAs help with, but for now, I want to get to know each student’s work habits and musical abilities. Tonight I have 200 more 1st species counterpoint exercises to look at. (1st species just means note against note. You and I sing together on different notes but with the same rhythm, and in this case, all the beats are the same: 1 1 1 1 .) It’s whole note against whole note. Good basis of counterpoint and harmony.

It’s been a while since I’ve graded counterpoint assignments, but my mind grabs onto the task, and it goes very quickly.

The students will all have to do 3rd species counterpoint exercises in their desks for their midterm exams. It seems like a magical ability — writing down music by thinking about it, rather that accessing a musical instrument — but it is one that can be learned, and teaching that ability to students is satisfying.

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