Johan Halmén's Blog (2)

* My Musical Advent Calendar

I'm working on a musical Advent Calendar with my wife. Each day there will be a new song, a link to a Youtube video, until December 24th. You don't need a Facebook account to view it. The following link should work:


All songs are in Finnish. I might later upload the Finnish lyrics for everyone to translate (Google does a pretty good job on that). The first song was published last…


Added by Johan Halmén on December 4, 2014 at 2:30am — 29 Comments

* Let students compose poems with MuseScore (or Sibelius or Finale...)

About melody

I usually teach my students that music contains the following elements:

  • melody
  • harmony
  • rhythm
  • timbre
  • dynamics
  • structure

Sure this list can be discussed, but I've found it working. My simple definition of melody is "a bunch of single tones in a meaningful order". Again, "meaningful order" is a subject of debate, but I usually give my students the following "rules" for the "meaningful order",…


Added by Johan Halmén on December 26, 2013 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

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