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AQA GCSE MUSIC COMPOSITIONS HELP!!!!! ADVICE GREATLY NEEDED!!

Discussion in 'Music' started by ClaireMusic, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. ClaireMusic

    ClaireMusic New commenter

    Hi All. I have inherited a year 11 GCSE music group in my new school. I haven't taught AQA for some years as my preferred board is EDEXCEL. These students have written very complicated compositions started with their previous music teacher. They have composed them using a sequencing software called Reason. I'm sorry to say that I have never heard of it before as I am a traditional Sibelius girl! ;)
    This software has no option to score the work and these compositions are so intricate that even I am having difficulty scoring them! They have been recorded straight into the computer and then edited. So I am at a loss. I don't know how we are going to get these compositions scored in time as obviously I cannot do it for them and I am completely unwilling to.
    I tried the transcribing add on in Sibelius but it didn't work.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated as we are slowly running out of time and I am new to this school and cannot screw this up. I HAVE INHERITED A HUGE MESS!!
    HEEEEELLLLLLPPPPP!
     
  2. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter

    I did post a reply in the Secondary forum (unless of course our posts have crossed)
     
  3. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    Are their 'intricate' compositions actually any good? Might it be better to bite the bullet and start again, doing something simpler but fulfilling the criteria for the exam?
     
  4. who_am_I

    who_am_I New commenter

    You do not have to submit a notation score - there are other ways you can 'score' it:
    - Lead sheet
    - Commentary
    etc....
     
  5. ClaireMusic

    ClaireMusic New commenter

    Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I've never done anything but a notated score. I'm a classically trained musician and the teacher I have taken over from was a modern music tech specialist.
     
  6. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter

    I did post this on Tuesday, on the Secondary forum.


    Personally, I've used it once. I don't know how much help I'm going to be.

    I've found this link

    http://www.reason101.net/general-soundboard/top-10-reason-pitfalls/.

    My understanding (reading point 1) is that you should be able to 'export ' a MIDI file and then import into Sibelius (or any other notation software)
    Look for 'Export' or 'Save as' .

    A lot will depend on your version, and of course if "audio' files have been used - audio can not easily be converted to MIDI (and then imported into a notation program). Also,is Reason used as a standalone package, or as part of another sequencer eg. Cubase?

    http://forum.notionmusic.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6191
    Again, this poster needs to do the same as you, albeit with Notion software.

    If Reason has been used with another sequencer (eg Cubase etc.) then export the 'MIDI' file from that sequencer.


    Reason does have a forum for help

    http://www.reasonforums.com/

    And also

    http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/ are also ok.

    However, when transferring MIDI data between sequencers, it can lead to all sorts of problems.

    When posting on the above forums, give as much detail as possible
    ie. which version of Reason you are using, any softsynths imported, whether it is used through another Sequencer - which one, version etc.

    The forums are used by a variety of people, Musicians, performers, and programmers - who have a good knowledge base of the software.

    Hope this helps!
     
  7. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    It does sound like you have a definite need for some training, and you need to raise this with your school. Where did your predecessor go? Might your school be able to pay them (or their school) for them to spend a day with you to teach you what you need to know (or at least enough to get you started)?
     
  8. ClaireMusic

    ClaireMusic New commenter

    Hi. He went to Thailand and from what I've discovered it seems that he scored the compositions for the girls. I think a commentary will be my best course of action here. Does anyone have a frame work for this?
     

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