An essay on a piece of music: an example of a finished essay and tips for students

Most modern parents whose children are in school ask the question: why write compositions in a music lesson? Even if it is an essay based on a piece of music! Absolutely fair doubt! After all, 10-15 years ago, a music lesson involved not only singing, notation, but also listening to music (if the teacher had the technical capabilities for this).

A modern music lesson is needed not only to teach a child to sing correctly and know notes, but also to feel, understand, and analyze what he hears. In order to correctly describe music, several important points need to be addressed. But more on that later, but first, an example of an essay based on a piece of music.

Essay by a 4th grade student

Of all the musical works, W.A. Mozart’s play “Rondo in Turkish Style” left the greatest impression on my soul.

The piece begins immediately at a fast tempo, the sound of violins can be heard. I imagine two puppies running from different directions towards the same tasty bone.

In the second part of Rondo, the music becomes more solemn, loud percussion instruments are heard. Some points are repeated. It looks like puppies, having grabbed a bone with their teeth, begin to pull it, each for themselves.

The final part of the piece is very melodic and lyrical. You can hear the piano keys moving. And my imaginary puppies stopped quarreling and calmly lay down on the grass, bellies up.

I really liked this work because it is like a small story – interesting and unusual.

How to write an essay on a piece of music?

Preparing to write an essay

  1. Listening to music. You cannot write an essay on a piece of music if you do not listen to it at least 2-3 times.
  2. Thinking about what you heard. After the last sounds have died down, you need to sit in silence for a while, recording in your memory all the stages of the work, putting everything “on the shelves.”
  3. It is imperative to determine the general character of the musical work.
  4. Planning. An essay must have an introduction, a main part and a conclusion. In the introduction, you can write about what work was listened to, a few words about the composer.
  5. The main part of the essay on a piece of music will be based entirely on the piece itself.
  6. When drawing up a plan, it is very important to make notes for yourself about how the music begins, what instruments are heard, whether the sound is quiet or loud, what is heard in the middle, what is the ending.
  7. In the last paragraph, it is very important to convey your feelings and emotions about what you listened to.

Writing an essay on a piece of music – how many words should there be?

In both first and second grade, children talk about music orally. From the third grade you can already start putting your thoughts on paper. In grades 3-4, the essay should be from 40 to 60 words. Students in grades 5-6 have a larger vocabulary and can write about 90 words. And the extensive experience of seventh and eighth graders will allow them to describe the play in 100-120 words.

An essay on a piece of music should be divided into several paragraphs according to its meaning. It is advisable not to build too large sentences so as not to get confused with punctuation marks.

What words to use when writing?

The composition should be as beautiful as the music. Therefore, you should use beautiful words and figures of speech, such as: “magical sound”, “fading melody”, “solemn, sleepy, joyful, smooth music”. Some words can be seen in the music character tables.

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