Making Motives with Triads

Keyboard” by oatsy40 is marked with CC BY 2.0.


Melody Terms and Definitions

In music, a triad is a set of three notes (or “pitch classes“) that can be stacked vertically in thirds.[1] The term “harmonic triad” was coined by Johannes Lippius in his Synopsis musicae novae (1612). Triads are the most common chords in Western music.

When stacked in thirds, notes produce triads. The triad’s members, from lowest-pitched tone to highest, are called:[1]

  • The root
  • The third
  • The fifth

– Triad definition from Wikipedia

  • Theme – a longer, more flowing melodic idea
  • Motive – a short, rhythmic idea
  • Period – 8 (ish/around 8) measures of music
  • Phrase – 4 (ish/around 4) measures of music
  • Antecedent (Question or First) Phrase – sets the music up and leads you to expect something
  • Consequent (Answer or Second) Phrase – releases the tension built up by the first phrase
  • Scale Degrees:
    • Tonic Scale Degree – the note that begins and ends the scale, the note that releases the tension, one scale degree that creates a feeling of stability and resolution.
    • Supertonic, Mediant, and Submediant Scale Degree – scale degrees with a moderate level of tension useful for transitioning and carrying on an idea
    • Dominant, Subdominant, and Leading Tone Scale Degree – the notes that build tension, several scale degrees that create a high level of tension/the need to resolve the tonic
  • Steps – any movement using half or whole steps
  • Leaps – any movement using intervals larger than a whole-step
  • Conjunct motion –  melody built primarily out of steps that move smoothly (example: moving in a scale)
  • Disjunct motion – melody built primarily using leaps
  • Repetition (the god particle of music) – use repeated material to create a link between the two phrases of a period
  • Contrast – write two phrases that contain contrast material to create tension and interest
  • Variation – halfway between repetition and contrast. The two phrases include some recognizable material and some varied material.

Composition term definitions from Dr. Henke’s video:  How to Write a Melody

My Motives


  • Write a few comments from other students or advisory members
  • Cite the person who shared the comment
  • Only use first names

What I Learned & Problems I Solved

I learned how to use online sequencer and I learned how to make simple motifs using this tutorial.

March-April 2022 SMART Goal Project

Aria Pro II Bass

Aria Pro II Bass” by the other Martin Taylor is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0.




Intention (SMART Goal)

By April 15th, on my own, I WILL learn the daycare theme from FNaF using a bass tab I copied down.


Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)

Bobbi Fabulous

Josh from BassBuzz

Training Source(s)

0:00 – Why You Need to Know the Fretboard
0:59 – Why The Money Notes?
1:32 – Step 1: Musical Alphabet
6:12 – Step 2: Open Strings
7:21 – Step 3: The Money Notes
13:36 – Step 4: Sharps n’ Flats
16:03 – Put It Together
17:58 – Playalong

SMART Goal Schedule

I will practice every night for as long as I can until the first of April


SMART Goal Starting Point Evidence


SMART Goal Ending Point Evidence


21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

I got angry; low and behold I finally did something.

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

worked poorly for about an hour before I got to a place I liked; still mad so hopefully I’ll be able to get better.

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

  • bass
  • patience
  • tab from TikTok

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

Need the motivation to do things whether they be good or bad.

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

It’s still pretty bad but it’s something

Grammar and Spelling



Microphone Auditions Project


Microphones” by Roadside Guitars is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0.


In this project I recorded my voice in front of several professional microphones, to see which one I liked best.

Microphone Audition Podcast

My Favorite Microphone

The AKG C1000S was my favorite microphone because you cant hear my lisp as much and it sounds very crisp.

AKG C1000S

Terms and Concepts

  •  Microphones
    • Dynamic – The sound waves themselves create the electrical signal by moving the membrane diaphragm of the microphone. Very popular and very well known. It is good for the low and middle range, NOT the high range.
    • Condenser – The membrane has an electrical current that waits for sound. When the sound waves hit it, it responds instantly. They are all over the place, but they need an electrical charge {amplifier} from something {battery}.
  • Polar Patterns
    • Omni – Picks sound up from all directions equally. This is used for interviews because it can pick up more than one person, without having to have two separate mics.
    • Cardioid – Picks up one half of the microphone, also known as a ‘directional mic’. Most sensitive in the front, about 180 degrees. Shaped like a heart.
    • Bi-directional – ‘Figure of 8’, picks the front and behind of the mic, but the 90-degree angle on both sides does not get picked up.
  • Transduction – Converts one form of energy to another.
  • Voltage – An electric force or a potential difference shown in volts.
  • Phantom Power – Activates the condenser in a microphone. DC powered mostly between 12 and 48 DC voltages.
  • Sensitivity – Voltage at its known sound level. Can be called by its voltage or decibels. A higher number means more sensitivity, everything is mostly in negatives. Sound pressure.
  • Frequency Response – The range of sound the microphone can produce and how sensitive it is within the range. You want it nice and flat.
  • Transient – A variation in current, voltage, or frequency.
  • Placement – Placement of the microphone is key, depending on the sounds you want, it can just be the distance from you or the instrument from the microphone. This part of the microphone can affect others emotionally in a way to connect with the audience.
  • Proximity Effect – Decreased sensitivity to low mics, which reduces background noise and vibration and counteracts when used very close to the source.
  • Output – A place where the sound leaves the system.
  • Characteristics – This is the Relative Response and Frequency measured in a Hertz graph to show how good or bad the microphone is. This can show the quality of the mic.
  • Noise Rating – The signal (sound source) to noise ratio measured in decibels (dB). Noise is any sound in the background you don’t want. Electricity vibrates at 60dB so you want the ratio of the signal and noise to be higher than that. Preferably 90dB or higher.
  • Hardware
    • Clips – A clip is something that you use to hold a microphone on something {for example – stand }, but, using the wrong kind of clips can affect the performance, make sure it is tight so it has the correct effect.
    • Stands – This ties in with a clip, this is what the clip will connect to. This keeps the microphone towards the object you want to hear without having to hold it or keep it still.
    • Windscreen – Something that covers and protects the microphone, mostly a foamy material.
    • Direct Box – A device used to connect an instrument directly into the audio mixer.

What I Learned and Problems I Solved

In this project I learned that different microphones do, in fact, have different effects on the voice. A problem I faced was that I hate my voice, and hearing it recorded so professionally made me feel sick, but I eventually got over it so it’s fine now.