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Composition assignments

There are various kinds of activities and assignments you can create in Flat for Education. To create your first one, make sure that you’ve already created your first class.

Creating a composition assignment

First, you will need to click on the “+ Create” button in the Assignments tab of your class, and then pick “Composition”.

New assignment

1. Name your assignment

Start by naming your assignment. This assignment name will be displayed each time Flat for Education refers to this assignment.

Choose an assignment name

2. For composition assignments: Pick your assignment type

There are 3 kinds of assignments and activities that you can create using our music notation editor.

Composition assignment types

New score

Your students will have to create a new score, work on it according to your instructions, and send it back to you.

Template

Each of your students will get a copy of one of your scores to start from. You can imagine many different activities from there:

  • Find the mistakes
  • Complete the intervals/chords
  • Write a missing part
  • Finish the composition
  • Melodic and Rhythmic dictation
  • … The possibilities are endless.

Once your students are done, they can send their work for evaluation with just one click.

You can get more information regarding template assignments on this page.

Shared writing

This is for creating a group activity with all the students working on the same piece in real-time.

While we don’t have a limit on the number of participants, we recommend keeping the number of students on the same group activity below 15.

Choose the score(s)

If you choose “Template” or “Shared writing”, you will need to select one or multiple scores that will be used for your assignment.

Click on “Select score” and choose a score from your Flat for Education account, either created using our editor or imported to your account.

Once a score is chosen, it will be displayed as such:

Selected score for an assignment

3. Add instructions

You can then add instructions to your new assignment. These can either be a bit of text you write directly into your assignment, or an attached file or link. You can attach all the resources you need: documents, presentations, videos, audio files, read-only scores, etc.

Add instructions

4. Extra options

Finally, you can add some extra options to your assignment:

  • Due Date: You can choose when your students need to submit their work. (Note: Students will still be able to send their work after the due date, but they will be marked as having turned it in late.)
  • Publication Date: You can create your assignment in advance and set a publication date when the assignment will become available to the classroom.
  • Grading: You can set the maximum number of points for the assignment. If you’ve connected Google Classroom or an LMS, the grades added to Flat for Education will automatically be added to your LMS gradebook.
  • Assigned students: By default, the assignment is assigned to all students in your class; you can also choose here to only assign it to individual students. Learn more.
  • Toolset: You can limit the tools available to your students when working on the assignment. Learn more.
  • Lock Template: If you are using a score as a template in your assignment, you can prevent your students from changing the original notes. Learn more.
  • Playback limit: This lets you limit the number of times your students will play the score. You can use this option for your dictation and ear training activities.
  • Google Classroom Topic: If you are using Google Classroom, you can choose in which topic your assignment will be created.

Assignment extra options

5. Post your assignment

Now that your assignment is ready you can post it. If you want to see how your students will experience Flat for Education, check out our dedicated article.

Reviews and follow up

Now that your assignment is available to your students you can follow their progress. Check out our dedicated article to learn more about how to review and give feedback to your students.

Video tutorials

For more information on how to use the composition assignments, watch this video tutorial!

Flat for Education’s music editor enables you to compose online, opening the door to collaboration with other students and teachers. Featuring real-time collaboration, edit history, colored notes, and high-quality instruments, the editor is a powerful tool that brings today’s technology into the service of music learning. Below are some video tutorials to help you navigate the editor and understand how you can use it to create engaging composition assignments for your students, as well as how your students can benefit from using it on their own!

Editor basics - Video tutorial

Notation tools 1 - Video tutorial

Notation tools 2 - Video tutorial

Notation tools 3 - Video tutorial

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