by Tamsyn

May 9, 2011

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
New skills for this assignment include:
Copying and pasting, moving text down or up an octave, and hiding empty staves.

Tip:  While copying and pasting measures, it may be helpful to zoom out by selecting 75% or 50% next to the magnifying glass.
Step 1.  Create a new file from scratch.  The title is “Row, Row, Row your Boat.”  Enter “Traditional American Folk Song” in the composer line.  Under vocals, select Soprano, Alto, and Bass.  Keep the default key signature (C).  Change the time signature to 6/8, and choose 16 measures.
Step 2.  Enter in the first eight measures on the soprano line.  Exit note entry mode, click on the first note, and type “ctrl+L” to enter in the lyrics for those eight measures.  Select the first eight measures.  (Do this by double clicking on the first measure until it is surrounded by a blue box.  Hold “shift” down and click on measure eight.)  Now copy the measure by typing “ctrl+C” or with the mouse by clicking on “Edit” in the file menu and then selecting “copy”.
Step 3.  Now select measure three in the alto line.
Paste by either typing “ctrl+V” or go to the file menu paste from the edit menu.  Select measure 9 in the soprano staff and paste again.
Step 4.  Select measure 7 in the bass line and paste.  Note that it enters the notes in the same register as the women’s part.
While the measures are still selected, type “ctrl+down”.  It will make the whole selection drop an octave.
Step 5.  Finishing the alto and bass lines.  You can copy the first four measures and paste it into measures 11-14.  If you don’t copy the measures isolated, it will paste the whole eight measures in, and add measures into your score.  After you have pasted in measures 11-14 in the alto line, manually add the last two measures in the alto and bass lines and add text as shown in the assignment.
Step 6.  Hiding Staves.
In the file menu, Click on “edit general style” under “Style” .  Click on the “Hide Empty Staves” box and click “OK”
You’re done!  Remember that you can change the page settings under “Layout” to be letter size instead of A4.  I always do this because I live in the States, and we print on letter sized paper.
This is a fun one to listen to.   I haven’t formally told you how to do this.  The playback buttons are located under “Help” in the file menu.

The first two buttons are for midi input if you have a keyboard connected to your computer.  This is an awesome feature you can use in Musescore to enter notes into the score by playing them on the keyboard.  The advantages to this are that it will automatically be in the octave that you want it to be in, and it makes it easier to input chords.  I loved this feature when I was at the University and they had the keyboards set up all the time for us, but for home use, I do not use it even though we have all of the hardware to set it up to our clavinova.  If I composed more often, I would, but the note-entry method that I share in this e-course is fast enough for me.  But I digress…
The third button will make you playback from the beginning of the piece.  The fourth button is the play button, and it will play from where you are working, or from the beginning as applicable.  The fifth button will turn on and off any repeats (and similar symbols like codas, etc) that you have entered into the score.

About the author 


My name is Tamsyn and I love music. I got my bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from USU. I spent many years teaching private piano lessons until I had children of my own. I have attended several children workshops on how to teach children music. I really like the Kodaly method, but have adapted a lot of different techniques for my own children.

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  1. Just want to leave a note to this section for copying and pasting. <br /><br />Please note: if you copy and paste a section that includes a whole measure of rest, be aware that the end result will cause the whole measure rest to have an off-centered whole rest, or for cases in 6/8 it will turn into a dotted half rest. <br /><br />Generally, any measure that is devoid of notes should contain just

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