Sonatina Project


The senior students in the studio spent their 2009/2010 group classes studying Sonatinas and Sonata-Allegro Form.  They then embarked on a composition project that would provide them with the opportunity to further explore and consolidate their understanding of the important concepts learned.  As a group, they composed a ‘Collaborative Sonatina’ (First Movement).  The process went as follows: (Scroll to bottom of page to hear the final product!)

Stage 1:

  1.   Students studied the first movements of a number of different Sonatinas by Classical


  1.   They analyzed their form, themes, characters, thematic development, key structures,

    and harmonic foundations.

Stage 2:

•Each student wrote their own theme 1 or theme 2. (These initial themes were right hand melody only).

Stage 3:

•Students explored various left hand accompaniment patterns in the Sonatinas they were studying.

•They analyzed the harmonic foundations that these LH accompaniment patterns provided.

Stage 4:

  1. Students worked in pairs, traded with one another the right hand themes they had

   composed, and wrote the left hand accompaniments for their partner’s thematic material.

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RH Austin

LH  Mark and Anna

RH Rebecca

LH Chris

RH Anna

LH Austin

RH Mark

LH Austin

RH Chris

LH Joyce

RH Rebecca

LH Chris

RH Joyce

LH Amelia

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RH Amelia

LH Rebecca

Collaborative Sonatina

Composed by the senior students of

‘Veronika Davy Piano Studio’


(Amelia, Anna, Austin, Chris, Joyce, Mark, Rebecca)

Stage 5:

  1. Students listened to all completed themes and voted on which two they wanted to use for

    their ‘Collaborative Sonatina’.

Stage 6: 

  1. Students who were studying transposition in their theory classes transposed the chosen theme

    into the tonic and dominant keys for the exposition.

Stage 7:

  1. Students studied various techniques for motivic development.

Stage 8:

  1. Each students wrote 4 different phrases in which they used the ‘motivic development techniques’

    studied in class to develop the material from the group’s exposition.

Stage 9:

  1. One student volunteered to work with the group’s development material to create a cohesive

    development section.

Stage 10:

  1. Students who were studying transposition in their theory classes transposed Theme 2

    from the exposition from the dominant key into the tonic key for the Recapitulation.

The following is the final product!

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The collaborative Sonatina was performed at the 2010 Spring Recital by Rebecca Lash.

RH Chris

LH Mark