Here’s a splendid variation on the “Bach Motif” you or your students can use as a composing prompt.
1. Encrypt someone’s name into musical pitches using alphabetical equivalents. For example, the musical equivalent of the name “Jack” would be C, A, C, D.
a = A
b = B
c = C
d = D
e = E
f = F
g = G
h = A
i = B
j = C
k = D
2. Play the letters you encrypted on the keyboard with your right hand.
3. Find chords to fit the melody. Alternatively, the pitches can be interpreted as the roots of chords. So “Jack” could also be thought of as the chord progression: C, Amin, C, Dmin.
4. Add a left hand accompaniment style.
Confused? Here’s my student, Julian, to explain and demonstrate.
Until next time, enjoy your creative musical journey!
Bach motif in Wikipedia