How To Name A Music Composition

Charlie K    |

Names for music compositions are not straightforward! There are many ways to name a piece of music, and no one definitive way that everyone agrees on. What is the most common naming scheme? Why do some composers use different names for the same pieces? And what should you be using when your friend or colleague asks you to rename a song for them?

Naming songs can easily become confusing, so it’s best to learn how to name a music composition correctly the first time. This article will go into great detail about the different types of music nomenclature and why they exist. You will also find several easy tips and tricks to properly name a music composition.

Pay attention to the language you hear in songs

how to name a music composition

There are many ways to name a music composition. The most important thing about naming a song is making sure it is clear!

Names such as “Something About Your Love” or “I Like You” could be confusing because of the word placement. A common way to name a song is by using the main hook or theme of the song and then adding onto that. For example, if your song was about how someone is always watching you, then you would say something like, “They Are Never Alone With Me Because I Make Sure They Are Not.”

You can also use the second part of the lyrics as a basis for your new song. For instance, let’s say your current favorite song has a catchy chorus of "Hey!" Then your next song should be about something related to "hey." (like saying "good morning" or "happy anniversary.")

Alternatively, you can choose to add onto what the already established song is called. For instance, if your current favorite song is titled "Baby," then your new song could be about something with the same number suffix ("baby things"). Or if your current favorite song is "Dreamer", then your new song could be about something with the prefix "dream-" (like "dreamy" or "dreaming".

Make a list of words that describe your taste in music

how to name a music composition

The first step in naming a musical composition is deciding what genre of music you like and what qualities make an album, song or piece within that genre special or unique.

You do not have to be professional about it, but taking some time to recognize and acknowledge your favorite songs, artists and genres can help streamline the process of composing your own pieces.

Look up the meanings of the words you chose

how to name a music composition

When naming a music composition, there are two main parts to consider. The first is choosing your genre or style. This can be tricky as some may have it confused with creating an album or song-list!

The second part is figuring out what terms mean in relation to your piece. For example, if your song is titled “My Favorite Song,” then using that word as a lyrics would not make much sense.

Instead, use the term as a musical phrase such as a prelude or introduction, which are typically shorter than a full length song. Or use it for emphasis by repeating it either vocally or instrumentally.

Combine words that mean the same thing into one theme

The first step in naming a music composition is deciding how to name your theme or main topic. This can be tricky, because there are so many ways to name a theme!

Most musicians learn basic song writing skills which include introducing a melody, setting the lyrics to the melody, adding chords and notes to the melody, and then developing the chord structure around the melody.

But what about the rest of the music? What do we call the parts of the songs that go beyond just having a melody and an accompaniment? These other sections of a song like introductions, resolutions, crescendos, decresedes, refrains, and conclusions all contribute to defining the theme of the song.

It is important to not make the audience have to work too hard to determine the theme of the song. If you use very general terms such as “love” or “happiness,” it may leave them thinking “well, yeah, it was sort of close but I think they wanted something more specific.”

Try using more descriptive terms instead. For example, if the song is about love, try using words like “couple” or “romance.” Or if it is about happiness, use terms like “happy” or “smile.

Come up with a unique theme

how to name a music composition

As mentioned before, your music composition name is not important until you have written an intro and a conclusion. Until then, it’s just a piece of writing!

The reason that is significant is because both those parts are used to describe what your song is about. Your introduction sets the stage for the rest of the song, so choosing your music composition name carefully will help tell your audience something about the song.

Your music composition name can be fun or clever, but it should also make sense as a conversation. For example, if your music composition name was “My Perfect Day,” it would sound very cliché. If “What A Wonderful World” had been chosen instead, it wouldn’t quite fit properly.

If your music composition name sounds like a movie or book title, great! But make sure there aren’t already any songs with that exact same name (or maybe even similar lyrics).

Use the elements of music

how to name a music composition

The element of music that helps in naming a new song is its name. Your song should have an interesting, descriptive name!

A good song title uses either or both of two styles – perfect titles use full sentences, and contain adjectives or adverbs (making it easy to match the lyrics with the song).

Alternatively, short, catchy phrases are great for songs that can’t necessarily hold up under close analysis. “Baby I Won’t Let You Down” and “I Will Never Leave You Alone (No Way)” are excellent examples of this!

You don’t need to go too poetic with your song names, but do make them sound nice! “Bad Day” is much better than just ‘Song With No Good Lyrics”.

Use the alphabet

how to name a music composition

Names of music compositions are not easy to come by, but they do exist! The most common way is to use the letter of the song as your name base and then add some additional features or decorations. For example, if the song starts with the letter “B”, you could make your composition Blythe Bells or Beethoven Symphony No. 5.

This method can be tricky though because there isn’t one hard and fast rule for how many letters in the song should become your main component. Some songs have very short introductions that don’t count as part of the composition, while others go on for several minutes before being officially recognized. This means that sometimes people get away without having their own song!

Another option would be using the first syllable of the song as your basis, like Beatboxed Symphony or My Favorite Song - both sound good to say out loud! (Bonus points if you learn how to beatbox!)

We will going over some basic rules about naming musical pieces and what numbers mean, so take some time to look those up before creating yours.

Use rhyme or alliteration

how to name a music composition

The term composition does not include instrumental pieces, nor do it require vocals. Therefore, what are some ways to name a music piece?

One way is to use rhymes or lyrics that make sense to your song. For example, if your song sounds like it could be set during the 1920s, then using an analog phone number as a lyric would fit!

You can also try writing short slogans or statements for your songs. For instance, your song could be about how you will always have someone to watch TV with because of Netflix. So instead of saying “And I love streaming movies via Netflix”, you could say something like “Binge-worthy movies at home” or even just “Movies at home”.

Another option is to add additional notes into the song that relate to the main theme. These tangential notes can describe anything from settings to emotions related to the main topic.

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