A “How To” workbook for the aspiring composer. by Charles W. Lauterbach/Cathy Blair. Many young musicians often think about writing music, but have no idea how to get started. This book, written for students Grades 5-6, provides an easy-to-understand approach to composing simple melodies, from learning how to draw music symbols to the concept of “shaping” phrases. The teacher’s manual includes tips on how to use the student workbook to meet the National Standard for Composition.