The Young Composers is a creative project that I have included in my studio curriculum since 1994. Each year we pick a theme and set aside several weeks for students to enjoy the opportunity to create their own music.
Our theme for 2018 was called At the Beach.
Students brought in their musical ideas, poems and titles and together we created, notated and videotaped over twenty original solos.
The student compositions are published in a beautiful coil bound book for students to have and enjoy for years to come.
Thank-you Ella, for doing a beautiful job with artwork for our cover! You'll find more student artwork in the Virtual Piano Recital video below.
Once the hand written sketch of the music had been worked out, the students learned to use Finale PrintMusic to turn their handwritten notes into beautifully typeset notation.
During the last weeks of lessons we completed the final details on the scores, got composer photos and wrote autobiographies. The Young Composers Collection was ready for students to take home at the last lesson of the year. What a great accomplishment!
As a special bonus activity, we made a Virtual Piano Recital. Please enjoy watching and listening to the talented Young Composers.