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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 4/4

[Click to view Day 1, Day 2, or Day 3.] On our final day of camp, students reviewed the drafts of their composition that I had updated and printed from Finale the previous evening. We made small tweaks and reprinted as needed. Students took turns using the piano and keyboard to practice their compositions, so that they could perform them […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 3/4

[Click to view Day 1 or Day 2.] The goal for Day 3 was to have our compositions basically finished by the end of the day. With that in mind, we spent time discussing form (AB, ABA, through-composed, etc.) as well as various aspects of proper music notation. My cat, Coda, loves to help my students with […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 2/4

[Click here for Day 1.] On Day 2 of our composing camp, our goal was to get a good amount of our pieces composed and written down by the end of the day. We used the piano or keyboard to improvise until we found music we liked. Then, we started writing it down on staff […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 1/4

As mentioned previously, this week is the week: it’s composition camp for my students and me! So, You Want To Be A Composer? June 13-16, M-Th from 10am-noon Throughout this camp, students will experience the joy of creation while composing their own music: from the energy of the initial creative urge, following the path of […]

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Student Composition: “The Wind”

My blogging has been sporadic at best for the past few weeks — I apologize!  I have been spending every moment of my free time working on a project with a Christmas-related deadline.  :)  I will be sharing more details about it later this month. In the meantime, enjoy this video of my student playing […]

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Now Available: Composition & Improvisation Prompts for Piano eBook

Last week, I wrote a blog post here describing how I help my students compose their own pieces.  Today, I am officially announcing the release of a new e-book resource called: Composition & Improvisation Prompts for Piano!

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Composing in the Piano Lesson with Beginner & Elementary Students

For the past six months, I have been working on a new resource to help piano teachers compose and improvise with their students.  I am going to give you the full scoop on the new resource soon, but I wanted to introduce the resource with this article discussing how composition can be used in the […]

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“So, You Want To Be A Composer?” Camp – Now Available!

Hooray, the “So, You Want To Be A Composer?” camp has just been added to the Color In My Piano Shop! You’ve already seen the photos from our composition camp that was held a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday, I posted a sample student composition and a freebie from the lesson plans. Now, you can read […]

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Music Camp Freebie from “So, You Want To Be A Composer?”

Good morning!  The “So, You Want To Be A Composer?” camp is ready to be listed in the Color In My Piano shop……but I’m just waiting to hear back from one more student to get permission to share their composition in the lesson plan as an example.  I will post it as soon as I […]

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So, You Want To Be A Composer? – 2012 Summer Camp Details

Last week, I held my second summer music camp for my piano students!  It was called, “So, You Want To Be A Composer?”  I am so excited to share with you some details about our camp.  We had a really great week! Here’s where all the magic happened:

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MTNA 2012 Conference | Session on Composition Camps

The last session of the conference I attended was a wonderful one!  It was called: Get Out of That Musical Box: Teach Students How To Compose! Dianne Higgins gave a delightful presentation about the summer composition camps she holds each year.  It has been a great success even since the first year she tried it! […]

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MTNA 2012 Conference | WSU’s Adopt-A-Composer Program

On Sunday morning of the conference, I attended the Alfred Exhibitor Showcase and the Keynote Presentation given by Norman Horowitz and Melvin Stecher.  My notes are very similar to Natalie’s from Music Matters Blog, so I will let you read her summaries here and here!  (We somehow attended a lot of the same sessions…great minds […]

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