Composition, Music Camps

2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 4/4

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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.

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Students took turns using the piano and keyboard to practice their compositions, so that they could perform them for the group.

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A group selfie taken during our snack break.

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Then, it was time to share our compositions.

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It was fun to hear each student’s piece.

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There were a number of other games and activities we used throughout the week, but I mostly wanted to highlight the process of guiding all ten of my students to complete a composition by the end of the week. It wasn’t easy!

What helped was to create daily goals and clearly communicate those goals along the way. I was proud of how the students rose to meet the challenge.

Here are a few of the resulting compositions.

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I used guiding questions to help the students figure out how to dictate the rhythm and properly notate their compositions.

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I made very little critique of the student compositions. The goal for this four-day camp was to experience the process of expressing something through the piano and writing it down. Honing of their compositional skills can occur during later opportunities! I have no doubt that this group of students will be composing more pieces down the road, sooner rather than later, at which time we can spend more time on refinement during their private lessons.

All in all, I couldn’t be happier with how the week went and with the resulting compositions!

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6 thoughts on “2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 4/4”

  1. Thank you so much for putting up your process and photos. It is super helpful – I am planning to do something like this next summer! 🙂

  2. What program or app do you use to enter their music and get professional looking sheet music?

    BTW: I adore your website. I originally stumbled on looking for a payment tracker. Now, I am gearing up to do two of your summer camps, and maybe a third on composition if I can figure out the answer to my question above 🙂

    1. Hi Julia!

      I use Finale for engraving my students’ compositions. is another option you might want to check out, too!

      Thanks so much for the compliment! I’m so happy you found my blog! 🙂 I hope all goes well with your camps this summer!!

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