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ERIC Number: EJ1091886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Music Composition
Helfer, Jason A.
Parenting for High Potential, v4 n5 p18-19 Mar-Apr 2015
Historically, music programs in K-12 schools have emphasized performance opportunities for children and young people. Until the release of the 1994 National Standards in Music, targeted instruction in composition was frequently overlooked due to the emphasis on performance as well as the expectations of what a school music program ought to produce for a school. Even with composition--and improvisation--identified as important parts of every child's musical education, as well as the variety of computer programs that support children in this work, many children lack opportunities to more fully pursue and share their work. Students in 2nd through 12th grades interested in composition have limited opportunities to receive recognition for their work. The Musical Composition Award category provides a venue for children and young people to share their creative work. This article discusses how the Torrance Music Competition Award provides an opportunity for children and young people to share their musical ideas, using current technology to ensure that they develop the skills of a professional composer as well as support those who wish to pursue their interest in musical composition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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