ERIC Number: EJ705808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-1
Reference Count: N/A
Composers and Children: A Future Creative Force?
Music Educators Journal, v91 n1 p19 Sep 2004
In this article, a professional composer shares his experiences writing music for a middle school band. Michael Colgrass was commissioned, along with fourteen other composers, by the American Composers Forum BandQuest project to write a short piece for eighth-grade band. They were asked to pay a couple of visits to a nearby school to work with the children on the piece of music. When he had some early sketches for his piece, he visited his school, the Winona Drive Senior School in Toronto. This experience while embarrasing, was also enlightening, and gave him a new perspective on the relationship between the composer and the middle school music teacher. The knowledge he gained about how children approach playing instruments made it possible for him to write a piece that met both his standards as a professional and eighth graders as beginning musicians. The aim of projects like BandQuest or the Longmeadow one is to heighten children's experiences with music by creating first-rate music for young students and thereby adding a new dimension to their education. Most children will not become professional musicians, but as music lovers and taxpayers, they will one day be asked whether the arts are worth paying for. Their taste for music could well be swayed by positive early personal experiences with a composer or composition student
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 8, Secondary School Teachers, Musicians, Singing, Music, Music Teachers, Music Education, Musical Composition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)