Read on to find out more about our theme for January, when our next group lesson is, and some exciting competitions and festivals you can enter!
We would like to congratulate our students on their performances at our Christmas recitals. Whether it was their first or fiftieth performance, each student did a wonderful job. Well done!
Composition is a valuable skill to have in music, and is a mental muscle that we all should work to develop. According to this article by Stephen Hough, "...until the 2nd World War it was virtually unheard of for someone only to play the piano and not to write music as well. To arrive in a town to play only someone else’s compositions in the 19th century would have provoked a raised and not entirely approving eyebrow."
Are you wondering how to get started on your own composition? Here are some ideas:
- Inspire your imagination by reading a Dr. Seuss book
- Imitate sounds you hear (rain/thunder/sunshine/phone ringing/people cheering/etc.)
- Write a poem and then make up music to go with it - try using the C-Major Scale or the a-minor scale (depending on the sound you want) and create a melody with one note per syllable of your poem
- Pick a theme for your song (birthday/tea party/sports/nature/holiday/vacation/etc.), find a picture that represents your music, and sit down and make music to match your picture
- Write the rhythm for your song, then fill in the melody
- Use contrary motion - have one hand going down while the other hand goes up
- Sit at the piano, pick up your guitar, or just start singing, and play for fun - play a tune by ear or just start "fooling" around and discover what sounds good together!
For younger students, check out this link for a fun composing game.
Your teacher will have more ideas for you, so remember to show off what you have started working on and also pick their brain on what you can try next!
January 18th - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - the MUSiK SHOP
Still unsure about how composition works, or how to get started? Don't worry! There will be a group workshop on composition Saturday, January 18th. We will hold a class for our Beginner/Primary students at 1:00pm, and a class for our Intermediate/Advanced students at 2:00pm. Stay tuned for an email reminder, and please RSVP!
February 8th - 1:30pm - The Renaissance Retirement Residence
We would love to showcase some of your original compositions at our first community performance of 2014! On February 8, join us at the Renaissance Retirement Residence to show off your creativity and composing skills. If you don't have anything composed, you can play one of your current favourites instead.
Note that this performance can only accommodate 20 performers. Sign up in studio, by phone, or by sending us an email ASAP!
Are you interested in doing something else with your compositions? Why not enter them into a competition?
The BC Registered Music Teacher's Association's Student Composer Competition is a great way to get your music reviewed by a professional. Entrants must submit a copy of their composition to the association; they will then receive a written adjudication on each piece they enter. The winners of each division will be entered for FREE into the National Finals! First and Second place will also receive a monetary prize.
The entry deadline is April 1, 2014.
For more information, check out the entry form and regulations here.
Registration is now open for the 2014 BCCOM Music Festival!
Music festivals are a great way of getting tips and pointers before taking an exam, and also offer excellent performance opportunities. Talk to your teacher this week for more information about entering.
The registration deadline is March 8th. Click here to register online.
Another well recognized festival is the Kiwanis International Festival. This festival is held in Langley, has a wide variety of categories, and boasts over 6,600 participants and 10,000 visitors each year!
The registration deadline is February 7th, 2014.
For more info, click here.
- January 18 - Group Lesson (Composition)
- February 7 - Kiwanis Festival Entry Deadline
- February 8 - Community Performance
- February 17 - Family Day, No Lessons
- March 4 - RCM Exam Registration Deadline
- March 8 - Group Lesson
- March 8 - BCCOM Festival Entry Deadline
- March 13 - CC Exam Registration Deadline
- April 1 - Student Composer Entry Deadline