MUSIC & CREATIVITY
COMPOSING WITH CHILDREN
Student composition is one of the most abused arts education standards in our country – everyone demands it, but very few in the classroom actually do it. In this workshop you’ll discover simple techniques that will help your students discover the fun of composing while gaining insights into how music works. Whether you are working with simple and homemade instruments, recorders, voice or band/orchestral instruments, and regardless of the level of music-reading ability, you’ll help your students to create fun and interesting compositions that will enable them to develop their own creative musical voice.
Available in 3 and 6 hour versions.
This workshop explores the concept of inspiration and the creative process through the art - and music - of Bauhaus artist Paul Klee. A talented violinist himself, Klee’s paintings are filled with allusions to dreams, poetry and music. We’ll discover the musical elements in Klee’s work, and then play around with some ways to transform visual elements into sound. Extending our sonic possibilities by building simple instruments from simple materials, we’ll then compose, notate and perform simple musical pieces based on Klee’s paintings – literally composing with images!
Available in 3 and 6 hour versions; add a second facilitator for dance+music connections
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INVENTED AND GRAPHIC NOTATION
Traditional music notation is a two-edged sword – it is a complex language that can be tedious to learn and hard to master - but you need it in order to get to the creative heart of music. Invented and graphic notation can help music educators shortcut to the fun while laying a foundation that works with the conventions of traditional music notation. Graphic notation of selected classical, jazz or other works can increase listening attention span as well as help students discover the underlying structures of music; while invented notation can be used to help students discover the challenges – and fun – of composing music.
A 3 hour workshop