Let's Get Started!
Welcome to YCIW's Music Composition as Experience. In this first collection we'll introduce MCE and provide an overview of how the community functions. Below you'll find:
- Tips to get started with MCE
- Some introduction Videos/Overview of YCIW
- First Activity -thoughts on progressive music making
Read through each item and then continue by clicking the link at the bottom of this post called:
1. Tips to get started with MCE
Navigating MCE- You are reading this on YCIW's community forum (powered by an open source tool called Discourse). If this is your first time here you'll need to create an account to post, but it's easy and super fast (look to the top right of this page to login). To create an account you'll be taken to the YCIW registration page. It is free! You can access each of the six learning collections from the YCIW Music Composition as Experience page.
Discourse is comprised of categories, topics and posts. From the community homepage, you can see each of the categories, which include the six learning collections as well as others such as Music Works 1. By clicking on a category, you then see each of the topics within that category. Right now, you are looking at the first post in the Getting Started topic within the Introduction category. Sound good?
Where in the world area you? - Add your pin to the YCIW map. Look around to see where everyone else is from. It's pretty cool.
Make new friends - Meet some fellow learners and introduce yourself. with an introductory post!
It is a great time to be a music educator! Technology can transform any music classroom into a place where every student, regardless of background or experience, can create original music. In so doing they gain skills and learn concepts that aid in their understanding of how music works. A learner who is given this opportunity becomes independent and can begin to use music as a unique form of expression.
Just like art class: Sound before Theory
In the typical visual art class every student begins some kind of creative project (a drawing, painting, sculpture etc.) from the very first class. There is no need for the young learner to develop a facility or technique before beginning an art project. They devlop important skills through doing the project! So too is this true for the young music learner.
Composition vs. Performance (or Both!)
Music teachers have always used strategies that foster creativity and make room for student voice. Through improvisation with pitched percussion, the voice or band instruments students can explore how music works through performing. There is now a deeper and equally creative way for students to express themselves through music composition. With technology like Noteflight students can explore every aspect of the musical language, as well as performance practice techniques, by composing their own pieces for others to perform. Best of all students can also develop their own performance skills by writing a part for themselves to play. Throughout the MCE collections we will examine methods that help students compose notated music compositions. Strategies for mastering key concepts will include ways for students to perform them as well as explore them in Noteflight.
Beyond the Classroom Experience
Technology can help students in a typical music classroom organize their musical ideas for others to interpret. This can provide a powerful experience that fuels curiosity and builds confidence. For example, here a student begins with a simple melody she discovered on piano:
That she then orchestrates for a chamber ensemble:
Through technology a young learner can also incorporate his or her own performance practice by creating music to play with others. In this example a young drummer has composed music for a chamber ensemble as well as a percussion part for himself.
3. First Activity -Thoughts on progressive music making/teaching
For your first activity we'll return to our art class analogy and share some thoughts and ideas about progressive music making/teaching strategies. Directions for completing this step can be found in the topic called:
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