So composer camp almost didn’t happen. I had four camps slated to run this summer. Explorer camps 1 and 2 as well as a Kinder-camp (currently in progress) have been well attended. It’s the composer camp that seemed tough to get sign-ups for. I believe this is due to a lack of information regarding just what level kids need to be at in order to compose. I believe children have the greatest and brightest imaginations and are therefore prone to creating. I teach my students composing very early on as a result.
The two boys in the following pictures have each had private lessons for about a year. The youngest, is my son Matt who’s been exposed to the Music for Little Learners kit since he was 5. He’s now 8.
Both these boys are a delight to teach. As you will see they caught on to composing very quickly. The videos represent a ten min. lesson on composing. I think they did fabulous!
Here’s the elements to Day One:
We started out by reviewing our scales and tonic chords.
I reminded them of our lesson on chord inversions and we walked through a few inversions together.
I asked each student to pick their favorite chord. Student #1 picked D major. Student #2 picked C major.
I modeled for them how to create a simple song using only the three notes of the chord. I reminded them you could play them in any position and in any octave on the piano.
Students then put on their headphones and created their own songs. Student #1 completed part one of his song and played it for me. As he played I wrote it on the window with window markers. We collaborated a bit to be sure I had everything right. Then I gave the student a piece of paper with the treble staff drawn on it and told him to write his song down. While Student #1 wrote his song Student #2 and I worked on his song. When both students had two parts (about four measures) I video taped them and created a little movie of the whole process.
This lesson was super easy and fun! The student’s could not believe an entire hour went by. That’s what I call Brining the joy of music home!
Enjoy our video!