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Composing Your Own Music - From Breakfast to World Premiere - Flex Class

Step-by-step music composition units goes from creating simple rhythms out of breakfast menus to putting on a public performance
Katrina Wreede
17 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 7 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
No live meetings
Over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Students will complete and perform their own composition.  They will become fluid with the vocabulary of basic music composition and be able to identify and use some building blocks of composing to imagine and complete their own unique music.  I expect young instrumentalists to practice with more attention and appreciate more when they play or hear music by other people.  This program should make young people more confident with their music and realize the value of putting their ideas out in the world. 
Learners will complete each unit's homework once a week before submitting the assignment and engaging with me in discussion questions and analysis of their work-in-progress.  If they get stuck or have questions, they should contact me as soon as possible so we can go over any issues and stay on schedule.  The weekly videos range from 10-20 minutes long.  The time dedicated to each assignment should range from 10 minutes to over an hour per week.  There are some PDFs of examples, vocabulary and directions to read each week plus occasional worksheets to fill out, which can take about 5-10 minutes.  I will send the PDFs for the next unit after each weekly assessment.   The worksheets are preliminary to the creative part of each assignment.  As students really dive into their composition starting at Unit #4, they will be writing on music manuscript paper (provided in the PDFs) or working in any free music notation app, like MuseScore, and spending closer to an hour per week composing.

At any point that something doesn't make sense, please contact me right away.  I'm always happy to explain or find different ways to work with each individual.  This project should feel like a challenge with lots of options to explore but not totally overwhelming.  Please contact me if the balance is off for your child so we can customize the pace.

I encourage students to perform their composition in a final family concert, which can happen whenever they feel ready, as well as submitting a final "concert" video when completing unit #7.  It's up to your child if they want to share their work in public, like for a school class, church or community center, but I do recommend performing for family, because having someone hear what you've created is very validating.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students can choose to download any FREE online music notation app, like MuseScore, or use pencil and music manuscript paper, which can be printed from the PDF handouts in the program, downloaded for FREE on the internet or purchased in book form. I suggest MuseScore in the videos but any of them is fine, as long as the student is comfortable using it.
Assessment is ongoing each week.  I'll be evaluating each student's understanding of the previous week's concepts through a series of discussion questions and by seeing how they've used them in their composition, then offering guidance as needed.  There won't be a grade, but the last submission will act as a final performance, so there is expectation to make it the best quality possible.  Since each work is totally unique to the individual, their own honest assessment will be part of each discussion.  That's part of learning the creative process, too.
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
You'll be accessing each unit through a private Youtube link, so you can watch it as many times as you need to, whenever you want.  


Katrina Wreede
Lives in the United States
Violin, Viola, Composition: Making Your Music Sound Like You
17 total reviews
15 completed classes

About Me

I'm a professional violist and composer who loves to collaborate.  That means I like to share creating and learning with other people.  I started a program called Composing Together so I could go into schools and libraries to work with groups of... 
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