Reflections: Music Composition

We are thrilled to be participating once again in the national PTA arts program called
 Have you heard your child talking about “Trish the Fish” or our friend Aaron paddling a boat into Canada?  These were skits shown to our students that talked about our theme for the year:  “What Is Your Story?”  (Check out Aaron’s story about paddling to Canada here).

This is your child’s chance to express who they are as an individual through six different categories.  We’ll feature a different category each day this week.  Today’s topic is MUSIC COMPOSITION.

Music Composition is the process of creating a new piece of music.  Your child, the composer, is a person who expresses their own thoughts and ideas through the use of sound.  The student composer may submit an entry performed by an individual or group and/or make use of a sound library generated performance of a composed score.  Student composers are not required to perform their composition.

Consider the following musical styles and instruments to portray your original composition:
A cappella
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World Music
Symphonic/Concert Band

Has your child been in piano lessons since they could reach the keyboard?  Band?  Violin?  We’ve seen first hand the musical talent our students possess.  Encourage them to create a new piece of music for this program!

The most IMPORTANT part of your child’s entry is that they must be able to tie it back to the theme of “What Is Your Story?”  In their artist statement (on the entry form), they need to tell us about their work and what it means to them:
– How does their work relate to the theme?
– What is their personal connection to the theme?
– What did they use to create their work (i.e., supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?
– What/Who was their inspiration?

The artist statement should be around 100 words.  Use all 100 words!  The more robust your artist statement, the better!

Here’s what to do to participate:

  • Review this document for the specific criteria for a Music Composition entry.  This document is also available on our bulletin board outside of the library.
  • Grab and fill out a Student Entry Form from the Reflections bulletin board.
  • Turn in your Literature entry and Student Entry Form to the main office by October 17th!
  • Attend our art show on November 17th.  We’ll feature all of the amazing entries by our students.  Light refreshments will be served!
  • Our students sadly don’t get a lot of opportunities to participate in the arts during their regular school day.  We encourage your family to participate in this arts program!

Questions?  Contact Lucas Rucks at