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Composing for Local Schools

Written by Evan Johnson '13

photo of student composers

Every year, IC students in the Composing in the Schools program work with students and teachers from area middle schools to produce a piece for the middle school musicians to perform.

The composition students meet with middle school kids to get ideas of what they want to play. (For instance, Belle Sherman Elementary School students requested a piece about time travel.) The IC students then come up with an original score, taking the suggested themes and skill levels of the students into account when writing the music. “The IC students get to learn more about composing pieces, and the students in the schools have something written just for them,” said Sally McCune, an IC lecturer in music theory, history, and composition. “It’s a win-win situation.”



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