At Compose/Create, a blog I read a lot, the wonderful piano composer Kevin Costely is being featured. There is a lot of biographical information about Dr. Costley, an interview with him, and a review of some of his pieces.
This is a great way for your students to connect with a composer. My students have submitted a lot of questions for Dr. Costley. It has given us a chance to talk a little about composing and to get to know my students better.
One of my students’ favorite is Mighty Eagle. You can actually listen to Mighty Eagle at the FJH Website. Click here and scroll down the page to find Mighty Eagle. There you can see the link to listen to it. It is a dramatic piece that really catches the imagination and makes students sound very impressive! Both boys and girls like it, especially middle school age students.
You have to get your questions in by Oct. 6, so start asking your students today. There are so many resources available to us as teachers. If Dr. Costley and Wendy are willing to spend some time making this available, lets support their efforts. All of our composers are so busy, it is hard to find time to feature this kind of direct involvement.