Mother Mother love notesLately there has been a lot of talk on the web by piano teachers  about teaching our students how to compose. I have  posted a lot of activities for beginning students to compose, and I hope this has helped to get  the ball rolling.  But often teachers need more than just an activity. Wendy Stevens  is a very accomplished composer who has a blog to help with music composition. I’ve had a link to her site for quite a while over in my blog roll,  and recently she has been posting some great ideas about how to encourage our students to compose. If you click here, you will go to her post “10 ways to encourage composition in your studio”.

Please let me know how your composition efforts have turned out. I would love to post some student compositions here on my blog. If you have  student composition your student would like to share, send it along or even part of it along. I think a lot of teachers would feel better about teaching composition if they could see some examples of at least parts of some compositions! I can use or not use the name of your student, depending on your preferences. Even just a few measure would be helpful.

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4 thoughts to “ComposeCreate-Wendy’s site

  • Heidi

    I love your composing activities. I have my students work on them at the beginning of each group lesson and one of my students asked if we get to do one again this month. I like how it helps reinforce other basic ideas like stem direction, notes in a scale, end on the tonic note, etc. I also like how they work for beginning and intermediate students as I can challenge my more experienced students to add a harmony part/chords for the left hand. Thank you for all of your amazing resources.

  • Renae

    I forgot to say that I read Wendy’s suggestions and they inspired me to record the children playing their compositions so that they can listen to each other.

  • Renae

    I used the Mother’s Day composing sheet and pre-reading composing sheet with four of my students and they were so engaged with it, I was speechless. I especially liked how the top two lines were ready-made. One student just wrote down random notes and didn’t like it. So, we looked at the pre-written section and discussed what intervals were being used and what sections were repeated. They she changed the intervals to steps, skips and repeats and she was quite pleased with the result. Two of them even enjoyed adding lyrics. We will definately do the Father’s Day one, also. I hope there will be a pre-reading Father’s Day, too.

  • Wendy Stevens

    Thanks, Susan! I do hope the site will be a help to all teachers and to aspiring composers as well. You too have some great, practical activities for teaching young students to compose. I’m sure it must be super exciting to be a student in your studio!


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