Lately 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.