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5th Graders at LREI take part in the innovative music curriculum the Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop (YCIW). YCIW seeks to give every student the opportunity to explore how music works through making original music. These pieces represent the very first attempt at composing for participants. Over the course of the semester in our music class students have been pursuing the answer to one simple question: “How can music tell a story?” Each student has provided his or her own answer to this question by exploring how music works. Beginning with melody and harmony then moving into form and performance practice students created their own unique expressions as a way to test how these parameters work. In so doing they have become composers! Just as every child has a natural inclination to make visual art so too does every child have the desire to organize sound in a creative way. These compositions are the outcome of an investigation into the communicative nature of music in which every musician takes part. As you read the program notes below and hear the music you will get a sense that our young composers have taken on that investigation in a truly imaginative and creative way!

The concert was performed by YCIW artists-in-residence the Metropolis Ensemble under the direction of Andrew Cyr.

Workshop #13 Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop Recordings Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin HS (LREI)

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5th Graders at LREI take part in the innovative music curriculum the Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop (YCIW). YCIW seeks to give every student the opportunity to explore how music works through making original music. These pieces represent the very first attempt at composing for participants. Over the course of the semester in our music class students have been pursuing the answer to one simple question: “How can music tell a story?” Each student has provided his or her own answer to this question by exploring how music works. Beginning with melody and harmony then moving into form and performance practice students created their own unique expressions as a way to test how these parameters work. In so doing they have become composers! Just as every child has a natural inclination to make visual art so too does every child have the desire to organize sound in a creative way. These compositions are the outcome of an investigation into the communicative nature of music in which every musician takes part. As you read the program notes below and hear the music you will get a sense that our young composers have taken on that investigation in a truly imaginative and creative way!

The concert was performed by YCIW artists-in-residence the Metropolis Ensemble under the direction of Andrew Cyr.

    Secret

    Secret

    First I made my main melody then I made my section where the lyrics will go.
    Then I made my lyrics for that section of my piece. I came with my melody for a dub step song slowed down for some parts of my song. My piece stays the same tempo for most of the time but some times it drops down low. My lyrics came from when I was about 8 at my country house in he Berkshire's. I was acting like a survival man and that's when I saw the bird. It was a lot of fun and a great experience for me because we learned about the add-ons like dynamics and articulations.

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    The Content Frog

    The Content Frog

    I wanted to start with C position and then go scale back up. The instruments that play the main melody are the flute and french horn. I named my piece the way I did because my mom told me she liked the parts where all the instruments play and I thought it sounded like a frog so my story was supposed to be about a frog singing and being happy until it gets agitated and then croaks and then is happy again so that is my story. I had some trouble picking what instruments I wanted to play my piece. At first some instruments didn't sound right together, and that lead into another problem that wasn't as big but we had to fix the dissonances. I think I learned a lot more about articulations and dynamics because before I wasn't so good at that but now I know more symbols in music.

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    The Long Black River

    The Long Black River

    Well I used my first melody. My first melody was a simple up and down melody that we had to do for an assignment. My main melody is the Violin, he will be playing mostly the same thing. My title is the long black river that means that it will have some smooth parts and some rough parts. I had trouble adding dynamics and articulations to my piece. It was a lot of fun making music this year especially with Matt. I learned that music can be a lot of fun if you put effort in it.

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    Thunderstorm

    Thunderstorm

    I started with a melody that I played on piano then I changed it a little bit. In the main part I have the violin and the flute. I think the title of the piece should be thunder storm because the melody changes like a thunder storm. I think the hard part was fitting the notes together in the right way. It has been good composing music. I have learned that music can sound good or bad, and that music is tough to write (for some people.)

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    When Will the Rain Stop

    When Will the Rain Stop

    The process of composing my piece started very slow, we started with our main melody. I came came up with my main melody just by finding note patterns that, when played struck some emotion in me. After we created our main melody, we went on to create other parts to our piece. We also learned about articulations, dynamics and more to add to our piece. Once we learned everything about what our pieces could become, composing my piece started to become a lot more rushed. My piece really amazed me in how, after around 3 months it went from a short melody, into a long composition. How it started from one instrument to end up being played with six instruments. My main instrument in my composition is the violin and all my other instruments just follow along the lines of it. The affect my piece gives people is unknown to me. But I feel that it does give off some sort of feeling, maybe sad maybe happy or both. Think about that when you here my piece. As fun and interesting as composing my piece was, it was also very challenging. I had a lot of trouble with coming up with the B section and the C section. And changing my clashes to harmonies wasn't fun also. Coming up with my main melody to begin with was impossible. But hearing the result of my challenge always made it worth it. Composing music has been hard, interesting and really fun for me this year! I've learned a lot about sequences, repetition, harmony, dynamics and articulations also! These have really help me transform my piece into something you would never imagine me to be able to create.

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    The Song

    The Song

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