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LREI students take part in our Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop (YCIW) music curriculum. The general philosophy of this experience is that students learn musical concepts and skill through the act of composing music. This borrows from the typical visual arts class where students can begin making creative choices almost immediately. Technology now helps to make this possible in music class. YCIW is a community of not only learners but also teachers, composers and performers. Students share their scores online with professional composers who offer helpful feedback. The music is brought to life by our artists in residence Metropolis Ensemble. For more info visit: yciw.lrei.org.

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LREI students take part in our Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop (YCIW) music curriculum. The general philosophy of this experience is that students learn musical concepts and skill through the act of composing music. This borrows from the typical visual arts class where students can begin making creative choices almost immediately. Technology now helps to make this possible in music class. YCIW is a community of not only learners but also teachers, composers and performers. Students share their scores online with professional composers who offer helpful feedback. The music is brought to life by our artists in residence Metropolis Ensemble. For more info visit: yciw.lrei.org.

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    Almost There by Elijah M

    Almost There by Elijah M

    I started by just putting in notes and seeing how they sounded. Then I made changes to make it better. The main melody came first. The flute and violin have the main part. I find that when you listen to the piece, it feels like reaching out to something, but not getting there. That is why it’s called Almost There. At first, it sounded off. Like one part should be playing a note or two higher. Then I figured it out and it worked out. I also had trouble making the background part loud because you couldn’t hear it. I have learned that instead of trying to fix things, sometimes it is better to just start fresh. I also learned that composing is really fun.

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    The Zoo Keeper by Io

    The Zoo Keeper by Io

    At first I didn’t know what my main melody was going to be and I thought it was going to be so hard. But then I just played three notes in line (all a step above each other) and then I reversed it. I decided that it sounded OK so I reversed that but in a lower spot. And then kept going up. I started to know that it was pretty easy. The clarinet is my main instrument. I added the other instruments in by copying the parts from the clarinet and added the parts that sounded good. My sister helped me make my title. She said, “What does the sound remind you of?” and I said, “Well, I guess it sounds like animals.” so she said, “Maybe you could name it the”Zoo Keeper” because it’s like a zoo. I thought it was a really great title so she said I should use it. I felt like It was hard to put detail in the dynamics (to make it what amount of how smooth you want it and length of notes and how loud you want, etc. it to be. I learned that it is easier to compose a song that you love than a perfect song that you think sounds perfect and everything is perfect about it. There should always be some room for improvement.

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    Opening Ceremony by 6th Grader Izzy

    Opening Ceremony by 6th Grader Izzy

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    Entering Exit 9 by 6th Grader Lola

    Entering Exit 9 by 6th Grader Lola

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    DifferentWinds by 6th Grader Daria

    DifferentWinds by 6th Grader Daria

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    Chronicles by 6th Grader Bella

    Chronicles by 6th Grader Bella

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