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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 #26 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.

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    Dancing Feet by Stella

    Dancing Feet by Stella

    I gave my piece the title Dancing Feet because it sounds a little like tiny dancer’s feet prancing across the floor. To compose the main melody of this piece, I first had to imagine a one measure melody, then I would close my eyes and listen to it and figure out what I thought came next. I did that for every single instrument because each instrument even though they have to blend together they must have their own melody too so that not all the instruments are playing the same thing. I think that composing this piece has made me a better musician because even though some parts I felt were impossible, I still had a lot of fun making it myself. Throughout this piece I learned that there are many different types of textures.

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    Flying Through the Clouds by Clarissa

    Flying Through the Clouds by Clarissa

    I titled my piece flying through the clouds because, in my main melody the notes go up. I decided to name it connecting to something in the sky or something that is up high. It was hard for me to begin this piece because I didn’t know how to begin. When we added three more instruments it was hard to avoid clashes between notes. Something I learned about music while I was making this was that you can’t just write down some notes and say it is music. People actually take a lot of time and effort to make the melody, write a part for each instrument, and do there best to make you happy when you listen to their music that they wrote. My piece is supposed to be about a bird flying around in the clouds. I dedicate my piece to my Mommy, Daddy and Sister for always being there for me.

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    Sophia by Andrei

    Sophia by Andrei

    We started our pieces by making a main melody. Then we did a lesson about Resolutions and used them when we added our 2nd instrument. Then later we learned about Textures and we used this to add are 3rd instrument. Then we did a lot of other lessons until we got to adding all six instruments. I have learned a lot about music from making my own. The main thing I learned is where notes go on the different lines. My piece is dedicated to my sister Sophia, hence the name.

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    Dashing Meadow by Antonio

    Dashing Meadow by Antonio

    I named this piece dashing meadow because when my family hears it they will think of wind blowing though a meadow. I first started with the clarinet as the main melody and added the bassoon and the violin. I gave the cello the same part as the violin because they are alike. For the flute and french horn I gave them a soothing part. Composing the piece was a very hard and long process. My piece is dedicated to my Mom.

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    Morning Melody by Mia

    Morning Melody by Mia

    My piece reminded me of the morning. I wanted to call it morning dew. Then my dad said, “It’s a morning dew melody”. Then I said “What about morning melody?” I liked that name. I began my piece by putting some simple notes together. I started with only three notes and kept changing the piece little by little until it sounded just right. I decided that my main instrument would be the french horn. I thought it was a good main instrument because it sounded great using just a few simple notes. I added a note and took notes away. Finally, it sounded good. That part was the violin. But then we had to add another instrument, and I chose the bassoon. It was very low and did not fit in with my piece, so I did not give it a lot of notes. I decided to change my main instrument to the flute, because it would sound much better. Matt told us that we had to add three more instruments, there would be six instruments total. I added the french horn the cello and the clarinet. I used the same parts as the other insturments. Composing music was really fun. It was trial and error. You tried one thing, it did not work. You tried another, it worked. Always try again. I really liked it. I learned try and try again if it does not work try something new. Your piece will turn out great. Even if it does not sound amazing to you it is amazing. Music is easy to make. You can make music with any thing even if its not an instrument. Music is a key to the world. My piece is dedicated to my sister Zoe.

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    Fat Frog by Anna

    Fat Frog by Anna

    I named my piece fat frog because when listen to it i think of frogs. My piece was really hard because I had to go back a lot and go over it and make sure it was not clashing, and sounded good. This took me a long time I had to redo the whole “b” section because it sounded a lot like my “a” section. I wanted to make my piece stand out so everyone can tell it was mine without knowing it was mine. I think it is really cool to compose this piece, a lot of schools don’t do this and we are really lucky we have the opportunity to compose music pieces. I learned a lot about music like all the notes, steps and leaps and now I know how to read music. My song is about me because I am awesome and my piece is awesome. My piece is dedicated to my dead frog loggy, I LOVE YOU LOGGY!!!!!!!!

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