For Grades 3-8, 9-12 and ALL AGES community concerts
Perfect fit for music, English and AVID classes. Brings everyone's voice to the table and the stage by using poetry to explore big issues of self-identity, relationships with nature, our place in the world, and silly things that just make everyone feel good. Students collaborate with composers to create music that amplifies the meaning and communicative power of their words. Starts with a concert featuring Composers and a Guest Poet performing and discussing their own work, then uses step-by-step activities to compose unique, expressive poetry. Delving deeper into the poetry inspires the music to accompany it. Is "hollow" slow or fast? What mood word describes a high note to you? Final compositions can be performed by school ensemble, school ensemble with guest professionals embedded, or the CT faculty ensemble.
My Words, My Music (grades 3-8, 9-12)
Alan Bern, CT Resident Poet 2017
Non-musician and beginning musician students ages 8-12 can create and perform their own 2 or 3-part Round (like Row, Row, Row Your Boat) using their own lyrics and a simple melody that is easily learned during a 45-minute classroom visit.
For Ages 7-14, Beginner to Intermediate Strings
The Teddy Bear Picnic is a fun and playful introduction to composition, musical form, improvisation, and using imagination with music. It is designed to inspire Beginners and Intermediate string players (first and second year) and lasts for one hour or one class period.
For Grades 4-6, 6-8, or High School
Students learn a bit of American history, tracing the origin of the blues tradition, then practice hearing a 12-bar form, recognizing the chord progression, and playing pentatonic and blues scales, all of which build overall musicianship skills and support traditional repertoire learning.
Residencies and assembly concerts for up to 200 middle or high school students
Composing Together partners with noted professional astronomers, including Dr. Jill Tarter of SETI and the movie “Contact” fame, to consider what music might be like on other planets.
Concerts for special education and troubled teens
In collaboration with Jan Elise Sells, M.Ed, MA, MFT, Composing Together has created a meaningful program that will share musical enrichment, emotional awareness and communication skills through creating music together.
For Grades 6-8, 9-12
Students learn about Fibonacci the mathematician and how his famous number series relates to math, art, nature, and music. Demonstration concert includes interactive improvisation using the numbers in rhythm and melody. Residency includes working with rhythm, melody, and aesthetic analysis while collaborating to create and perform new pieces.
For Grades 6-8, 9-12
Students learn about local native plants and how each plant's unique characteristics can relate to musical elements people can use to create new music. Demonstration concert includes performance of "Yerba Buena" and interactive improvisation using a sample plant.