THE COMPOSITION LAB
In The Composition Lab students learn to create music through the combination of melody, harmony, rhythm, and other musical elements. It involves writing down musical ideas in a notation system, arranging those ideas into a cohesive structure, and shaping them into a finished piece of music.
Music Composition Elective Curriculum Includes
Skills Students Learn
Students have the opportunity to practice their notation skills through exercises and assignments, receive feedback and critiques from instructors, and collaborate with peers on musical projects.
Students learn how to compose their own music and arrange existing music to create new versions.
Basic Music Theory
Students will learn fundamental music theory concepts, such as scales, chords, harmony, and melody, which they can use to arrange and write music.
Students learn how to read and write musical notation, including notes, rests, dynamics, and other markings.
Students develop their listening skills and learn to identify different musical elements, such as pitch, rhythm, and timbre.
Introduction to Music Notation
Learn about the different symbols used in music notation
Practice writing notes and rests on a staff
Learn how to read basic rhythms
Introduction to Notation software
Overview of software
Basic navigation and interface
Inputting and editing notes and rhythms
Melody and Harmony
Creating a simple melody
Rhythm and Percussion
Creating and editing drum and percussion parts
Understanding rhythmic notation
Understanding basic time signatures
Adding Different Instruments
Adding other instruments
Experimenting with different combinations of instruments
Score Formatting and Layout
Score formatting basics (title, composer, key signature, etc.)
Creating and formatting parts
Using basic dynamics to enhance the composition
These are just some of the elements your child can experience in The Composition Lab!
Students participating in The Composition Lab Students learn to notate by hand and use software to notate and arrange music. They gain knowledge and practical experience in topics such as music theory, chord progressions, melody writing, orchestration, and music notation. Some classes also cover the use of music production software and digital audio workstations to bring their compositions to life. Learners will create their own music compositions and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the art of music production.
YMU gave David important foundational skills in all instruments. His mom and I were aware of his fascination to play piano. But it was with YMU where David first sang publicly, which showed us his singing voice and his love of live performance. While enrolled at YMU, David picked up his first drumsticks, bass guitar, and electric guitar, setting the stage for years of education at YMU and elsewhere on all of those instruments, as well as several others. It is safe to say that without The Young Musician's University, much of David's potential would not have been identified and he would not be the musician he is today.
Dean, YMU Parent