Critiquing Young Composers

One of the most challenging aspects of working with young composers is providing appropriate feedback and critiques of their work. Finding the right balance between too much (too harsh or…

More Than Just a Competition!

The deadline for the 2014 NAfME Student Composers Competition is approaching fast: The submission deadline is February 15, 2014. Up to ten selected compositions will be performed at the NAfME National…

2014 NAfME Student Composers Competition

2014 Student Composers Competition – Entry deadline: February 15, 2014 NAfME is seeking original music written by student composers for featured performance in the Young Composer Concert at the National…

NewMusicBox Feature on Composition and Education

NewMusicBox, a multimedia publication, is featuring a provocative series of articles on composition and education under the title “How We Learn Now: Education Week.” According to Molly Sheridan of NewMusicBox,…

Focus on Composition in Nashville

The National In-Service Conference in Nashville will feature exciting sessions on music composition presented by outstanding clinicians.  Join us for timely and expert insights into the world of composition. The conference will…

Arranging as a Step Toward Composing

Trying to decide how to go about composing in a large ensemble can be daunting, especially if you have never attempted it before. In my large ensemble classroom, students start…

Kaschub & Smith create "ComposingTogether.com"

From this new website: Composing Together is an approach to designing and implementing compositional activities tailored to meet the needs of your K-12 students. Offering music teachers and others interested in helping…

Compositional Forensics: Examining "Skyfall"

Compositional Forensics: Examining “Skyfall” Michele Kaschub & Janice P. Smith  “I like this piece and I want to make something like it. How can I do that?”      …