Seeds of Imagination

presented by Wynn-Anne Rossi (2021)
At the elementary level, students can explore imagination and learn to compose with improvisation exercises and non-traditional notation. Travel under the sea or create a lion roar to learn about range, articulations and dynamics.  Self-expression becomes a natural part of the musical language.

For Teachers Who Want to Compose

presented by Carol Matz (2020)
Have you ever wanted to write pieces for your students, or even try to self-publish your own compositions? Learn tips and strategies from composer Carol Matz, with an eye on understanding how to learncomposition in order to more effectively teach composition. Carol will help tap into your creativity and give you insight into creating pedagogically sound piano pieces.

Teaching Composition with Modes

presented by Carol Matz (2019)
Modes can be a hard concept for students to grasp. Most of us think the modes are “D to D on the white keys = Dorian,” etc. However, there’s more to it than that, and there are more modes out there than the commonly known Greek modes. This session will make it simple for you to teach modes, as well as getting your students to compose with modes. You’ll learn how to: present the material to students in a clear, interesting way; learn how modes outside of the Greek modes are generated; and most importantly, you’ll learn tips on how to teach your students to compose using various modes.[

Vampire, Witches and Bats (A Practical Guide to Coaching Early Composition)

presented by Charlene Jarvis (2018)
Curious about what your students retain? Teach composition from the start and you will be surprised at what your little goblins have absorbed and can produce! Now is the perfect time to get started. Glean practical ideas for teaching composition, including a step-by-step guide using a theme (e.g. Halloween) for launching creative ideas.

Teaching Composition to Young Students

presented by Carol Matz (2018)
Teachers will learn tangible approaches to teaching early-level students how to compose. This includes having students create their own book of compositions, cover to cover, compositional techniques made easy for beginning pianists (such as using pattern and sequence, melodic inversion, retrograde, modes), as well as strategies to guide students and spark creativity.