TEACHING CHILDREN TO CREATE MUSIC: Creativity and Composition in the Classroom
This course is designed for anyone who wants a simple method for teaching children how to create music. Primary and secondary school teachers will be especially interested in this course, since the new National Core Arts Standards includes teaching and assessing composition. Both Michael Colgrass and Glen Adsit teach the Colgrass system of graphic notation composition. Graphic notation is a simple way to learn how to compose using a special shorthand notation that has proven successful in teaching students of all ages how to write for ensembles of any size. This method does not require knowledge of traditional harmony or music theory. Additionally, many school districts are now incorporating this method into the curriculum and in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, it is required in the junior high and high school curricula. Conductor Glen Adsit also teaches advanced conducting techniques through graphics, which participants use to conduct their own works during the week.
In addition to teaching a week-long workshop for educators both Michael and Glen will travel to individual school districts to teach and demonstrate this method of teaching creativity to children and teachers.
A fantastic video introduction can be seen here. Credit Neal Colgrass for this amazing video.