Summer 2020 registration is open!
INTRO TO MUSIC COMPOSITION WORKSHOP ONLINE
From structured listening to studying orchestration and compositional exercises, students will learn basic elements of the composer’s creative process, including melodic construction, harmony, and counterpoint. This foundational program will use traditional methods as well as music notation software and other digital apps to help participants begin building their own compositions!
What you should know to take this workshop: Basic understanding of treble and bass clef, experience playing an instrument, basic understanding of music theory (scales, key signatures, time signatures) – participants are encouraged to present pieces they are currently working on, although it is not required.
More advanced composition students should enroll in our Music Composition Explorations workshop for ages 13–18!
Ages: 13 – 18
Dates: June 22 – 26, 2020
Times: 1:00 pm – 4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Location: Online (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
- Computer or tablet with internet access and audio/ video capabilities
- Access to free MuseScore, NoteFlight, or paid Sibelius software
Instructor: Andrew Cote, Ph.D.
Mason School of Music Faculty
Read about Dr. Cote
As a rock and popular music artist, Dr. Cote has recorded with several groups including Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents, Winterstar, Marijke, The Double Yellow, The Dino Monkeys, Armaniche’s Architects, Famous Ladies, and several more. He is an active studio drummer, recording on several albums each year. Andrew currently teaches orchestration, aural skills, and popular music history at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Cote also is the Staff Arranger and Director of Choirs at Truro Anglican Church, also in Fairfax, VA.
Dr. Cote earned a Doctorate in Music Composition from George Mason University, a Master’s degree in Music Composition from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. His former composition instructors include Mark Camphouse, David R. Gillingham, Andrew Boysen Jr., David Hollinden, Jay Batzner, and Michael Annicchiarico.
“My favorite part of the program was the composition challenges, where Mr. Andrew would sit us down, give us a list of requirements, and say, ‘Now compose a piece!’”―Intro to Music Composition 2019 Music
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