Creating Music and Audiences

August 6, 2015

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One of the more popular composing projects in music classrooms is taking a video clip and assigning the students to compose music to accompany what they see on the screen. Such projects must be preceded by instruction on how to use musical elements and structure to convey, express, and represent emotions, images and even stories. This instruction might include the study of program music to hear how composers tell stories with instrumental music, romantic symphonic works to hear how composers express emotions with instrumental music, and contemporary film scores to hear and see how composers write music to aid in the telling of a story and in including the audience in the emotions the characters in the film are experiencing.

It is worth considering that while all of this is solid practice in educating students musically, people in an audience at a classical music concert have need of the same…

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