Yesterday was our first Colorado Composes meeting for the Jensen Piano Studio. Most of the kids have spent a full year in the project and are very familiar with the composing process. Are they skilled composers? Not really, but they are just babies in the composing process.
We began our session watching the Apple/NASA video, which celebrates the Juno probe’s arrival at Jupiter. This video talks about how music links science and art together. It also talks about the creative process and how to Take a Risk, Beat Fear and Try-fail, Try-fail, Try-succeed, then go back into the studio and perfect the idea. Composing is full of the unknown. As one of the musicians in the video said,” You go through a bunch of unknowns but you have a destination in mind...that might change the world.”
As we begin this new year of Colorado Composes across the project and from coast to coast (not just in Colorado) our students will be embarking on their own unknown journey. Some of our kids will need extra kinds of encouragement. Some kids will have ideas coming from every direction. Our job is to allow them to experiment because art and science are about the ‘Try-fail, Try-fail, Try-succeed’ process.
There will be some frustration but if we can ‘travel through the unknowns with just a destination in mind’ without giving up, we will create some wonderful things.
Our work with Adriana Janse van Rensburg’s ‘Outer Space Unit’ in Music Composition, it’s elementary’ allowed us to brain storm a few ideas. Today’s class will use Jill Hanrahan’s composing boxes to help with their creative process.
We are on a wonderful journey where we are mixing the creative and analytical. Creativity takes so much courage and so off we go into music creation, ‘the final frontier’.
A Project sponsored by Musicians Society of Denver and KEYBAND! USA to promote the creation and sharing of music compositions across Colorado and the USA.
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