“Composition as part of music education forms part of complex processes of learning and growth. Creative inventing offers no ready-made or ‘correct’ solutions; instead, it requires the inventor to come up with new ideas and new ways of thinking, understanding and acting. Nourishing such a creative attitude to music and engaging in a critical reappraisal of musical practices are goals at least as important as social engagement in musical culture and instrument performance skills.” – Heidi Partti
Assignments on various topics
Can anyone learn how to compose? How to get started on the pathway to composing? Why is composing a particularly recommendable pursuit for people of all ages? Read what composers, educators and scholars have to say about composition and about teaching composition.
”This article is a discussion of my thoughts about teaching composition and an illustration of the process through sets of assignments that I have devised for the Opus 1 website.” – Markku Klami
“The purpose of student-oriented composition teaching is to identify the musical strengths of children and adolescents – though without forgetting about all the things that still need improvement.” – Pasi Lyytikäinen