Opus 1 – composition pedagogy materials databank
Opus 1 – composition pedagogy materials databank is a gateway into the world of musical composition. It was published in Finnish in autumn 2018, and a partial version in English and Swedish was added in autumn 2020.
Opus 1 is a package for any institution or teacher providing music education, with inspiring insights into introductory teaching of composition and a diverse range of composition assignments particularly suitable for group tuition, small group tuition and individual tuition at music institutes.
In Finland’s newest National Curriculum for Basic Education (2014) and National Curriculum for Basic Education in the Arts (2017), composition has for the first time been introduced as a permanent element in teaching at music institutes and comprehensive schools.
The purpose of Opus 1 – composition pedagogy materials databank is to respond to the need for teaching materials prompted by the new curricula and to offer tools and perspectives for the introductory teaching of composition.
The working group behind this project hopes to foster a new culture of composing and composership and through this materials databank to encourage teachers and students alike to explore the world of creating music. The more children and adolescents we can get interested in composing at an early age, the brighter and more varied the future of music will be.
Anyone can create music, and those who develop a true passion for composing can study further under the tutelage of a professional composer.
The design and delivery of the project was undertaken by a working group of specialists in composition and composition pedagogy: Sanna Ahvenjärvi, Marjatta Airola, Marko Alastalo, Markku Klami, Tapio Lappalainen, Minna Leinonen and Anu Ahola.
The website was created by Antti Kangassalo/Farm.
English translations: Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.