TI:ME has announced that they are holding a student music technology composition contest. It is open to students of any age who are currently enrolled in school. Entrants or their teachers must be TI:ME members.
While the contest is non-competitive, entries will be awarded gold, silver, and bronze certificates, and all students will receive expert feedback on their pieces. Pieces will be judged based on their musical content, creativity, technical proficiency, and reflection. Particularly exceptional pieces may be awarded gold with distinction.
Students may submit pieces for consideration in one of five distinct categories:
- Original DAW composition
- Original notated composition
- Derivative work (covers, remixes, & arrangements)
- Applied technology
Even if your students are new to composition, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to help them hone their creative skills and receive valuable, constructive feedback on their compositions. Software titles you may find particularly helpful for creating compositions for this contest are:
A sophisticated, web-based digital audio workstation (DAW), which includes recording, editing, mixing, instrument patches, and MIDI input.
An easy-to-use platform for audio editing and music-making. It allows for real-time student collaboration within the interface.
A customizable score editor that is easy enough for beginners to use, and sophisticated enough for advanced students.
A funky, simple beat-making software which allows students to learn, create, play along with, and record music.
We also offer content to help you teach composition right in the MusicFirst Classroom Library. A small sample of these lessons and units are:
Compositions with DAWs by MusicFirst
Beginner Noteflight Composition Lessons for Elementary Students by Dan Schultz
Composing Theme Music: Inspired by Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" by Andrea Maas
Digital Music by Virginia Stellato
Deadline for entry is May 1, 2019.