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Gear4music Supports Composition Project for Young People

Gear4music Supports Composition Project for Young People
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Gear4music.com has leant its support to the Notate Composition Project at Manor CE School, York. Launched in Spring 2011, the competition was open to all students in year 7, as part of their Key Stage 3 music programme. Lucky winners David Noble and Jamie Beardmore, each receive a copy of Sibelius Student, provided by Gear4music.com, as well as having their piece performed live. The project is designed to challenge students to develop melody and harmony writing and orchestration skills. It gives young people the unique opportunity to discuss and implement key elements of musical theory in a real-world situation, with a tangible target. The 2011 competition was set out in two stages. Firstly, students had to crack a code of letters and numbers. When this had been solved, the list transformed in to musical notation. Students were then tasked with developing their own arrangement based on the melody they uncovered. This year's winners beat all competition with their uniquely named composition "JAMIEandDAVID_r_awesome_av_it3_finished." The piece will receive its first live performance on Thursday 20th October at the Manor Concert Orchestra's Autumn Concert. The Manor Concert Orchestra features string, woodwind, brass and percussion sections along with a piano, a bass and an electric guitar. They play a mix of genres, including film, classical and latin music. The competition was judged by a panel of music specialists from across the musical spectrum. The panel of three was made up of Jim Fowler, Music Content Manager for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe; Claire Smith, Academic Music Teacher at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester and John Harrison, Music Teacher at City of London School for Boys. Jonathan Meager, Marketing Manager at Gear4music.com commented, "it's a real honour to have been involved with this competition." "At Gear4music we believe that music is a key part of a young person's development - the Notate Composition Project gives students a unique opportunity to do something they can be proud of with their compositional skills." "Everyone at Gear4music is committed to encouraging new people to pick up a musical instrument - this is the motivation behind our own superb value range if music equipment." Sibelius Student Edition, the main prize in the competition, is the world's best-selling music notation software, and is the choice of countless top composers, arranges and publishers. With a 38 GB pro-quality sound library and clear to understand visuals, Sibelius provides the best tools for writing and developing your own compositions.
Posted on 10 Oct 2011 14:26 to category : Music News

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