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    Illinois Wesleyan University: Summer Music Composition Institute/Camp


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: United States
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Performing & Visual Arts
    • Sub-Categories: Music
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    The Illinois Wesleyan Summer Music Composition Institute/Camp's unique program, now in its fourteenth year, was created specifically for high school students, including graduating seniors, who are interested in music composition and is structured to appeal to students of all levels of experience in music. 

    Prerequisite: a reading knowledge of music notation.

    Students will -

    • Learn how to compose effective music in different styles.
    • Learn about the resources and opportunities that are available to young composers.
    • Learn about the opportunities for studying music at the collegiate level (as either a music major, or as a non-music major).

    Subjects and activities:

    • The elements of music:  melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, form, articulation, and dynamics
    • Faculty comments on students’ compositions
    • Performances of all students’ compositions (performed and recorded by professional musicians)
    • The opportunity to see and hear the music that other high school composers are creating
    • Career opportunities in music
    • Studying music at colleges, universities, and conservatories
    • Preparing your composition portfolio for the college audition process
    • Scholarship opportunities for music students
    • Film and television music
    • SongwritingJazz theory, harmony, arranging, and improvisation
    • The major twentieth-century and contemporary composers of concert music and their important music
    • Music notation (handwritten and computer-generated)
    • Music technology
    • Rehearsal strategies
    • Techniques of conducting
    • Organizations for composers
    • Composition competitions