The TeachPianoToday podcast is back and we’re delighted to post this exciting episode! Today’s guest, Rena Upitis, shares her insights on composing with young children and discusses the importance of introducing composition to young children.
How many of you have had piano students bring in their very creatively-notated compositions? And did you know what to do with those sheets of paper covered in their little invented musical markings? After today’s podcast… you will!
Listen in as Rena shares:
- why and how we should “treat children as composers”
- how to find the time to include composing in your piano lessons
- what is invented notation and should we be encouraging this way of composing?
- what should you do when a child brings their invented notation to you?
- how to encourage a need for notated composing in very young children
- when should invented notation become standard notation?
- and much, much more!
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Resources For Composing With Kids
- Rena’s book “Can I Play You My Song? The Compositions and Invented Notations of Children is a must read for anyone who teaches music young children. If you are not already inspired to treat all of your students as composers, then you will most definitely be doing so after reading her book.
- You can find out more about Rena and her many musical projects at www.renaupitis.com.
- If you’re fired up about including composing in your lessons but you crave some structure and “know how” our uber-popular resource “The Curious Case of Muttzart and Ratmaninoff” is your solution. With 12 lessons designed to spark your students’ creativity while giving them the composing tools they need, you’ll be all set up to add this very important aspect to your lessons.