Lillian Reichert, Chair

2018 Composition Competition Information

MTNA Composition Competition

It is that time again—to enter students in the MTNA Composition Competition!  

e deadline is 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, 13 September 2017.  

The benefits of composing are numerous, including learning how to develop a theme, better understanding rhythm (from having to notate it yourself!), to creating the architecture of a piece.

We encourage you to enter your students.  They will receive excellent, helpful comments and learn so much from entering the competition!

Other Resources for Compositions:

FREE staff paper download

10 staves per page, with wide spacing (to fit in dynamics & ledger lines) 

FREE music notation software download 

Only ten minutes to download & easy to use

MSMTA Teachers who teach composition

 Available as resources in your area

If you are an MSMTA Teacher and would like to be included in the above list, please contact Lillian Reichert.

Books for teaching composition

  • Piano Teacher's Guide to Creative Composition, by Carol Klose, a step-by-step process of how to teach composition in your studio in ten-minute segments
  • Essential Dictionary of Music Notation, by Alfred Publications
  • Discover Blues Improvisation, by Faber and Faber with Edwin McLean, FJH Music Company
  • A Classical Approach to Jazz Piano Improvisation, by Dominic Aldis, Hal Leonard Corporation

Handout from Composition Session, MSMTA Conference, 11-02-13


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