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Attention Young Composers!

In celebration of Make Music Day 2017, MakeMusic is hosting a composition contest for young composers, aged 13-21. The winner will receive cash and other prizes. In addition, their composition will be made available to all users of SmartMusic Teach Free and will be performed live in select cities as part of national Make Music Day celebrations on June 21st, 2017.

Entries can be created in any notation software. If you do not have any notation software, download a free 30 day trial of Finale and start creating!

Grand Prize Winner: Dakota Pederson

Runners-up

Jacob Boring
Jalen Geason
Louis Josephson
Sam Owens
John Rantschler
Trenton Rhodes
Alec Shirer
Andrew Strawn
Alex Tedrow
Jacob Zeigler

Instrumentation

Eligible compositions must use (and are limited to) the following instrumentation and should be written at a level of difficulty that could be performed by a typical middle school band:

  • Flute/Oboe
  • Bb Clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Bb Trumpet
  • F Horn
  • Trombone/Baritone B.C./Bassoon
  • Tuba
  • Bells
  • Percussion

(Please note this instrumentation is available as the Beginning Band template in Finale.)

Timeline

May 8th – All submissions are due by 11:59pm Mountain Time

May 22nd – Winning Score is announced

June 21st – Winning Score is performed

Prizes

The winning young composer will receive:

  • $250 one-time cash prize
  • Finale v25
  • Garritan Marching & Concert Band sound library
  • One-year SmartMusic Student subscription
  • One-year student membership to American Composers Forum

Judges

Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer. His music for winds, brass, and orchestra has been performed in countries throughout the world. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and his master’s degree from the University of Miami in Florida. Currently, he is Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon is a major figure in contemporary Classical music, having received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto. Higdon holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her music is published exclusively by Lawdon Press.

Jim Stephenson

James M. Stephenson came late to his full-time composing career, having performed 17 seasons as a trumpeter in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. As such, the composer is largely self-taught, making his voice truly individual and his life’s work all the more remarkable. His arrangements have been performed/recorded/broadcast by virtually every major orchestra in the country.

Additional Sponsors of the MakeMusic Young Composers Contest

American Composers Forum
The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music. Our goal is to make composers, and the music they create, a vibrant and integral part of our culture. By linking communities with composers and performers, ACF fosters a demand for new music, enriches communities, and helps develop the next generation of composers, musicians, and music patrons.

Make Music Alliance
Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 50 US cities and another 700 cities around the world. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in thousands of free public concerts.

Official Rules

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Level I: Exploring SmartMusic and the World's Largest Digital Repertoire Library - FREE

This introductory course focuses on how to navigate and use the basic features of the classic SmartMusic. You will become familiar with the content available for band, orchestra, choir, and general music, and discover how to expand this content by importing MP3 audio and Finale-created files.

Unit 1: Home Page and Basic Navigation

Easily navigate the classic SmartMusic interface
Explain the difference between My Library and Find Music
Find music by either browsing the catalog or searching by instrument, category, skill level, genre, state list, and/or state skill level.
List the steps for creating playlist
List 3 things that can be modified in "settings"
List 3 of the practice tools

Unit 2: SmartMusic Content divided in Four Tracks (Band, Orchestra, Choir, General Music)

Download music for your specific teaching area and/or need
Understand the different ways in which repertoire behaves inside of classic SmartMusic

Unit 3: Additional Content

Add their own content to classic SmartMusic by importing MP3 recordings
Add their own content to classic SmartMusic by importing Finale-created files

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the classic version of SmartMusic, not the new web-based SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days.

Guiding Student Practice with the SmartMusic Gradebook

Building on the basic familiarity with the classic SmartMusic content and navigation, this course leverages the classic SmartMusic Gradebook to reinforce deliberate practice with your students. You will learn to create a class, enroll students, and send them assignments. Also included is a section on grading and sharing data with parents and administrators.

FREE

Unit 4: Class Setup, Student Enrollment, Assignment Creation

Create at least one class with a set calendar and grading scale in classic SmartMusic
Enroll students in a class by using the enrollment link
Schedule a variety of assignments
Add or remove State Standards to assignments for the purpose of documentation

Unit 5: Gradebook Management

Access and review student assignments from within the SmartMusic client
Listen to and grade assignments
Re-assign work that does not meet teacher standards
Email parents/guardians after an assignment has been submitted and attach student work
Export data to enter in school’s designated gradebook software
Export progress reports to share with parents and students during parent/teacher conferences
Find help and resources to troubleshoot problems

Unit 6: Additional Tools

Create additional types of assignments including: gradebook entry, automated assignments and response assignments
Create and store units of content and assignments in the Assignment Library for future use
Create and manage rubrics as well as attach rubrics to assignments for criteria-based grading

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the classic version of SmartMusic, not the new web-based SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days.

Simple Steps to Create SmartMusic Content with Finale

This advanced course will guide the creation of your own content for use in the classic SmartMusic. An introduction to Finale music notation software is provided, with sections on setting up a score, entering notes and markings, formatting your music, creating SmartMusic files, scanning as well as Finale tips and shortcuts.

FREE

Unit 7: Finale for Classic SmartMusic Educators

Set up a score in Finale using the Launch Window
Enter notes using one of the following methods: simple entry, speedy entry, MIDI keyboard or scanning

Unit 8: Editing your Score

Enter articulations and using at least 4 metatools
Enter expressions using at least 4 metatools
Enter SmartShapes using at least 2 metatools
Transpose music
Format parts to look and feel right

Unit 9: Creating Classic SmartMusic Files with Finale

Export Finale files into classic SmartMusic by creating Assessment, Ensemble and Solo files

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the classic version of SmartMusic, not the new web-based SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days.

Beginning Finale Notation

This introductory course focuses on how to navigate and use the basic Finale features. You will become familiar with the software interface, Launch Window, sound libraries, Windows vs. Mac commands, playback controls, viewing modes, tools, menus, score setup, Simple Entry note methods, adding markings and articulations, as well as Page Layout and printing. The tutorials in this course correspond to chapters 1-5 of Mavis Kallestad’s Building Successful Finale ‘Chops’ book for Finale 2014.

$25.00

NOTE: Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase.

Creating an Instrumental Score with Finale

In this course you will apply the knowledge acquired in the Beginning Finale Notation course specifically to recreate an instrumental score. You will learn how to set up the score, enter notes and rests using a MIDI keyboard, copy music, use Metatools to enter dynamic markings and articulations such as accents, staccatos, fermatas, slurs, and rehearsal letters. You will also learn how to fit measures, and lay out your page correctly, and view and print parts, which are linked in Finale. The tutorials in this course correspond with chapter 6 of Mavis Kallestad’s Building Successful Finale ‘Chops’ book for Finale 2014.

$25.00

NOTE: Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase.

Creating a Choral Score with Finale

In this course you will apply the knowledge acquired in the Beginning Finale Notation course specifically to recreate a choral score. You will learn to set up a choral score, enter notes in the first staff, copy them to the other voice parts and use the Repitch Tool to “repitch” the notes. Type in lyrics and copy them to the other voice parts. Additionally, you will add dynamics, rehearsal letters and learn how to create a piano reduction used for rehearsal. The tutorials in this course correspond with chapter 8 of Mavis Kallestad’s Building Successful Finale ‘Chops’ book for Finale 2014.

$25.00

NOTE: Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase.

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Level 1: Exploring the New SmartMusic and Repertoire for Instrumentalists

This introductory course focuses on how to navigate the interface and use the basic features of the new web-based SmartMusic. You will become familiar with the content available for band and orchestra and discover how to expand this content by importing MusicXML files.

FREE

Unit 1: New SmartMusic Basic Navigation

Easily navigate the new SmartMusic interface
Easily navigate the Admin portal
Find music by either browsing the catalog or searching with filters

Unit 2: Finding and Opening Band and Orchestra Content in the New SmartMusic

Find music for their specific teaching area and/or need
Understand the different ways in which repertoire behaves inside of the new SmartMusic
Utilize the available tools to display fingerings (when applicable) and hear first pitch

Unit 3: Adding your Own Content to the New SmartMusic with MusicXML Files

Add your own content to SmartMusic by importing musicXML files created in Finale or other software that exports to that format.

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the new version of SmartMusic, not the classic SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase.

Level 2: New SmartMusic: Guiding Student Practice with the Gradebook

Building on the basic familiarity with the new SmartMusic content and navigation, this course leverages the new SmartMusic Gradebook to reinforce deliberate practice with your students. You will learn to create a class, enroll students, and send them assignments. Also included is a section on grading and sharing data with parents and administrators.

FREE

Unit 4: Creating Classes, Enrolling Students and Scheduling Assignments in the New SmartMusic

Create at least one class with a set calendar and grading scale
Enroll students in a class by sharing the class code
Schedule a variety of assignments

Unit 5: Managing the Gradebook in the New SmartMusic

Access and review student assignments
Listen to and grade assignments
Re-assign work that does not meet teacher standards
Make changes to parameters of an assignment such as timeline and students
Export data to enter in school’s designated gradebook software

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the new version of SmartMusic, not the classic SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase. Completion of Level 1 NOT required for this course.

Unit 6: New SmartMusic iPad App

Identify and download the correct iPad app from the App store
Understand that navigating the iPad app is the same as navigating SmartMusic on the web on the computer

Level 3: Simple Steps to Create SmartMusic Content with Finale

This advanced course will guide the creation of your own content for use in the new SmartMusic. A brief overview of Finale music notation software is provided, with sections on setting up a score, entering notes and markings, formatting your music, and exporting MusicXML files.

FREE

Unit7: Score Setup, Note Entry and Score Editing

Set up a score in Finale using the Launch Window
Enter notes using Simple Entry point and click
Enter markings such as articulations, dynamics, and rehearsal letters

Unit 8: Formatting the Score and Parts and Exporting to MusicXML

Format the score using the Selection Tool, Resize Tool and Page Layout Tool
Format parts
Create multi-measure rests
Export their music to MusicXML format
Find and install the Dolet 6 Plugin if they are using Finale 2014.5 version or older

NOTE: This eLearning course is for the new version of SmartMusic, not the classic SmartMusic. Course must be completed within 90 days of purchase. Completion of Levels 1 & 2 NOT required for this course.

Unit 9: Uploading your MusicXML Files into SmartMusic

Upload MusicXML files into the new SmartMusic
Open uploaded MusicXML files in the new SmartMusic