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Grant Event (Part One)-Nuts & Bolts of Writing Music Down: A Guide to Help Your Students’ Composition Look and Feel Professional

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Local Contact: For more information please contact Jan Miller.
Location: Zoom, for access please contact Jan Miller.
Presenting District: Blue Mountain
Presenter: Dr. Stephen Lewis, PhD, DMA,NCTMRead Presenter Bio

Dr. Stephen Lewis, PhD, DMA, NCTM, is a Portland-based composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher whose compositions inhabit the terrain between sound as physical sensation and sound as signifier of culture. Stephen’s opera, Noon at Dusk, was hailed as “delectable,” with a “constantly shifting sonic world [that] proved fascinating and effective.” Recent and upcoming performance engagements include concerts with the Oregon Symphony, the Agnieszka Laska Dancers, the Astoria Music Festival, and Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project as well as a live broadcast on All-Classical Radio. Stephen has also performed throughout the United States and in Italy. Stephen holds a PhD in composition and a DMA in piano from UC-San Diego, and a BMus from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Stephen teaches piano, composition, music theory, and conducting privately at his home and from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish, where he serves as music director and organist. Stephen enjoys baking bread, reading, wine tasting, and hiking with his wife. See more at his websites: www.stephenlewiscomposer.com (artistic) and www.chopinois.com (teaching).

Program Description (Session One 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM): When writing music,Read More

young composers need to learn to navigate the difficulties of notation (so other people can read their music), instrumentation (so their music works and sounds its best), and style. In this 2-hour session, we will explore a basic set of rules and principles that will allow you to teach your students how to write clear, creative, and effective music. Have handy: blank staff paper, a pencil, an eraser, a 6-inch ruler, and enthusiasm!

Program Description (Session Two 1:00 to 3:00 PM): Many of us feelRead More

that music is often telling a story, but we cannot agree on what these stories are! Is there a story, or not? In this workshop, Dr. Lewis will present current innovative ideas from music theorists about musical “topics,” or references to extra-musical ideas, and how they help us to speak more clearly and accurately about musical stories and narratives. We will look at some of the most common topics found in classical and romantic music and how thinking about topics can help teachers and students reach greater heights in their work together.




October 23
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Jan Miller