Please contact me for more information about classes and private instruction in theory and ear training.
Private instruction - Students of any age work on individual projects with my guidance. Activities include participation in composition concerts and competitions. Private lessons are encouraged for music students who enjoy creative activities and who have a specific interest in composing their own music.
Composition Clubs - Composition Clubs are a hands-on way for music students to learn about composing music. Participants work together to compose pieces of music which are commissioned by music teachers and directors, and then given premiere performances by music students across Canada and beyond. To date, Composition Clubs have composed music for string orchestra, band, choir, chamber ensembles, and soloists.
The Clubs focus on:
process and product in equal measure - as well as learning how to compose music, students cultivate cognate skills such as open-minded listening and creative thinking;
collaboration rather than competition, with an emphasis on teamwork, and all participants contributing as they are able;
education through experience - students’ understanding of the composition process expands through level-appropriate challenges as well as teacher demonstration;
connections and communities - students compose music for their peers to perform, either locally or further afield.
I teach Composition Clubs in Victoria BC and Composition Club Workshops at special events across Canada. Music students and teachers/directors from anywhere in the world can participate in Club activities - to find out how, contact me!
Students who have a strong interest in composition are encouraged to participate in both private lessons and Composition Clubs, since there are important opportunities and skills that are supported by each teaching approach.
Movement 3 of Across the Waves for string orchestra
Completed in January 2019. Composed by Anders (age 14).
Composed by OrKidstra Composition Club, July 2018, Ottawa ON; Premiered by Sizzlers Fiddle Group, December 2018, Victoria BC; directed by Amy Florence Paster; choreographed by Samantha Witwicki.
Ride of Attila by Houtian (age 11)
Composed in September 2018 and performed in November 2018. Awarded the 1st prize for the Murray Adaskin Composition Competition, intermediate level.
Autumn by Zofia (age 10)
Composed in February 2018 and performed in April 2018 at Kiwanis Music Festival - National Capital Region. Awarded the 1st prize for the Junior Composition (12 years and under) with a mark of 94%.