Anyone can be a composer! Though it may seem intimidating at first, composing music does not have to be a difficult thing – by the end of this post, you’ll already have composed your first (and perhaps second and third) piece of music.
Learn more about composing your music and then read a spotlight on one of the United States’ most famous composers, Leonard Bernstein.
Check out this easy composition game that will have you creating new music in no time! When you’re done composing, click “share” to get a link you can send to friends. Click to share it with us as well – you just might get to hear your very own composition performed by professional musicians in a special project we’re working on!
*If your composition won’t play back for you, give it a try in full-screen mode.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math and this composition activity combines music and math is such a smart and simple way. Children will get to flex their creativity and work on their basic addition or subtraction skills all at the same time. This blog post goes into even more detail, but the basic steps are as follows:
Leonard Bernstein was one of America’s best-known composers. He was also an accomplished pianist, conductor, and educator. Learning about Leonard Bernstein is a lot of fun because he was alive recently enough that you can see videos of him in action conducting his own music or teaching all about the orchestra.
Here are some interesting facts about Bernstein:
Watch as Leonard Bernstein conducts one of his very own pieces, the Overture to Candide.
Listen to this playlist featuring some of our favorite music by Leonard Bernstein.