Despite music being a crucial component of our daily lives, fewer and fewer children are being exposed to the process of music making and composition. In subjects such as visual art, dance and literature, children are encouraged to be actively involved in the process of creation. Music, however, seems to be left behind.
To copy the truth can be a good thing, but to invent the truth is better, much better. - Giuseppe Verdi.
Here are five reasons why musical composition should be more heavily incorporated into the music curriculum:
✔ It encourages creativity.
Composition can give students the opportunity to explore their own musical voice. Embracing freedom and originality is an important step in our musical development.
✔ It improves our understanding of music theory.
A strong understanding of music theory is key in becoming a confident and successful musician. Music theory allows us to understand the structure and meaning behind a piece of music and gives us the ability to communicate our own ideas to others.
✔ It creates a sense of accomplishment.
Creating a sense of accomplishment is highly effective in boosting self-esteem and confidence. High self-esteem can encourage children to follow their ideas and think creatively.
✔ It allows us to build a relationship with past composers.
Experiencing the process of composition can enable students to empathize with past composers. This helps to improve musical interpretation and adds a more human element to classical music.
✔ It can develop into a passion or career.
Many people find huge joy in expressing themselves through composition. Some students may go on to become composers, contributing to the development of classical music.
Musical composition can improve logic, concentration and focus. By bringing composition back into mainstream music education, we can enhance the musical lives of ourselves, our students and of future musicians and performers.