“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” Albert Einstein
Our goal is to ensure our students are just as equipped to create their own music through composing and improvising as they are to play music by other people. We run a number of projects throughout the year to develop this.
Composition and improvisation are key aspects of the curriculum at CCPT. We want to equip all of our students with the ability to create their own music and to develop their identity as composers. Each year students work to put together their own compositions to collate into a school Composition Book. Students can compose in any style of their choice and are encouraged to collaborate with other students and teachers, write for instruments other than piano and use technology to record and notate their music. The books are available for students to purchase and the compositions are made available for other students in the school to play.
The summer holidays are a great opportunity to focus on skills we don’t have time to work on in normal lessons. Over the past couple of years we have run workshops on Creative Technology, teaching students how to create their own music using GarageBand, and on the Blues. Most recently, we ran a Grade 5 Theory Summer School, teaching the concepts needed to take the ABRSM Grade 5 theory exam. This summer school proved to be hugely popular with students. Below are some comments from parents and students about the summer schools.
“Amrit really really enjoyed the course. It was a joy to see her up early and raring to go in the mornings, and it was equally wonderful to see her so happy after each day with you at the summer school!”
“After weeks of weddings and busy-ness throughout the summer holidays, I really thought we were going to get some grumpyness going on at the fact that the course was for a full week and the days really long – but it was so pleasant to have quite the opposite!!!! I thank you very much for putting such time and effort into organising the summer school, you and your fellow teachers have certainly done a grand job!”
Each term we spend some time in lessons perfecting and recording students’ favourite pieces and own compositions. Towards Christmas we then turn these recordings into CDs for each student. These CDs serve as a lovely demonstration of the progress students make over the years. Each student is given a copy of their CD for free and other copies are available to buy as Christmas presents for family and friends.