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CHILDREN START COMPOSING USING PIANO BY NUMBER

One of the most rewarding aspects of using Piano by Number is that children readily compose their own original music using the number system.

By my own estimate, one out of two children will become intrigued by the idea of writing their own music when they begin playing with Piano by Number.

The reason for this is that children are comfortable with numbers, so much so that they are moved to try to make up their own music.

Part of this may be because the piano is so user-friendly: all the notes are laid out in front of you, with convenient black and white buttons.

Now, much of this music is nonsense, as is to be expected, but even the stuff that is nonsense serves a purpose. A child who attempts to write music is demonstrating great interest in music and the piano, and any attempt is to be loudly applauded.

I work with them as with real adult composers, discussing variations and concept, title, and all the aspects that a real composing student would experience.

And there are amazing kids out there, for not all that they wrote is nonsense.

MEET THE GENIUSES

I have several 15 year old composers, children who are so taken with writing their own piano music that we study their music and not other composers unless they are interested. Almost all of them resist reading music, in fact, I have noticed that child composers resist this drudgery and want to get to the heart of the the music right away.

I have a 12 year old girl who can barely read music, for various reasons, but who composed a piano concerto, yes, a real concerto type of piece, full of roiling arpeggios and all the bombastic tricks of the period.  You would never guess that this piece was by a 12 year old, for it is real music. She is on her 20th song now, which she works on in between soccer and baseball practices. Anyone who hears her and her compositions is astounded.

I have a five year old autistic boy who hates to read music but does so quite well. His passion is patterns and numbers. He composes occasionally, and his latest work is a real Broadway tune. It makes perfect sense and could easily have been penned by Jerry Herman or Kander and Ebb. It's only four bars long, but it has all the earmarks of musical genius. I say four great bars is a great accomplishment for a five year-old, autistic or not.

I have countless normal, everyday kids who come up to me and say, "I wrote this song." We turn to a page in their note book, and there is written their attempt at a song. Usually there are moments of lucidity where it DOES sound like music, but usually it is random.

The point is to encourage this activity, for several reasons.

First, it is a huge raise in self esteem for a child to write something and have it be appreciated.

Second, writing voluntarily demonstrates that the musical process has penetrated their consciousness far enough that they pour themselves into it.

It's not important how clever the piece is, although those kids that REALLY write something remarkable will never hear the end of it from me, because it IS magical to hear a child write their own music.

It is the nature of the piano, and the ease of the number system, that prompts them to do this. At the piano, there is one key for each note, making it easy to access EVERY sound on the piano, even for a five year-old.

The piano itself almost asks you to make something up, and numbers makes it possible for the child to write it down easily, completing the act of composition.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2010 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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