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Very Young Composers

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Photo: New York Philharmonic

In addition to making beautiful music, the New York Philharmonic runs a number of afterschool programs that has made it the darling of educators, parents, and children. Today, I’d like to introduce you to the wonderful Very Young Composers program. Students in grades three through eight are introduced to orchestral instruments, and encouraged to write their own music to be played by members of the Philharmonic. I can’t imagine any better way to bring the idea of classical music to young children.

The program makes me long to be a child again. What a wonderful thing it must be to have your creative instincts fostered by such talented adults. And for VYC students who want to keep going, the Philharmonic offers a program called the Composer’s Bridge, which gives them even more opportunities to compose music for the Philharmonic and other events.

Happily, since its inception 24 years ago, the Very Young Composers program has been picked up around the country and the world!

You can follow the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers on the project website and on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also introduce your own kids to classical music using the NY Phil’s Learning at Home program.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

12 thoughts on “Very Young Composers

  1. Never knew about this. My personal choice, more music and less talking. I got a problem. I am no longer a child but this would be a fun thing to do. Those kids were all great. I enjoyed all of it. Keep in mind that some of the great classical music people were not even teens when they started writing their music. Hal

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  2. How wonderful for these young talents.

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  3. What beautiful music from the heart of children. I love each of them. Thank you so much.

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  4. Oh, this is right down my alley! Love it! I went to a young composers night at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix a few years ago. I think it was through the Suzuki method. One of my former elementary general music students was featured. What a wonderful opportunity, to hear something that came out of a child’s imagination played by world-class musicians. Love it.

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  5. Very nice. Happy Cat especially makes me happy!

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