The ACO Compose Yourself! program is designed to help young composers develop positive approaches to creativity, learn professional standards of notation, and develop strong orchestration technique in a supportive, hands-on environment.
This class is great for high schoolers who are interested in music creation, whether they’ll be attempting their first score, or have already been composing for years, whether they’re writing pop songs, jazz or the next great symphony.
STUDENT INTEREST IN ANY AND ALL GENRES IS WELCOME.
Our THEME for the SPRING Semester will be Composing for Video Games. As always, we’ll continue to expand our exploration of the diversity of approaches that music creators have for communicating their ideas to performers and audiences.
Compose Yourself! classes are taught by ACO Education Director, Kevin James.
Special Note: it is not necessary to be local to New York to participate in Compose Yourself!. During COVID we’ve been able to accommodate students from across the world, and will continue to do so via Hybrid and Zoom classes
This Class is for:
HIGH SCHOOL aged students
Classes will meet:
IF COVID regulations allow, classes will meet at the ACO offices at 409 8th Avenue in Manhattan. Students who are not able to attend in person will continue to able to participate Via ZOOM. You’ll have the opportunity on the registration to note your preference for either in-person or remote classes.
on during the following weeks:
February 5, 12, 19 — March 5, 12 — April 2, 9, 30 — May 14, 28 — June 4, 11
Our reading session is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of June 17-19, specific date/time/location TBD
Days and times
Our classes are scheduled to accommodate our students – they may fall during the week after school or in the early evenings, or on the weekends. So please be thorough when checking your availability on the registration form.
ACO provides access to dress rehearsals and other special events for all of our Compose Yourself! students, including Q&A sessions with our featured composers. This semester that will include a Carnegie Hall concert on Friday March 25 and a concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on May 7.
Students are required to attend ALL sessions.
Although we’re open to, and often explore alternative approaches, students need to be able to read music.
*Scholarships are available. ACO is committed to assuring that all interested students are able to participate, regardless of need. Look for the appropriate check box on the registration form below
Fill out and submit the form below – you’ll need to scroll through this section to see all the questions. When you hit “Submit”, you’ll receive a confirmation that your registration has been received.
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