Nueva School Young Composers Concert!

On April 26, 2018 4th graders from the Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA had 42 original compositions performed by the renowned Friction Quartet. The pieces were created in Ms. Maggie Eggert’s 4th grade music class. The performance was attended by the school community and professionally recorded. Every student grappled with the fundamentals of music – melody, harmony, form, rhythm – to create a unique, musical expression. Congratulations to Ms. Eggert and all of the student composers on their hard work throughout the year that led to this fantastic young composers concert!

Watch the Full Concert

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“At The Nueva School, our motto is “learn by doing.” I was looking for a way to engage students in a process that would allow for differentiation of all levels of students’ musical knowledge and give each student the opportunity to compose music at their own pace. I also love to use technology when it’s appropriate and available, so I went searching for an app, website, or program that would HELP me teach the process of composing in a way that wouldn’t overwhelm. Little did I know, I would be able to find a program that would TEACH students how to compose step-by-step, keep their progress week after week, and give us the opportunity to have our pieces performed by a professional ensemble. It was the “score” of my life!
YCIW has been an incredible experience for the students and myself. This program couldn’t have been a more perfect match – learning by doing, differentiating for all of my levels of musicians, and allowing us to use the latest technology in composing music. Not to mention partnering us with an incredible local ensemble, Friction Quartet. We all learned so much – the students cannot wait for the next group to have the same amazing experience they did!”Ms. Maggie Eggert, teacher