Welcome to Music-Comp

Welcome to Music-COMP, Music Composition Online Mentoring Program. Our mission is to serve students in composition through online mentoring with professional composers and live performances of student work. We provide teachers with professional development  through workshops, courses and online training. Music-COMP also develops and shares resources in composition.

Video Interviews

During Opus 30, students were interviewed to see what they think about writing music, the composition process, Opus events and more.

Thank you to LCATV for all of their help.

How are real musicians different from computer playback?

Thoughts from Nadia Scoppettone, Wayne Alexander, Kaleigh Goulet-McCarthy, Rachel Schwartz, Erin Magill, Malayna Johnson and Eileen Kocherlakota. Music by Ethan Duncan.



Why do you write music?

Thoughts and music from Saigelyn Green and Jonathan DeRoehn
North Country Union High School

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Professional Development for Teachers

Upcoming Online Course Topics and Dates:

March 30 - May 11 - Noteflight: Notation Software in the Cloud

March 30 - May 11 - iPads in Music Classrooms

More information and registration links for Notation and iPads here.

Annual Music and Technology Summer Institute - More information and registration HERE.

Monday, July 20 - Friday July 24, 2015 at Champlain College in Burlington with optional graduate credit through Castleton State College.

First Steps in Music TM - More information and registration HERE.

Monday, July 13- Friday, July 17, 2015 to be held in the Burlington area. Workshop only or graduate credit through Castleton State College.


Student Summer Opportunities - 2015

Summer Workshop for Student Composers - July 20 - 24, 2015 - 1-4 pm daily

Spend a week working with Senior Mentor, Erik Nielsen, and other students with an interest in composing for live performance. This workshop is designed for students with some previous experience, although Music-COMP membership is not required.JustinGates Eriksummer12

Dates: Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24, 2015 from 1-4 pm to be held in Burlington at Burlington High School. These half day workshop sessions will guide students to create compositions for performance. Registration and more information HERE.

Summer Online Mentoring available April 15th - September 15th.

Senior Mentor, Erik Nielsen, and other professional composer mentors will be available for any student interested in using the summer to create new works with the guidance of an online mentor. Summer composition mentoring is $30 for elementary and middle level students and $60 for high school students. This provides for mentoring for one composition from start to finish with no limit to the number of student revisions and online discussion for the one work. The discussion continues through the summer until the student indicates they are finished. Students may submit more than one summer work provided they pay the mentoring fee for each composition.

The fee may be paid online or a check sent to the Music-COMP office at 30 Steeplebush Rd, Essex Junction VT 05452.

Summer Online Mentoring

Alumni Feature

We celebrate the past and current achievements of 25 of our alumni. pic alumni bookThe impetus to reflect with them came as we prepared for Opus 25 held on January 7, 2013. Read their thoughts on participating in Music-COMP, find out what each is doing now, and hear some of their early works.

Periodically, we'll highlight one or two of our alumni. August's Vermont Public Radio Student Showcase Alumni Feature highlighted Matt Podd. We've included Matt's 25for25 alumni page below as well as his twin brother Adam who is also mentioned in the broadcast.

Link to the Vermont Public Radio Classical's feature.

Matt's alumni page and early recordings.

Adam's alumni page and early recordings.

Link to the full publication featuring all 25 alumni or click image.

Featured Alumni and Hometowns:

Alan Beaudry Derby VT
Eve Boltax Montpelier VT
Leon Campos Greensboro VT
Eli Chalmers Montpelier VT
Hannah Chambers Derby Line VT
Nicolas Chlebak Springfield VT
Bob Couture Westfield VT
Andy Gagnon Hardwick VT
Colin Gliech Burlington VT
Benji Goldsmith New York NY
Josh Clinger Lowell VT
Christina Koller Bridport VT
Mavis McNeil Greensboro VT
Joshua Morris St. Albans VT
Morgan Moscati Falls Church VA
Holly Mugford Randolph VT
Adam Podd Newport VT
Matt Podd Newport VT
Kyle Quirion Holland VT
Sam Schiavone Greensboro VT
Moxie Schults Norwich VT
Zach Sheets Norwich VT
Rachael Sherman Montpelier VT
Emily Vigne Monkton VT
Sylvia Woodmansee Westfield VT