‘Muziek raken’ (Touching music) is an educational project about music I developed together with Marloes Bloemenkamp. Day four! Making orchestra's and compositions.
‘Muziek raken’ (Touching music) is an educational project about music I developed together with Marloes Bloemenkamp. She teaches three groups of gifted children in the ages 9-12 from different primary schools in Deventer. Read more (about lesson one and the project in general) in this post.
After a short introduction with tips regarding composition and working together, the children formed groups (orchestra’s) based on their musical instruments. A difficult process, because we first had to decide what selection criteria we could use, which instruments sound well together and what is needed for the group to work.
When the groups were finally formed, they worked out a composition of up to 2 minutes. It was really great to see that many different and creative approaches were used and that the groups played together quite smoothly with the total result in mind. They used their notation systems to memorize their compositions.
However this week I did realize that some of the compositions do need way more time for practice then we actually have left… That is, if you regard the public performance at the end as the most important result of this project. Which it probably isn’t. This is why Marloes and I decided to present some sort of photo journal which makes the whole project more transparent and takes some of the focus off the performance.