Designing a musical composition as a group has similarities to designing an international space mission. Timing is important, there are multiple, recurrent tasks with complex interdependences, and everyone needs to contribute and communicate their best work. This project asks educators to think differently about group composition, focusing on the methodology by which elements of sound can be combined to produce musical flows. Composing as a group should not be the lowest common denominator of the available materials. It should be the result of each participant's best ideas. Paynter and Aston's Sound and Silence aimed to inspire creativity by proposing extra-musical narratives, geographies, or sounds themselves as a stimulus. Inspiration is invaluable. However, moving from inspiration to realisation - the actual how of composing, can be the most challenging and sometimes isolating part of the process for students of any age, however inspired they might be.
|Title of host publication||Creative and Critical Projects in Classroom Music|
|Subtitle of host publication||Fifty Years of Sound and Silence|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2020|