Beginning in 1995, the Vermont MIDI Project fostered a community of music educators, professional composer mentors, music organizations, and pre-service educators who encourage and support music composition for students. Addressing composition in the curriculum for classroom music, theory and composition courses, and instrumental and vocal ensembles is being achieved through a variety of activities. Our name change to Music-COMP took place in July 2012 to explain our purpose through our organization name.
Professional composers and other project participants critique compositions in-progress on a password protected website and make suggestions about possible changes and improvements. This work takes place in a respectful climate with established protocols for this mentoring.
Since April 2000, the Opus live performance events have been sponsored by the program held each winter and spring. The power of live performance by professional musicians has become a driving force for students in Music-COMP. Additionally, teachers also encourage live performance of original compositions in their own schools. Collaborations with performing ensembles that include professional musicians to community and student organizations now commission work from Music-COMP students throughout the year.
Since 1996, the project has provided residential summer institutes where educators compose as well as explore current music and technology topics. One teacher remarked that he had never been asked to compose in his 30-year career. "I have not been able to play (practice or perform) or listen to ANY piece, since the institute, in my old way of doing things. I have been given a new set of ears!”
Music-COMP is a non-profit organization. If you are interested in more information, contact us:
Matt LaRocca, Executive Director
30 Steeplebush Rd.
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452