Mentoring Program


Composer Name: Tanum Nelson
This is just the base melody.
Grade Level: 8
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Alto Saxophone
Key: A concert
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 111
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 33 Grades 6-8


#1 Lee Heuermann 2018-02-06 15:07
Dear Tanum,

I’m so happy to meet you! I’ll be your mentor for Opus 33 and I’m very excited to get to know you and your music! I’m a composer and performer (voice, piano and flute) and love many kinds of music - classical, jazz, and especially music from India, Africa and Brazil. I live and teach in Berkeley, California. I feel especially exited because right now I am writing to you from Trinidad, which is a small country and island to the south of Venezuela. I am here for their Carnival and to learn more about their wonderful Calypso music. I will return in about 1 week but will be able to receive your music postings here.

I haven’t been able to listen to your piece yet because the Noteflight website is temporarily down, but I will listen as soon as I can. However, I see that you wanted to write for alto saxophone, but that is not one of the instruments that we’re using for the Opus 33 concert. Your instrument choices are:

piano, 2 trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba, 2 percussionists (drum set, xylophone, glockenspiel, small percussion), and four singers (soprano, alto, tenor, bass).

On the Music-COMP website - go to the “Resources” tab, then select “More Resources for Student Composers”.

Check out the “Brass”, “Percussion Using Noteflight”, “Composing for the Pino” and and the “Piano Podcast Here”. After checking these resources out, let me know which instruments you want to compose for.

As we’re getting started working together, please tell me a little about yourself, how you like to spend your time, what are your favorite things in school and out, and how long have you been involved in music and what instrument/s do you play? This will help me get more of a sense of who you are and how that relates to the music you compose.

I can’t wait to see what you do next and great job so far!


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