Professional Development for Teachers

Summer Information - Registration Open Now - July 17-21, 2017

Last summer's courses at  Lyndon State were a blast and we'll return there again this summer. - Lyndon State College has a beautiful campus with comfortable single room housing in suites for six and delicious cafeteria meals. NEK was listed in 2006 by National Geographic Society as one of the most desirable place to visit in the country and the ninth most desirable place to visit in the world. Make this your summer study location! Join us for five full days of coursework and optional evening activities. Make your summer study a personal retreat. Stay and study on campus. Live and learn together with music educators from all over Vermont and beyond.

Two separate courses offered, both three credits each with 3 graduate credits through Castleton University or as workshop credit only.

NEW - Composing for Piano

Opus 29 includes the opportunity to write for piano. Learn more here!

Erik Nielsen, our Senior Mentor,  has created a podcast to guide students in composing for the piano.

Listen here to the full podcast and view the Score Examples below as you listen.


Piano Range

Writing for Piano Main Points

Podcast Text Transcript from the audio file

Score Examples

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Student Summer Opportunities - 2017

Summer Workshop for Student Composers - July 24 - 28, 2017 - 1-4 pm daily

Registration limited - only 2 spots left! Register now.

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 in grades 6-12 with some previous experience, although Music-COMP membership is not required. Erik will guide each student as they explore various composition skills and techniques to develop works suitable for live performance. A goal of the week is a reading/workshop and recording session with professional instrumentalists.JustinGates Eriksummer12

Dates: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2017 from 1-4 pm to be held at Montpelier High School, VT. These half day workshop sessions will guide students to create compositions for performance. Read more information and register HERE. Space limited, so register now.

Cost: $245 for the session. Deposit of $50 required with registration, balance due at first class. Register here.Bring a laptop or device or rent a MHS computer for the session for $30.

Summer Online Mentoring available May 22nd - 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

Perspectives in Music Composition - Podcasts

This audio recording series, Perspectives in Music Composition, was conceived as an additional resource for members of the Vermont MIDI Project and the Connecticut Composition Project by Richard Wells, Sandi MacLeod and Erik Nielsen. We gladly share them with any teacher or student interested in learning more about music composition. Rich is coordinator of the CCP and audio engineer for the series below.


21 lessons in Music Composition here.