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Music Outside the LinesIdeas for Composing in K-12 Music Classrooms$
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Maud Hickey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826773.001.0001

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Compositional Prompts

Compositional Prompts

Inspiration and Identity

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(p.62) 4 Compositional Prompts
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Music Outside the Lines
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Maud Hickey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826773.003.0004

This chapter describes the significance of authentic inspiration and compositional identity in music composition. Inspirations may come from real-life emotions such as love, happiness, or sadness; other related arts; one's varying moods; and one's learning different fields of study. Once an individual has discovered his sources of inspiration, he may be able to form his compositional identity. Compositional identity is the unique personality and musical style that can be revealed in a child's compositions. When identity is linked with inspiration, emotions can be real and personal, enabling them to be expressed through music. This chapter then discusses the proper balance of a formed compositional identity and the structured rules required during music composition.

Keywords:   music composition, Music and Inspiration, compositional identity, music education

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