Open Composition Challenge
Are you ready to challenge your composition skills?
This program is designed for all composers who are over 18, and would like to develop their creative abilities within a supportive and competitive setting. At the Piano Study Centre, we are interested in pushing the boundaries of contemporary music, promoting the work of emerging composers, and developing new music in relation to other art forms; the program is structured around these goals. Students who complete the program will have the opportunity
to have their work judged by a panel of professors from a variety of universities and academies. Winning students will have their pieces performed to a wider audience within university and professional settings.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to develop your flexibility as a composer and have your music performed to a wider audience, why not enrol?
The program has a three-part structure. Students may take the first part of the program separately if they
wish, but in order to complete the challenge and be entered into the competition, they must complete all three
Students of all abilities are welcomed on the program, but if you wish to improve your piano skills before
starting, we also offer piano tuition at a range of levels.
Beginner pianists (approximately grades 1 – 5) enrol on our courses, more information about which can be found here:
Intermediate (grades 5 –6) and advanced pianists (grades 7 and over) can find information about courses at:
Part One: The Composition Challenge
The first part of the challenge requires students to write a piece of contemporary music. This piece will be
re-worked in different styles in the later stages of the program, but this stage is intended to challenge student’s understanding of contemporary classical music, or contemporary music generally, and their compositional ability. We
encourage students to write a piece which pushes the limits of contemporary music, in order to create something new and exciting. This stage may be considered the foundation for the rest of the program, and students can opt to
receive support from our teaching team or self-support in writing their piece.
Part Two: The Developmental Challenge
The second part invites students to help an audience to understand the student’s piece from a range of perspectives.
To achieve this, students will be asked to develop their piece in relation to another art form (a few suggestions of which are outlined below.) Students may collaborate within their universities, with practitioners of one or more, other
art forms in order to achieve this.
Some examples of mediums students may choose to develop their pieces alongside include: art; dance; film; drama;
literature; speech; photography; mathematics; poetry; literature; computing or other subject of the student’s choosing.
Students will present this work as a performance to our composition teaching team, though there is no obligation
for the composer to personally perform their own work; their piece may be played by another musician if they prefer.
Part Three: The Creativity Challenge
The third part requires students to develop their initial composition in a different musical style, in a way which continues to reflect the original identity of the piece. For example, the piece could be re-worked for a different selection of
instruments, or, according to the principles of another genre, or, in any other way which changes the character of the piece. The re-worked piece will be presented to the teaching team (though again, there is no obligation for composers to perform their own work.). Details will be introduced after enrolment.