Music for Young Children’s 30th International Composition Festival had 6,217 MYC students taking part in Canada, the U.S., Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. Compositions are judged within their level in four different regions – Western Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB), Eastern Canada (ON, PQ, NS, NB, PEI, NF), United States, Asia & New Zealand (South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam). The eight first place (eight different age levels) International winners each receive $250.
According to Frances Balodis, MYC Composition Chairperson and founder of Music for Young Children, “Compositions don’t have to be long! Four measures can make a great composition. It’s the motive and how it is creatively handled that makes it. Some interest in the left hand, some variety in the rhythms, some notation about the dynamics and some guidance about the tempo – these are all important.”
Roxanne McGahey, Coordinator for central and eastern United States and guest judge “What was amazing was the caliber of all of the compositions – especially when you keep in mind that many of these children just began lessons in September”.
Approximately 1,000 students sent in their artwork for the Composition Festival sticker and student Sachin Arun Murthy’s artwork was chosen. Sachin is in Sunbeams 2 and a student of Angela Ang in Singapore. Kanata artist Dorothy Hayter enjoys the job of choosing the art for the composition sticker every year.
Roland Canada sponsors the Music for Young Children Composition Festival and provided five Roland pianos. Roland truly demonstrates a dedication to music education through their fine instruments and through their support of this composition festival.
In business for 37 years, Music for Young Children is taught to 24,000 students annually across Canada, the United States, New Zealand, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. For more information phone 800-561-1692 or visit www.myc.com.
We greatly appreciate and recognize our sponsors Roland Canada and Trico evolution.
Janice Reade, Public Relations in Ottawa 613-592-7565.
International Winners 2017