About this project:
The Vermont MIDI Project (a 501c3 non-profit organization) has been in existence since 1995. The Project was formed for the express purpose of using new technology in the teaching of music composition in the classroom, with an emphasis on K-12 schools. Participation this year includes 37 schools in Vermont as well as schools in New York, Indiana, Illinois and Virginia. Approximately 7000 students in grades 2-12 currently participate in the program, with more schools & students from around the country being added every year.
Students work individually or in groups to compose music using technology. Teachers in participating schools are trained in teaching music composition in the classroom through a Summer Institute, workshop opportunities, and ongoing support by the Project Coordinator. Students upload compositions to a VMP password-protected website for mentoring by professional composers (www.vtmidi.org/vercom.htm). A dialogue is established online between mentors and students, continuing until the work is finished.
Vermont Governor Shumlin declared 2011 as the year of the Vermont Composer. Our goal is to showcase the talents of selected student composers ages 9-18 in a live concert performed by professional musicians. On April 28th, Opus 22 will feature works of 24 students at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph Vermont.
Our goal is to raise $6,000 to help defray the costs of the professional mentors & the professional musicians who perform the student’s compositions. Your financial contribution will support the payment of our professional mentors and help defray the cost of the professional musicians who perform the student’s compositions. Our goal is a modest $6,000. Our cost to produce these concerts is considerably more than the amount we are trying to raise.
Why should you contribute:
The most powerful argument for supporting the Vermont MIDI Project rests in the power of the creative work our students are doing.The most common reaction we regularly receive from people unfamiliar with the Vermont MIDI Project is that they can't believe that elementary, middle, and high school students can write music like this. You can hear a previous Opus concert with student compositions here: Opus 16 concert, but please remember to come back and contribute to our project.
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