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Canadian composer presents workshops Nov. 16-17

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The P.E.I. Registered Music Teachers’ Association is offering a number of workshops for teachers and students later this month with Canadian composer Christine Donkin.

The award-winning composer, whose music is promoted by several publishers, appears regularly within Royal Conservatory curriculum. Workshops will be held at the Steel Recital Hall (UPEI campus) on Nov. 16-17.

The first workshop, specifically designed for music teachers, aims to assist instructors who hope to encourage their students to compose music. Topics covered include: the inspiration process, the composition process, and the notation process. It takes place on Nov. 16, 7-8:30. Admission is $20.

The other workshops are designed for students at the elementary and intermediate/advance level. Participants will learn what it's like to be a professional composer, with topics including open-minded listening, creative activities, giving positive and constructive feedback, and working together to compose a piece of music. With a focus on the enjoyment of collaboration and non-competitive teamwork, this workshop will engage both experienced student composers and those who are just curious about how music is created. The elementary session is Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; admission is $10. The intermediate/advance session is 1:30-3 p.m.; admission is $15.

These workshops are open to all music students and teachers. To register, contact Joyce Hein at teacherjoyce@joyfulmelodies.ca or 902-964-0003. Teachers should send a list of participating students, including instrument studied and RCM level (if applicable).

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