We know that young musicians love to compose! We also know it can be hard to get inspiration, so this competition has been designed to get your creative juices flowing. We have selected some videos, all with a different mood and feeling for you to compose a piece of music for.
- Open to everyone from complete beginners to more advanced.
- Open for individuals, bands, groups or choirs of any size – as long as the composition is by a young person.
- Any instrument or style of music (including voice or music production).
- Any length (the short videos below are just for inspiration on the theme of “nature” – you can loop them to make a longer piece).
Closing date – Wednesday 30th June.
What will you win?
The winner will be picked by our panel of judges which includes some of the best musicians in the county.
The winner will have:
- The opportunity to get their piece recorded and filmed in a professional studio.
- Plus BBC Radio Cornwall have offered to play the winner’s track!
You can record your composition yourself, or have it played by a professional musician, if you would prefer to not be in front of the camera. This will then be added to the video clip you’ve chosen and shared on the CornwallMusicServiceTrust.org and MusicEL.org websites, Facebook, and Instagram.
Runners up will also have their pieces attached to the video of their choice and shared.
Free membership of MusicEL – our new eLearning platform.
The winner and 10 runners up will have free access until the end of August. You will be amongst the first to access Cornwall’s ultimate online music learning platform, with videos, tips, and everything you need to take your learning to the next level, whilst working alongside your CMST teacher.
How to enter
- Choose one of the videos in the gallery below.
2. Get creative! Write some music. Any style, any instruments/sounds. Any length, short or long. You don’t have to make it fit the video length (unless you choose to) – the video can loop.
3. Record your music. Recording with a phone is fine. But listen back and check it sounds OK (if it’s too quiet move the phone closer, if it’s distorted move it further away).
4. Once you have done the hard part and created your piece in audio or video format, you just need to email it to [email protected], along with the consent form below (to download the form, click the “File” menu, then “Download”). Don’t forget to say which video your music is written for!
MusicEL courses to help get you started
You may want to compose just for your instrument, or with music apps. Or maybe you’re thinking about writing a song. These courses might help:
Cornish students can subscribe to MusicEL for the discounted rate of £10 (to access all our courses until the end of August) here:
Good Luck and we can’t wait to hear everything you have to offer!
Nature inspires music.
Films to compose music for. Choose one….
Imagination creates reality.Richard Wagner