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Overview

The Young Composers Project (YCP) supports Maryland music educators in their efforts to incorporate the National Standards for Music Education and the Maryland State Music Standards in their classrooms and rehearsals.

 

YCP is designed to encourage and enhance the instructional experiences of Maryland school students and music educators through providing professional critiques, enhanced recognition and selected presentations for the ongoing creative work of students in Maryland schools.

​Call for Compositions

​Each year, MMEA provides composition assessment and feedback through its Call for Compositions. The Call for Compositions is not a competition, but rather an opportunity for students to receive personal feedback about their compositions. The compositions are reviewed by a panel of professional musicians. Each student receives a written evaluation of their piece and a certificate of participation. In addition, some compositions will be selected for an end of year virtual performance opportunity. 

​Eligibility

​The Young Composers Project eligibility rules are as follows:

  • Young Composers is open to all Maryland students enrolled in music classes/lessons, grades PK-12.

  • Each student must have their music educator certify eligibility. 

  • Music educators do not need to be a member of MMEA/NAfME in order to participate. 

Solo Submissions: The caregiver submitting the audition will enter an email address for the student’s music educator. Each educator will be contacted by MMEA to certify the student’s eligibility. 

Submission Window

Submissions open on December 1 and close on April 1 at 11:59am (before noon) each academic year. Submission forms will be available beginning December 1.

​​Submission Requirements​

  1. Submissions will only be accepted through the online submission platform. 

  2. Create a free account in the online audition platform, or sign in to an existing account

  3. Record the student composition.  LABEL the file for easy reference.

  4. Complete the online submission form and upload the student composition recording and accompanying required documents. Submissions cannot be accepted without a recording. 

  5. There is no fee for submitting compositions to the Young Composers Project.

Upon successful submission of a composition, an automated confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account. Please forward the confirmation message to the student’s music educator and save a copy for your records.

In order to maintain the integrity of the “blind” audition process, all applications will remain “In Progress” for the entire audition and acceptance process.   

​Educator and Student Resources

Suggestions for Students and Educators

Sample Lesson

Sample Lesson - When Art and Music Collide

ACOUSTIC COMPOSITIONS

  • Compositions must not exceed five (5) minutes in duration.

  • Works may be composed by an individual student, group/ensemble, or entire class.

  • Compositions may be written for solo, small, or large ensembles.

  • Plagiarism of copyrighted material is illegal.  It is the responsibility of the student and sponsor teacher to ensure that the music submitted has not infringed upon an existing copyright.  Arrangements of public domain works will be accepted.

  • Each applicant may submit a maximum of two compositions, and each composition requires a separate application.

Acoustic Compositions Documents

ELECTRONIC COMPOSITIONS

  • Compositions must not exceed five (5) minutes in duration.

  • Works may be composed by an individual student, group, or entire class.

  • Compositions should be created electronically, and students may use the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) of their choice.  Examples include Ableton Live, ProTools, Logic, Reason, and FL Studio.  Students may also use any web-based DAW as long as it allows for exporting .wav or .aiff files.

  • Both hardware and software instruments are acceptable for use in the production.

  • Vocal and/or acoustic instruments may be combined with electronic instruments.

  • Students may produce compositions in any genre (Experimental, EDM, Pop, Hip Hop, Trap, etc.) of their choice; however, at this time, remixes will not be accepted.

  • The use of legally obtained loops and samples is permitted, but it is strongly encouraged that students re-work this material in some way (such as chopping and/or using DSP functions).

  • Plagiarism of copyrighted material is illegal.  It is the responsibility of the student and sponsor teacher to ensure that the music submitted has not infringed upon an existing copyright.  Arrangements of public domain works will be accepted.

  • Each applicant may submit a maximum of two compositions, and each composition requires a separate application.

Electronic Compositions Documents

 


STUDENT SONGWRITER SUBMISSIONS

  • Compositions must not exceed five (5) minutes in duration.

  • Works may be composed by an individual student, group, or entire class.

  • Students are encouraged to submit an original song from any popular music genre.  (Art songs and Jazz songs should be submitted to the Acoustic category.)

  • Complete submissions include an audio recording and a lyric sheet.  Lead sheets are not required, but are accepted.

  • Plagiarism of copyrighted material is illegal.  It is the responsibility of the student and sponsor teacher to ensure that the music submitted has not infringed upon an existing copyright.  Arrangements of public domain works will be accepted.

  • Each applicant may submit a maximum of two compositions, and each composition requires a separate application.

 

Student Songwriter Documents

​All Composition Requirements

  • Student/Ensemble Name

  • Music Educator Name

  • Music Educator Email

  • School/Organization

  • School/Organization County

  • Title of Composition

  • Acoustic Only - PDF of Musical Score (notation program or handwritten)

  • Electronic Only - Screenshots of DAW sequencer window

  • Songwriter Only - Lyric Sheet or Lead Sheet

  • Student Composer Statement (secondary) or Storyboard (elementary)

  • Teacher Narrative

  • Audio Recording:  .mov, .avi., .mp4., .wav formats accepted

  • Media Release (check box)

  • Caregiver/Applicant E-Signature

  • Caregiver/Applicant Email

  • Caregiver/Applicant Phone

Adjudicators, Evaluation Rubric, Certificates

Each audition is evaluated by three (3) MMEA adjudicators. The only information the adjudicators see in the submission process is the grade, required composition documents, and audio recording.

12/1/2022 - To best serve the needs of the students and the educational goals of this program, the review rubric and process are currently being re-evaluated. A new process will be posted after the first of the year.

​All evaluations will be released to the student's music educator. All certificates will be emailed to the caregiver.

 

 

Submission Form 

 

 

 

​Questions & Communication

To help facilitate this virtual process, caregivers or students may need to communicate with MMEA staff for questions and support. We ask that the student’s music educator be copied on all messages to MMEA to assure transparency and accurate communication. MMEA staff will extend the same courtesy in the event staff needs to communicate with caregivers.

Please contact MMEA Staff at mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com with questions.