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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. 

 

As such, the Project 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.

To listen to the 2020-2021 submissions

that received full superior ratings, please click here.

Thank you and congratulations to all who participated in this wonderful project!

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, and each student receives a written evaluation of their piece, along with a score and rating. Adjudicators highlight strong points and make positive suggestions for future growth. 

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 member of MMEA/NAfME in order to participate. 

 

Deadlines

 

Submissions open on December 1 and close on April 1 at 11:59pm each academic year. Submission forms will be available beginning December 1.  The link to submit a composition is at the bottom of this page.

Educator and Student Resources

The following links are to documents with suggestions and sample classroom lessons:

Suggestion for Students and Teachers

Sample Lesson

Sample Lesson - When Art & Music Collide Exercise

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

Student Composer Statement Planning Document (secondary) or 

Storyboard (elementary)

Teacher Narrative


Acoustic Submission Requirements

  • Student First and Last Name

  • Music Educator First and Last Name

  • Music Educator Email to certify eligibility

  • School or Organization

  • School or Organization County

  • Title of Composition

  • PDF of Musical Score (notation program or handwritten)

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

  • Teacher Narrative

  • Audio Recording (live performance or electronic realization): .mov, .avi., .mp4., .wav formats accepted

  • Media Release (check box)

  • Caregiver E-Signature - First and Last Name

  • Caregiver Email

  • Caregiver Phone

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 Composer Statement Planning Document (secondary) or 

Storyboard (elementary)

Teacher Narrative

​Electronic Composition Requirements

  • Student First and Last Name

  • Music Educator First and Last Name

  • Music Educator Email to certify eligibility

  • School or Organization

  • School or Organization County

  • Title of Composition

  • Screenshots of DAW sequencer window

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

  • Teacher Narrative

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

  • Media Release (check box)

  • Caregiver E-Signature - First and Last Name

  • Caregiver Email

  • Caregiver Phone

Student Songwriter Compositions

  • 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

Student Composer Statement Planning Document (secondary) or 

Storyboard (elementary)

Teacher Narrative

 

Student Songwriter Requirements

  • Student First and Last Name

  • Music Educator First and Last Name

  • Music Educator Email to certify eligibility

  • School or Organization

  • School or Organization County

  • Title of Composition

  • 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 E-Signature - First and Last Name

  • Caregiver Email

  • Caregiver Phone

Adjudicators and Evaluation Rubric

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

For the full evaluation rubric used for all submission categories, please click here.

All evaluations will be released to the student's music educator. 

Questions and 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.