Maestro & Me Week 9

Maestro & Me Blog Week 9

From Artistic Director Gemma Turvey


This week we began finalising each student’s composition. For some this meant working out how their piece was going to end, for others it was practicing joining their various sections together, or coming up with a title for their piece (- not easy!).


It is so rewarding when the cottage is buzzing like this with different sounds and ideas coming from all corners, and excited voices asking me to come and listen to their latest creation. If it were an art class, there would be paint and colour everywhere. Instead, it is splashed with music!


Some of these compositions have been selected for performance with the NPCO at the school’s Music on the Mount concert on Saturday 2nd September. These pieces represent just a snapshot of what has been composed during the program, and I’m so looking forward to the broader community hearing them.


At the conclusion of the Maestro & Me Program, each student will receive a portfolio of their work. This will consist of their manuscript book and listening journal, multiple video clips of their composition process over the weeks, and a CD of all the music we have listened to during the program.


The more time I spend with these students I am convinced of the importance of demystifying the composition and improvisation process at this young age, giving them a kind of artistic autonomy that is as immeasurable as it is invaluable.


About Maestro & Me

Maestro & Me is an initiative of Buninyong Primary School and the NPCO, funded by Creative Victoria’s Artist in Schools Program.

Through Terms 2 and 3 students at Buninyong Primary School Years 3-6 will work with NPCO Artistic Director, pianist/composer Gemma Turvey learning how to improvise and create their own, original compositions! The program will culminate in their Music on the Mount concert in September, showcasing many of their compositions performed by the New Palm Court Orchestra for the broader school community!