Who will lead the class?
The project is led by Jon
Deak. He created the concept and has been directing the Very Young
Composers Project for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 15
Co-leaders of the project are Sandy Weyers, Schuyler Gardner, Emily Kiefer, and Brent Platta, veteran
elementary school music teachers in the Stevens Point Area Public School
The administrative director of the project is Robert
Rosen, Professor Emeritus with the UW-Stevens Point Department of Music with
additional assistance from UW-Stevens Point music faculty - Judy
Story, and Patrick Lawrence.
University music majors will provide assistance
functioning as Teaching Artists under the guidance of the project leaders.
What are the Dates and Times?
The classes, for 4th and 5th grade students only,
will be held from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Noel Fine Arts Center at UW-Stevens Point.
Classes will be held three days a week (Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday plus one Friday class on January 9) beginning on January 5, 2015 and run for three weeks ending on
January 26, 2015. The rehearsal of the Young Composer's compositions will be on Sunday January 25, 2015 beginning at 2 p.m. ending at 8 p.m. On that Sunday, each Young Composer will be assigned a 30-minute time window to attend the rehearsal of their composition.
Participating students must attend all three classes
each week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday plus the one Friday class on January 9) from January 5 through January 26 and
the rehearsal on January 25 for a total of 12 classes.
Who Can Enroll for the Class?
- Any 4th or 5th grade
student from any public, private, parochial or home school may register for the
class. Enrollment is limited to 30 students.
- Prior music background is not
required. Only a desire to participate is needed.
- Participating students must
attend all three classes each week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday plus the one Friday class on January 9) from January 5,
2015 through January 26, 2015.
Registration (Enrollment limited to 30 students)
- Registration begins on
October 1, 2014 and ends on November 1, 2014.
- Beginning October 1, parents can
register their child on-line through the UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education and Outreach website or
by printing a registration form that is also available.
- There is a $25 non-refundable
registration fee. The fee will be waived for students who qualify for free or
- As part of the registration, each
student is required to write a brief statement (50 words or less) saying why he
or she would like to participate in this experience.
- There are no other fees to take
- Due to space limitations, parents
are strongly encouraged to find an alternate activity while their child attends
- Registration materials will be
distributed at school and will also be available on line.
- All appropriate and complete
registrations submitted by the registration deadline (November 1) will be accepted on a
first-come, first-served basis.
- A waiting list will be
established for registrations above 30.
Electronic Keyboards Provided
- Each student will be
provided with an electronic keyboard that they will be able to take home for
- The keyboards will be
returned at the conclusion of the four week class except for those students who
continue and expand their compositions for the spring
Parents are asked to call
715-346-2229 if their child will
miss a class due to illness or family emergency. Otherwise attendance is
For more information contact:
Robert Rosen, UWSP Department of Music