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Music Composition Guidelines

  • Turn in the work and entry form to your electives or language arts teacher
  • Bring in work and entry form to the Media Center before school on Wednesday, October 13, Thursday, October 14, or Friday, October 15
  • Upload art to your category's Dropbox ( and bring your entry form to the Media Center before school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday


Music Composition Guidelines 

MUSIC COMPOSITION is the process of creating a new piece of music. The composer (student submitting entry) isa person who expresses their own thoughts and ideas through the use of sound. The student composer may submitan entry performed by an individual or group and/or make use of a sound library generated performance of a composed score. Student composers are not required to perform their composition, but a recording of the composition must be included. Middle and high school grade divisions must include music score/notation, either traditional or tablature, or a written reflective statement that provides a musically technical explanation of how the music was created (100 words or less).

Reflect on the 2021-2022 Theme: I Will Change the World By…

Consider the following musical styles and instruments to portray your original composition: A Cappella,Blues, Choral, Country, Electronic, Hip hop, Jazz, Latin, Musical, Orchestral, Pop, R&B, Religious, Rock,Symphonic/Concert Band and Traditional.

All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted. Software may be used to produce an audiorecording. Entries containing algorithmic composition techniques are not accepted. An explanation of the origin ofthe music and/or the significance of the music style might be a useful addition to the artist statement when submitting a music composition that involves traditional, cultural or regional instruments. Whether an entry displaysformal composition technique or a simple approach, it will   be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity.

Suggestions for Audio Quality:

  • Do not place the recording device on top of an instrument(s) or speakers.
  • Turn off all noise-making devices in the room (air conditioners, fans, telephones, etc.).
  • Record a short test and listen to it. If needed, change the record volume or microphone location.
  • Make sure the music is audible on the recording.
  • Allow for two seconds of silence at the beginning and end of your recording.
  • Notation is required for the middle and high school divisions. Accepted notations/scores: traditional or tablature music score/notation or a written reflective statement that provides a musically technical explanation of how the music was created (100 words or less).
  • Accepted file types include PDF.
  • Notation software may be used to create a score.
  • Whether the score is hand-written or computer-generated, appropriate instrumentation and voicing arerequired for the performance.

Notation & Score: (Middle School & High School Divisions Only)

Copyright: Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified.

Submission Requirements:

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.
  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only.
  • Audio recording must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 1,000 MB (1,000 megabyte) in file size.
  • Accepted audio file formats include: MP3 and WAV.
  • If necessary, label CD/DVD/flash drive with title of artwork, arts category and division.
  • Submit entry and student entry form to your PTA Reflections Chair.


All participants must also follow Official Rules for Participation