SMTA General Meeting: Spinning Out Ideas An Effortless Approach to Teaching Composition

October 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am America/Los Angeles Timezone
Music Center of the Northwest
901 N 96th St
WA 98103

Presentation by Jeffrey Pettijohn, composer

Students of all levels enjoy the idea of creating their own compositions. However, many teachers tend to avoid teaching composition because they find it difficult to convey the delicate balance between structure and freedom when it comes to melodic development.

Join composer Jeffrey Pettijohn as he shares an effortless approach to spinning out pages of compositional development. Learn the tools that will allow you to easily capture the energy of the enthusiastic, but unorganized, composers and give your students a chance to feel the joy and satisfaction of a finished composition.

9:00am Coffee and pastries
9:30am Business
10:00am Presentation


Jeffrey Pettijohn is a composer, pianist, teacher and public speaker. He is a past president of SMTA. Jeffrey has composed over a hundred piano pieces, including three major choral works, and a commissioned piece for the Swedish Women’s chorus. Jeffrey holds a diploma of Instrumental Teaching, Piano from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and a Musikgarten teaching certificate for Family Music. In addition, his education includes the study of piano and composition with David Mesler, Emmy nominated composer and teacher at Seattle Central Community College and Dr. Peter Mack, professor of piano, Cornish College of the Arts. He has also studied jazz piano with Marc Seales, head of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Washington. Jeffrey has performed at Benaroya Hall, Broadway Performance Hall, Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, and Tula’s jazz club.

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