2012 Piano Explorer Composition Contest

   Life in the Ocean

Life in the ocean is colorful and varied, full of amazing sea creatures and plants - small and large fish, crustaceans, jelly fish, majestic mammals, corals, seaweed. Oceans are huge, mysterious, and sometimes cruel; they are home to thousands of species.

Pick part of ocean life that fascinates you and write a musical composition that describes it. You can visit an aquarium, look at photos in books about nature, or watch television shows about ocean life for inspiration. On the back of the music you must write a short description of what your music is about.

Check the rules below and use the tips in the issue to make sure that ideas in your composition are solid and well developed. Good Luck!

Deadline: March 15, 2012

1. You or your teacher must subscribe to Piano Explorer. (Teachers must have a subscription for each student entering the contest - if 3 students enter the contest, for example, you must receive at least 3 copies each month.)  (Go to http://www.instrumentalistmagazine.com/magazinestore/catalog/Piano_Explorer-28-1.html to order or email [email protected])
2. Only solo piano music will be considered.
3. Write your name, age, address, phone number, and teacher's name on the back of the music.
4. All submissions must be postmarked or faxed by the deadline, March 15, 2012. (We are not responsible for pieces that are lost or delayed in the mail.)
5. All compositions must be written by students. (Parents and teachers may help write down the notes.) Music may set in a computer program or handwritten - but it must be legible and free of basic errors. (For example if there should be 4 beats in a measure based on the time signature, an error would be a measure with 3.)
6. Do not quote other pieces of music in your compositions. 
7. Keep a copy of the music for yourself. We cannot return any submissions.
8. Judging is based on creativity, musical ideas, and how well the music applies the contest theme. (We will not discuss the merits of particular pieces with students, parents or teachers.)



Draw a picture to go with the piece. It might appear on the cover!


Send compositions to: Piano Explorer, Composition Contest, 200 Northfield Road, Northfield, Illinois 60093, fax: 847.446.6263.
Questions: email: [email protected]


Good Luck!



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