Compose Yourself for High School Students

Click here for details on our August 2017 Summer Composers Intensive for students in grades 8 through 12

Compose Yourself for high school students is designed to give student composers intensive, practical, hands-on instruction in the craft and art of music composition. All styles and genres are welcome and all lessons are taught by ACO Education Director, Kevin James. In addition to lessons the package includes free access to ACO dress rehearsals and readings of your works by ACO musicians.

All lessons are in a small group format of 2 or 3 students. Lessons with 2 students are 1 hour in duration. Lessons with 3 students are 90 minutes. The fee for this program is $50 per lesson. Participants must purchase a package of six lessons at a time. (Scholarships are available in cases of need) 

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This will open an email message to our Education Director, Kevin James. Once this email is received by Kevin, he will be in touch to finalize your registration and help you get your lessons started. For information on pricing, program details, and teachers please use the links above. You’ll be asked to include the following information in the body of your registration email:

1. Full name
2. Address
3. Parent’s name
4. Parent’s email
5. Parent’s cell phone
6. Student’s email
7. Student’s cell phone
8. Best method and times that you can be reached
9. Best availability for lesson times
10. School you attend
11. Your year in school
12. Your age
13. Specific interests that you’d like to address in your lessons

Most lessons are currently scheduled on Saturdays. Please note in your email if Saturdays are not possible for you. For more information contact: Kevin James, Director of Education, 212-977-8495, x252,