Composers Today

This is a state MTAC-sanctioned program. Student registration for this program is through the state MTAC website. Please visit for more information.

The Composers Today purpose is to foster creativity among students and teachers by encouraging composition and improvisation.

To provide education in the skills of composing and improvising by offering professional feedback, creative ideas and written materials consisting of:

  • Composers Today Syllabus
  • Improvisation Syllabus and Guide
  • Games and Activities for Improvisation
  • 6 levels of student workbooks

To provide incentives for students of composition and improvisation by sponsoring statewide projects and events, each with a specific goal and deadline.

To provide recognition for young musicians through the presentation of certificates, awards, prizes and performance opportunities for their compositions and improvisations.

To offer opportunities and help in developing total musicianship skills in all MTAC students.

There are three annual state-wide projects in Composers Today. Each has a separate performance event.

A non-competitive learning experience where students receive a written response in the form of constructive comments and ratings, from two professional evaluators. Compositions from the Evaluations are selected for performance in one of several State Convention Symposium recitals, based upon the two evaluators’ ratings and performance by the composer on a submitted tape recording.

This competition offers a 1st and 2nd cash prize for each of 8 divisions based on age as of March 30. Two professional adjudicators who provide constructive written comments judge compositions. Winners perform their pieces (or have someone perform them) at the State Convention and receive a certificate and cash prize. Honorable Mention recipients may play at convention and receive a certificate of performance.

The Guild provides a special format for the serious young composers who plan to pursue music composition as a career. Students who have had their work performed at MTAC.

To enroll your child in any one of these valuable programs consult your teacher for complete information.