Creative Children Compose Music

All unique submissions get published in the Famous Little Composers Gallery

Who can participate?

Little Composers age 12 and younger.

How much does it cost?
It's free. All of our registered members are welcome to take part.

What do we need to get started?
Just log in and load the Little Composers Piano (premium app).

Do I have to buy this app?
No. It is included in your membership.

How much does a membership cost?
Memberships are free.

What if we need help?
Members can ask us questions as soon as they log in.

How do we upload a composition?
Watch the explainer video which covers composing, editing and uploading your music.

Explainer video
Visit the Little Composers YouTube Channel to watch this video in high resolution.

Tutorial for new composers

If you have a printer, then copy/paste the letters into a text editor and print them out or you can just write them down on a piece of paper.
Then load the app and enter the notes in the same order. To record, touch the MENTOR and RECORD buttons first. Once both buttons are activated, you can play the keys according to what you have printed or written down.

Sample Composition

C C C D | E E E rest | D D D E | C C C rest |
E E E F | G G G rest | F F G F | E D C

Remember that in order enter a rest, you have to touch the REST button in the menu as shown in the video.
When you are done, leave the RECORD and MENTOR buttons pressed for now. Next, touch the first group of notes (left upper corner). The app will zoom in on that group of four notes. Touch the second C once and play the D key on the piano. Touch DONE (menu).
Touch the 3rd group of notes to zoom in again and just like before, touch the second letter and then play the E key once. Press DONE.
Congratulations! You just entered a complete song and made two nice edits.

How to upload this composition
Touch the MENTOR and RECORD buttons to turn them off. Now you can touch the SONG button to bring up a new window where you can see four rows of Xs.
Touch the first row to select it and then touch SAVE located in the menu. Now the app remembers your composition until you overwrite it with another song. To write the music score, simply touch SCORE and watch the notes being written on the screen.
IMPORTANT! If you get a pop-up message from your web browser then you need to allow the app to open a new window. If this was a real composition, then you simply enter your first and last name, email address and touch the UPLOAD button.
Little Composers will receive your child's composition and post it in the Famous Little Composers Gallery

After you and your child recreate this sample composition three times, composing music will become a lot of fun.
Please encourage and praise your child as it learns the art of creating. Creating and playing music has paid huge benefits in many people's lives. Music improves math skills, raises confidence levels and changes lives. Music is, always has been and always will be the skill of all skills for those who discovered it at a young age.

Music theory for Beginners

PARENTS The above video was taken with a slightly older version of the app but the buttons and functions are still the same.

How do we learn the note names?
Touch the MENTOR button to show all the note names on the piano keys. Music notation uses 7 note names which are the same as the first 7 letters of the alphabet A, B, C, D, E, F and G.
After the G, the letters repeat and start again with the A just like the days of the week do. We don't need to memorize 365 different day names. Instead, we just remember 7 and use weeks and months to group them into. Music notes are very similar.

What is a "rest"?
A rest replaces a note with silence. Think of it as "taking a breath". If a composition is made up of only notes, it can sound somewhat unnatural. Rests work well when placed like shown in the video.

What is a "measure"?
A measure is a group of four notes. Look at the display and you will see the patterns of 4 notes jump out at you. Every group of 4 notes is separated by a short vertical line just like real music is.
Every composition which is made with the Little Composers Piano consists of 8 measures. The last measure has only 3 notes in it which automatically makes the last note long. This way, the composition sounds finished.
Getting to know the measures is something you should practice with your child because it helps to quickly pinpoint a specific note. It is much easier to say "the second note in the 7th measure" than saying "the 26th note". Not only would it take a long time to count, it also leaves room for counting errors which is why it's best to refer to notes by measure and position within that measure.

banner image showing a 3D render of the pre piano keyboard