Music Composition Official RulesMusic note 

MUSIC COMPOSITION is the process of creating a new piece of music. The composer (student submitting entry) is a person who expresses their own
thoughts and ideas through the use of sound. The student composer may submit an entry performed by an individual or group and/or make use of a sound library generated performance of a composed score. Student composers are not required to perform their composition. Middle and high school grade divisions require music score/tablature/notation, either
traditional or tablature.

Reflect on the 2018-2019 Theme: Heroes Around Me
Consider the following musical styles and instruments to portray your
original composition: A Cappella, Blues, Choral, Country, Electronic, Hip
hop, Jazz, Latin, Musical, Orchestral, Pop, R&B, Religious, Rock,
Symphonic/Concert Band and Traditional.
All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted. Software
may be used to produce an audio recording that does not include
commercially pre-programmed imported MIDI or other source files. Entries
containing algorithmic composition techniques are not accepted. An
explanation of the origin of the music and/or the significance of the music
style might be a useful addition to the artist statement when submitting a
music composition that involves traditional, cultural or regional instruments.
Whether an entry displays formal composition technique or a simple
approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her
artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity.

Suggestions for Audio Quality:

• Do not place the recording device on top of an instrument(s) or speakers.
• Turn off all noise-making devices in the room (air conditioners, fans,
telephones, etc.).
• Record a short test and listen to it. If needed, change the record volume or
microphone location.
• Make sure the music is audible on the recording.
• Allow for two seconds of silence at the beginning and end of your recording.

Notation & Score: (Middle School & High School Divisions Only)

• Music score/tablature/notation in hard copy format is ONLY required for
middle school and high school divisions.
• Notation software may be used to create a score.
• Whether the score is handwritten or computer-generated, appropriate
instrumentation and voicing are required for the performance.
Copyright: Use of copyrighted material is prohibited.