Creating Music At A Young Age

Anna Pikarska ‘22, looks to inspire change in music education through a children’s book.

I am so thankful to the CGSG and the Workman fund for providing the support for my project which I have started during D-term. I’ve just finished the draft of my children’s book that explains music theory basics through a fun story, allowing readers to create their own melodies. When I was younger, I remember constantly hearing that improvisation is so difficult that children cannot possibly start trying to create music. With my book, I want to challenge this belief by introducing children with some musical background to the improvisation and composition for beginners so that they can think of their pianos as instruments to share their own ideas with the world. I connect musical concepts to simple mathematics so that it is easier to understand how everything is organized.

My goal is to distribute the book in Ukrainian music schools and change the principal of music education in my home country, and this dream would never become a reality without the support of a CGSC grant.

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