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For more than a decade, the music department at Platt has worked annually with Dr. Carter Pann (a composition professor in the CU College of Music) to commission a young composer at CU to write a piece of music for our band, choir, and orchestra students.  The piece is always written utilizing lyrics and melodic ideas that the middle school students create. 

The process usually begins in August with students learning about writing basic melodies and lyrics. We host a forum with the composer where students share their work and then the composer for the year writes a fully-orchestrated composition that receives its world-premiere at a fall, collaborative concert featuring band, choir, and orchestra.

Students working with composer Nevin Platt

Meet our Music Teachers

Karen Hannahoe

Teacher, Choir, Show Choir & Music Tech

David Schumm

Teacher, Orchestra

Caleb Starbuck

Teacher, Band & Design Tech

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Music Courses

The Boulder Valley Music Curriculum provides the foundation for quality music instruction for students and represents the core program for which all schools are accountable. The Boulder Valley Academic Standards in music are the topical organization of the concepts and skills all Colorado students should know and be able to do throughout their preschool through twelfth-grade experience.

1. Expression of Music - The expression of music is the demonstration of human thought and emotion through the medium of performance, which is a product of knowledge and skills gained in the study of music.

2. Creation of Music - The creation of music is the demonstration of learned skills in the composition, improvisation, and arranging of music. Creating music involves writing music, fashioning new music from an existing piece of music, or forming an entirely new piece of music.

3. Theory of Music - The theory of music is the understanding of the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. Investigation of music theory allows for a more complete understanding of all aspects of the musical process, including musical performance and composition.

4. Aesthetic Valuation of Music - The value of music focuses on the knowledge needed to make an informed evaluation and to provide a well-thought-out critique about a musical piece. It also addresses the beauty, heart, and soul: the aesthetics of music. Valuing music will permit individuals to distinguish between a scholarly and an individual judgment of music.