About YCIW's Music Composition as Experience

It's Not a Course, but a Learning Community

Matt McLean has been exploring the ideas embodied in Music Composition as Experience -MCE in his teaching for the past 20 years. At the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin HS for the last 7. In 2010 he founded the Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop as a way to create a community in which his students could explore music composition. The vision for YCIW is to be a "community of composers" consisting of teachers, composers and musicians. Together the community uses the web as a platform to support the creation and performance of student's original compositions. YCIW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to this mission. YCIW took part in Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) to explore ways of building an online community of learners and MCE was born. Anyone can join the MCE community, where like-minded teachers and learners from around the world can share their ideas about progressive teaching practices driven by technology. We have designed the MCE experience so that anyone (like you!) can join the community at any time. MCE has online seminars, suggested readings, and hands-on activities, but you can go through this material at your own pace or join a cohort. All of our materials are available to anyone with a computer and internet access! No sign-up required.

The Web is the Platform

Rather than hosting everything in one central platform, we utilize off-the-shelf, open-source software like Unhangout, Mechanical MOOC, and Discourse to create the most open and collaborative community possible. We hope to model a learning environment that is easy for anybody to replicate.

A Big Experiment

YCIW's Music Composition as Experience is a big experiment. We plan to continue to tinker with the community format and explore new tools for sharing ideas and supporting discussions. We hope you will continue to tinker with us and jump in as collaborators. Things might break, but we are committed to fixing them, and we invite you to break and fix things with us!

The MCE Team

Robinson McClellan is a professional composer and educator who is actively exploring the intersection of technology and music composition instruction at theKaufman Center's Special Music School andRutgers University. Alex Ruthmann is Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Technology at New York University where he researches, teaches, and develops technologies for music learning, making and teaching. Alex is the founding director of NYU's Music Experience Design Lab which researchs, designs and incubates new technologies and experiences for music making, learning and engagement together with industry and community partners.

The MCE community has received a tremendous amount of help from P2PU's Dirk Uys and LREI's Mark Silberberg The MCE community platform is based on similar work done by Learning Creative Learning at the MIT Media Lab as well as MusEdLab's Play With Your Music.

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