Citation: Pitts, S. (2005, October 4). Twenty-nine world premiers in two
hours: The story of Powerplus. International Journal of Education & the Arts,
6(11). Retrieved [date] from http://www.ijea.org/v6n11/.
This article considers the effectiveness and implications of the
Powerplus composing project, in which teenage students were asked to
write for a chamber ensemble in preparation for a public concert of
their work. The perspectives of all participants are considered, with a
view to understanding i) the developing identities of young
composers, ii) the effects of combining the musical expertise of
players, teachers and students in the project, and iii) the expectations
and attitudes of audience members attending the final concert.
Empirical data from questionnaires, interviews and observations are
used to analyse the attitudes and experiences of participants, revealing
a high level of support for the project and for the value of composing
in music education. The implications of the project for future
research and practice are considered, and suggestions are made for
strengthening the professional networks which could better
contribute to young peoplesí development as composers.