Special to the Journal
Students of Schumpert Music Services recently participated in the 22nd annual Composition Recital on March 8 at the Cultural Activities Center.
The Composition Recital is quite unique in that all students compose their own music and perform, with 41 students participating this year. To Mr. Schumpert’s knowledge, there is no other music studio anywhere that offers a “composition recital” of this nature.
The audience then cast ballots for their favorite categories of the music performed by level of performance choosing which songs were “Most Creative,” “Most Musical” or “Best Overall.” Three prizes in each ability level were awarded for beginning, intermediate, advance and instrumental students with the audience voting to determining the winners.
The requirement for participation is that each student must have their composition completely handwritten on music manuscript paper. At the recital, all compositions are proudly displayed for parents, friends and family to view. The songs included in the recital range from boogies, echo songs, waltzes, minuets, arpeggio songs, storybook songs, humorous songs, as well as more serious, sophisticated, classical style compositions compiled by the more advanced students. Stage props and costumes are occasionally incorporated to add more visual effect and special interest to some of the presentations.
Schumpert Music Studio is directed by Burnie Schumpert, who has been in the Temple/Belton area for more than 22 years providing private music instruction in piano, and guitar. It is Mr. Schumpert’s opinion that “Composition constitutes a practical and effective method for teaching of music theory.”
As a matter of practical application, the piano students may also use their composition piece as one their memorized selections in the Piano Guild Auditions that are held annually at Temple College in May.