Composer Nick DiBerardino Workshop at IAA

Nick with Mr. Whitman’s 5th graders.

At the Integrated Arts Academy on Monday morning, composer Nick DiBerardino introduced the artist Kandinsky, William Kraft, the composer of Kandinsky Variations, and the concept of graphic notation. He worked with eac

h of the 5th grade classes, students who have been in LCCMF’s ONE Strings program studying violin since the 3rd grad

Kraft’s score (see photo) says that “RED indicates bright colors,” “BLUE indicates midrange (warm or cool),” and “BLACK indicates dark heavy sounds.”

Using their bodies and small percussion instruments, students worked in small groups to interpret one line of the score. They then performed for the rest of the class.

The results were stunning, each markedly different!

The Q&A to follow included the following quite sophisticated questions for Nick from the students:

  • How long have you been composing?
  • Do you just use graphical notation?
  • What colors do you use with graphical notation?
  • Are other famous composers known for using graphical notation?
  • Do you have any music we could listen to?
  • Have you ever written music to be played with your eyes closed?
  • Have you every written music for any famous musicians?

Nick’s was the first of this year’s visits to IAA by our Young Composer Seminar alums. Alistair Coleman will be visiting the 4th graders in January, and TJ Cole the 3rd graders in April.

Read more about Nick on his website.