A lifelong passion ...

     "Composition: Finding Your Voice"

For many years, I have enjoyed giving lectures, workshops and masterclasses across the country and overseas.  It has been one wild chapter after another.  Recently, I have taken an interest in the culture and history of Latin American music and American jazz.  And of course, my all-time favorite passion remains the importance of sharing the joy of original composition!

Current lecture topics

Creative Composition in the Studio (60 minutes)

The beauty of musical language meets applied music theory!  Wynn-Anne will demonstrate a streamlined approach to promoting creativity and teaching composition that requires only 3-5 minutes per lesson.  Ranging from lesson one to advanced levels, students can explore new realms of musicality while growing in self-esteem.  

Rossi materials: "Creative Composition Toolbox"

Discover Latin (60 minutes)

Experience the unique characteristics of Latin American music while exploring the history and culture of this part of the world.  Listen to mesmerizing melodies, stimulating polyrhythms and colorful harmonies through Rossi solo and duet repertoire. Discover practical teaching tips, including Latin dance moves!

Rossi materials: "Música Latina", "Música Latina para dos"

Jazzy Notes and Wild Stories (60 minutes)

Jazz history is bursting with colorful characters and rich stories!  Join Wynn-Anne as she takes you on a jazzy journey from ragtime through contemporary jazz.  Using samples from her "Jazzin' Americana" series, she will share educational and entertaining quips which you will want to share with your students.  Experience the meaningful humanity of music through this insightful session.

Rossi materials: "Jazzin' Americana", "Jazzin' Americana for Two"

American Music: Jazz meets Latin (90 minutes)

Wynn-Anne will take us on a journey through two hemispheres of American music!  Investigate the history and culture that led to a metamorphosis which forever changed the face of music.  Discover the differences and similarities between these complimentary styles.  Explore complex rhythms, mesmerizing melodies and rich harmonies mixed with surprising stories and a few dance steps. 

Rossi materials: "Jazzin' Americana", "Jazzin' Americana for Two", "Música Latina", "Música Latina para dos", "Música de Navidad"

Sleepers, Creepers and Leapers (60 minutes)

This is a playful romp through Wynn-Anne's 30 years as a published composer.  Experience a unique take on her rocky road to success while listening to a mixture of sleepers (flops), creepers (slow-to-grow) and leapers (best-sellers). Music is riddled with humor and spirit, particularly from the perspective of a living composer.

Rossi materials: a wide variety, representing three publishers

Muses & Monsters (30 minutes)

The creative life is part magical, part practical.  The inspirations and challenges we encounter are surprisingly universal.  Naming and taming the process is akin to befriending a unicorn.  Wynn-Anne will share a humorous take on her own wild ride as a composer, offering tips on how to feed the muses and laugh at the monsters.

Rossi materials: none.  Just a fun talk!  No piano necessary.

Seeds of Imagination (30 minutes)

At the elementary level, students can explore imagination and learn to compose with improvisation exercises and non-traditional notation. Travel under the sea or create a lion roar to learn about range, articulations and dynamics.  Self-expression becomes a natural part of the musical language.

Rossi materials: "Creative Composition Toolbox"

The Spark of Inspiration (90 minutes)

Inspiration is at the heart of musical passion.  Beginning with self-expression, Wynn-Anne will demonstrate a 3-minute approach for promoting improvisation and composition in the studio.  Then sit back and relax while listening to lively Rossi repertoire.  Walk away with refreshing new ideas to implement in your studio.  Sparks will fly!

Rossi materials: A wild, wide assortment!

Masterclasses

Composition masterclass

Discover important tools for teaching composition as Wynn-Anne interacts with student composers and their original music.  Wynn-Anne has been teaching students to compose for over 30 years, working through camps, group venues and the private studio.  She also offers composition residencies in Minnesota schools and across the United States, encouraging thousands of young musicians to speak music!

Rossi repertoire masterclass

Discover the perspective of the composer,  including the stories behind the music! Wynn-Anne will gently guide each performer through the imagination which fuels her music while offering helpful tips on how to bring it to life in new ways.  Students are called to prepare music of any level, composed by Rossi. 

Combination masterclass

Discover the perspective of the composer.  Wynn-Anne will gently guide each performer through the imagination which fuels her music, offering helpful tips on how to bring it to life in new ways.  Students are called to prepare music of any level, composed by Rossi.  Original student compositions are also encouraged!  

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