James Mobberley, keynote speaker

Curators’ Distinguished Emeritus Professor
Conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

October 21-22, 2022

Concurrent with the Livewire 12: Flow Festival

Composers often teach composition lessons and classes after completing their education, yet very few receive any training in composition pedagogy. Other musicians may incorporate improvisation, composition, and creative music making into their classes and lessons. Our goal in this symposium is to foster a conversation through sharing ideas and concerns around teaching this uniquely creative musical pursuit.

We welcome composers, teachers, and pedagogues who have been invited to share their techniques and teaching philosophies in a series or papers and workshops designed to begin a national conversation on composition pedagogy.

We strongly encourage you to pre-register for the conference by the priority deadline of October 3 using this form. Due to grant funding there is no registration fee, but knowing attendance numbers will enable us to plan. Each priority registration will include complimentary passes to all Livewire concerts, to be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening that weekend.


 Schedule – Keynote Speaker BioProgramming Committee Bios

Presenter BiosAbstractsTravel and Location


Questions? Email comppedagogy@gmail.com

“Teaching Composition” thanks the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Dean, for a Pedagogy and Teaching grant that enabled this symposium; and Dr. Lisa Cella, Chair of the Music Department, for her support.