University of South Florida Now Offering Innovative Young Composer's Program


USF Young Composers Program



Course Coordinator: Tyler Kline

High School Students! Do you have a passion for composing original music? If so, check out the new Young Composers Program (YCP) at USF. This program will give you the opportunity to compose for a variety of instruments under the guidance of the YCP instructor Tyler Kline (MM) and USF Composition Professors Paul Reller and Baljinder Sekhon. Hear your original music performed live in the state-of-the-art Barness Recital Hall at the USF School of Music.

USF YCP Program
The USF Composition Program seeks to fill the need for advanced high school students in the Tampa Bay area to learn the craft, skills, and trends of composing acoustic music for the concert hall. The USF Young Composers Program provides the opportunity for students to learn the intricacies of composition and instrumentation in a professional setting and equips students with skills they would not otherwise learn in the typical high school music program. This course is ideal for students who are considering pursing composition at the collegiate level, or for students who have a passion for composing regardless of their career plans. The course curriculum includes the study of instrumentation, orchestration, notation, digital engraving (Finale and Sibelius), modern approaches to form and harmony, and current stylistic trends in composition. All class meetings take place in the state-of-the-art composition lab at the USF School of Music and each student will have a personal workstation with a full range of up-to-date software and hardware. This course caters to students of all different skill levels and each semester concludes with a concert featuring student compositions at the state of the art Lewis and Enid Barness Recital Hall at USF.


Summer 2016 Course Schedule

When: Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm, June 14 - July 28
Where: University of South Florida, USF School of Music Building, MUS 213
First Class: June 14, 2016
Concert: Sunday July 31, 2016 - 4:00pm, USF Barness Recital Hall (dress rehearsal: 2:00pm-3:30pm)
  • Course will meet 15 times per session
  • Each course meeting will be 2 hours
  • Classes will meet every Tuesday and Thursday beginning on June 14, 2016
  • Class will meet 6:00pm-8:00pm at the USF School of Music
  • Class will meet in MUS 213 (USF Composition Lab)
  • Class will not conflict with USF Summer Band Camp
  • End-of-semester concert will take place on Sunday July 31, 2016, 4:00pm, USF School of Music
13 of the courses will be taught by the YCP Instructor Tyler Kline. The 2 remaining courses will be guest taught by USF composition faculty members Paul Reller and Baljinder Sekhon.

Course Objectives
  • Efficiently and effectively sketch your musical ideas
  • Learn techniques of musical transformation and variation
  • Learn of exciting opportunities for young composers
  • Begin the study of orchestration and instrumentation
  • Professionally notate and electronically engrave your music
  • Hear your piece performed on the Young Composers Program Showcase concert in Barness Recital Hall
  • Obtain a recording of your piece

Course Requirements

This course is designed for juniors and seniors in high school. The following skills are necessary to enter this course.
  • Ability to read music
  • Ability to notate music on a staff by hand
  • Students should have at least 2 years of performance experience on their instrument
  • Basic computer familiarity is required

Required Textbooks and Materials

Tuition Rate

Young Composers Program tuition is $350.00 per semester (15 2-hour classes)
  • It will be significantly more cost effective for high school students to enroll in this course than the option of taking private lessons.
  • This 2-hour course meets 15 times per semester. With 30 hours of meeting time, the cost is approximately $11.66 per hour.
  • The average private composition lesson costs $50.00 per one-hour lesson.
  • Full tuition is paid 1 week before semester begins (Summer 2016 tuition due Tuesday June 7).

Registration Procedure

Course seating is limited to the first 20 registrants. 
Summer 2016 Registration Deadline: Tuesday June 7, 2016

Two-Step Registration:

1. Submit online registration form to secure your spot in the course:
2. Pay registration fee online when email for registration payment is received (Tuesday June 7, 2016).

Meet the Instructor

Tyler Kline (MM) is a composer and performer currently based in Tampa, FL. His music has been performed across the United States and internationally in Brazil and Romania. His compositional interests encompass a wide variety of styles and mediums, from acoustic chamber and large ensemble to electronic/electroacoustic works. His works have been presented at various festivals and conferences and by a variety of ensembles, including the Atlantic Music Festival, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra (KY), International Computer Music Conference, National Association of Composers/USA Conference, Midwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, National Flute Association Conference, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and the Southeastern ComposersLeague Forum. He received his Masters of Music in Composition from the University of South Florida, and currently serves as adjunct faculty at USF.

Two courses per semester will be guest taught by USF composition faculty members Paul Rellerand Baljinder Sekhon.


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