Creative Composer Camp for Pianists

August 5-9, 2019

Two Sessions Available

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Unleash your creativity and take your musicianship to the next level at Concordia University Chicago's Creative Composer Camp this summer!

Students will learn:

  • How to use music theory such as scales and chord progressions to create original melodies and compositions
  • How to use improvisation to create new musical ideas
  • How to notate musical compositions in both handwritten form and using computer software
  • How to turn songs into electronic music using computer software
  • How to record, perform, and share their original music with the world

Through a diverse array of activities, lessons, and projects, composer and pianist Jonathan Chapman Cook will guide participants to create and share their own original music. Students will learn to notate their music by hand as well as using computer software. 

The creation of electronic music in the computer lab will also be explored. The morning session will focus on traditional classical composition, while the afternoon session will lean towards pop and contemporary styles. The week will culminate in a performance and recording session of students’ original compositions.

Discounted rate available for students who sign up for both sessions. No previous experience composing required. A minimum of two years previous piano lessons is highly recommended.


Composer Camp

Registration is open to 3rd through 12th graders with experience in piano. Minimum two years of piano lessons highly is recommended.


  • $295 per student for morning or afternoon session
  • $495 for the entire day


If a student withdraws prior to the beginning of the session for which tuition has been paid, a full refund will be made; withdrawal after June 10 will result in no refund. Should a full class size fail to materialize, the session will be canceled and a full refund will be made.

Missed Class

No refunds will be given for any missed classes.


Kretzmann Hall Keyboard Lab, Computer Lab, PCPP Classrooms and Practice Rooms will be made available to students.


Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Chapman Cook is a freelance pianist, composer, organist and teacher who has recently moved to Chicago from Lexington, VA, where he lived for seven years. In Lexington, Jonathan held a private studio of 35 students, worked as staff accompanist at Washington and Lee University, and served as organist and music director at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs. He has appeared as a guest artist at the University of Michigan, Washington and Lee University, Garth Newel Music Center, and was presented on the Distinguished Alumni Recital Series at Western Michigan University. Along with his love of the great classical composers, Jonathan is an avid proponent of contemporary music. He enjoys improvising and composing his own music, and spends time working on his project of solar-powered electronic music for yoga under the stage name Jonathan Aidan. Raised in Kalamazoo, MI, Jonathan studied with Jill Christian in high school, Lori Sims and C. Curtis-Smith at Western Michigan University and Christopher Harding at the University of Michigan.

For inquiries please contact Jonathan Cook at

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