Each student works either alone or with a partner in a station consisting of a computer that is equipped with musical software, a keyboard, a mixer, and headphones.The computer contains a large array of learning resources, such as recorded compositions, songs, music scores, lyrics, articles, photos, and more.
The majority of each lesson is dedicated to individual work and frequently integrates supplemental instruction or explanation. Throughout consequent lessons, students are assigned learning or musical tasks and progress through each according to their abilities.
The initial tasks within the program are small, short, and presented in a structured manner, making it possible for each student to internalize the basic working principles. Future tasks enable each student to exercise increasing freedom in their selections of subject matters and creative procedures.
In addition to controlling the development of such musical components as tempo, melody, harmony, and orchestration, the student in the “composer’s shoes” can also write each of them.
Students save their work along each step of the way and can build onto their compositions with each consecutive lesson.
Occasionally, class “concerts” are held so that students can showcase their compositions.