Experience Teaching Composition

Bonnie has experience teaching composition to students from age seven through college. Composition seeks to arm students with the tools to unleash their own creativity, and to develop to expand their musical horizons and their own creative ideas.

Composition students are encouraged to expand their creativity through listening and writing in various styles. Numerous students from this studio, from ages 7 through college, have won first- or second-place honors at the Iowa Composers Forum Student Composition Competition. Winning pieces include Fanfare for the Modern Soldier (2015, Thomas Kodron, college division), Mysterious Night (2011, Tess Spesia, elementary division), First Sonatina  (2010, Meg Spesia, middle school division), and Dances Old and New (2009, Danielle Orihuela, high school division).

Danielle working with her ensemble at ICF
Bonnie's student, Tess Spesia, wins 1st place in ICF Elementary Division
Tess receiving honors at ICF

In addition to her graduate degree in composition from Concordia University, Ms. Johansen-Werner’s composition background includes studies with Alice Parker at Singing Brook Farm in Hawley, Massachusetts, and participation in the Song Writers Workshop sponsored by the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church with Marty Haugen as clinician. In addition to her published works, she has numerous pieces that have been performed by choirs and instrumentalists in the midwest.

“Where Are My Friends?”
“Where Are My Friends?”
Festival Psalm 150