Goshen Lane Elementary School fifth-graders learned all about composers when they presented the musical "Compose Yourself" on Nov. 20.

Goshen Lane Elementary School fifth-graders learned all about composers when they presented the musical "Compose Yourself" on Nov. 20.

In the musical, a group of students encounters the giants of the musical field from classical to baroque and romantic to renaissance.

Music teacher Virginia Davis said she selected the show for a number of reasons, including showing famous pieces composers have written and a good script.

"The music is wonderful," she said. "It helped the students learn about composers in a fun way. You don't just read books about it."

Students learned that classical music has good style. They might not listen to the music every day on their MP3 players, but the music is an important part of history that students learned to appreciate, Davis said.

Andrew Belgen played the role of Mozart. He enjoyed getting to conduct.

"It was really fun," he said.

Belgen said performing the musical the first time in front of teachers and students was nerve-wracking. He learned that Mozart composed more than 300 pieces of music.

Tabby Johnson played student No. 5 in the musical. For the musical a group of students is required to write a report on different composers, she said.

"That was a lot of years ago," she said.

Johnson learned that Bach had 20 children. Her favorite part was performing the waltz.

Erin Holloway played Strauss. She learned that he lived from 1825 to 1899.

Shellil Yohannes played student No. 8.

"I didn't know that Beethoven was deaf," she said. "People had to turn him around to see his ovation."

Yohannes' favorite song was "Fugue" because different groups of people got to sing their parts at different times, she said.

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