I bring imagination to life
Composition can be a great deal of fun. So after you have mastered some basics in music like chord progressions, scales, and a few other topics, you can begin to compose your own music. Composing music can be a great deal of fun, and is something uniquely yours that you can share with others. It is one of the most authentic ways to share your musical ideas. Below is a fun little arrangement I did of Jingle "Boogie." (Jingle Bells). This arrangement is a basic composition/improvisation on the I-IV-V chords that are taught at an early stage at Music Pillars.
teach theory in an applied manner
Of course, at Music Pillars - we teach composition through music that the student can get excited about. In this way, they learn it through a pursuit of chasing something they want to create rather than "checking boxes" on how to compose in some abstract busy-work kind of way, which is unfortunately too common. Composition can begin quite early as a musician. Unlike improvisation, which requires a more thorough mastery of Theory and Audiation; composition can be started by a young student after understanding just a few Theory concepts.
Compositions should be shared
Just like the way to get better as a performer is to perform often, the way to become better at composing music, is to compose a lot of it. Because there is so much to fit into a 30 minute lesson, we reserve composition as a topic for intermediate-advanced students that are taking 45-60 minute lessons. Students can and do perform their compositions at our Friday Fests, for the enjoyment of all. We cannot overstate how valuable it is to record compositions, despite how "unfinished" the student may think that it is. Writing music is a process, not a destination, and having recording "mile-posts" along the way is a very valuable thing for both the student and teacher.