I've been encouraging quite a bit of creative composing over the last month and it has yielded some amazing results! Several of my students have risen to the challenge and have been working on and completed some fantastic pieces.
Pianimals so she plays by reading letters only at this point. Because of all the theory I've been working on with her, she knows that eventually she will read notes rather than letters. Here is her version of "My Country Tis of Thee"! Totally adorable!
She sat down to play it for me and although it didn't sound like the version we all know, she play very distinctly, one note at a time! She told me that the very long note at the beginning of the piece meant that she should hold that note longer! Works for me!
I hope you are encouraging composition in your studio as well. I find that my students get very excited to work on their own pieces and the more they do it, the more they come to love it. It's especially exciting for them to take it to another level and perform and record them!