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04 December 2017

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Common Problems Many Students Share

Photo by Pleuntje Over the years I have taught aspiring composers across every range of education and skill level. Even […]

09 October 2017

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Why Are We Afraid of Silence?

Photo by Dawid Huczyński Although I mostly speak for myself, after working with many students over the years I know […]

25 September 2017

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On Forward Momentum in Music

Photo by 夏天 Or, The Obvious Way to Maintain Suspense. Tension and release is a basic fundamental of composing music. […]

21 August 2017

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“Writing Tools” by Roy Peter Clark

There are not many good books on writing music. Plenty of writers have tried, but almost every one I’ve read […]

07 August 2017

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Good Film Music is Not the Same as Good Music

Photo by Simon Zirkunow I focus on writing good music with my students. We work on motivic development, form, orchestration, […]

24 July 2017

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The Art of Poetry Is to Not Say Everything

Photo by Kai C. Schwarzer I recently discovered a lovely Latin quote: Ars poetica est non omnia dicere. It roughly […]

03 April 2017

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How I Get Unstuck and Avoid Writer’s Block

photo by Daniel Farr If you’ve read a decent amount of my posts on this site, you know that I’ve […]

20 March 2017

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If You Only Study One Thing in Music

Photo by Red Junasun Studying composition is a ton of work. There are innumerable subjects within the overall category of […]

13 February 2017

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“Creative Orchestration” by George Fredric McKay

Not long ago I discussed a quote from the introduction to one of my favorite books on musical form, Musical […]

09 January 2017

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The Easiest Way to Write Is by Forcing Constraints

Photo by clement127 “Writer’s block” is not just for authors. Although I’ve never heard the phrase “composer’s block” before, anyone […]

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