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12 February 2015

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Use the Copying Technique to Study Composition

If you have ever spent some time in an art museum, you may have noticed an art student with a […]

07 January 2015

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On Being Fully Committed With Your Music

Photo by Ed Schipul Occasionally I teach private lessons in composition, which it turns out is one of the best ways […]

06 October 2014

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Compose Faster By Breaking Up Your Writing Sessions

It seems counterintuitive, but one of the most effective ways I’ve found for writing music quickly is to break my […]

25 February 2013

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Applying the idea of Forward Writing to Composing Music

I was recently inspired by a post I stumbled upon about the concept of forward writing. I’ve read several books […]

06 August 2012

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SCOREcast: How to Create Tension with Climbing Scales

My latest article for SCOREcast Online has been released: How to Create Tension with Climbing Scales “Among the many primary […]

23 July 2012

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What James Horner’s Score to Braveheart Teaches Us

My newest and currently favorite article for ComposerFocus.com has been published online: What James Horner’s Score to Braveheart Teaches Us […]

04 June 2012

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New on SCOREcast: Value Studies

My newest article for SCOREcast is now online: Value Studies: A Painter’s Technique for Composers Initially inspired by my good […]

21 May 2012

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Composing With Space in Mind

An aspect of composing that I still have an admittedly difficult time with is leaving appropriate amounts of space. By this […]

14 May 2012

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The Creative Process

There is a fantastic article from Sam McNerney over at creativitypost.com called “Produce First, Sharpen Second: What Dylan’s Vomit Teaches […]

30 April 2012

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Starting by Planning or by Improvising?

This is almost less of a post and more of a question to the community: Do you tend to start […]

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