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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 […]

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 […]

04 November 2016

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“What shall I do next?” – Musical Form

One of the greatest music books I’ve ever read is “Musical Structure and Design” by Cedric T. Davie. I have […]

28 September 2015

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The Only “Right” Method Is The One That Works For You

photo by Paweł Kadysz I’ve been experimenting with MIDI software and DAWs since the mid-1990s. I can still remember my […]

31 August 2015

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Seven Major Moments

photo by Niklas Morberg An interesting rule-of-thumb I read about in an interview with a composer was to try to […]

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