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19 February 2018

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A Musical Introduction is an Establishing Shot

If you’ve ever watched a sitcom, you’re familiar with the “establishing shot”. It’s that few seconds at the top of […]

02 January 2018

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Happy 2018!

Happy New Year! I’m pumped for 2018 and I hope you are too. Here are a few quick updates on […]

18 December 2017

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Put Your Strongest Ideas at the Beginning

I wrote about Roy Peter Clark’s book “Writing Tools” in a recent post. Although it contains 50 tips for writing […]

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. […]

05 September 2017

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Report vs. Story

Photo by Pascal Recently I mentioned the book Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark. One of the most useful tips […]

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 […]

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