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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 […]

02 February 2017

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Establishing a Theme in a Feature Film

There is an excellent video on the Sideways YouTube channel called “How Pixar Uses Music to Make You Cry”. In […]

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 […]

15 November 2016

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Measure Minutes Writing, Not Minutes Written

Photo by Mark Morgan There are many examples of famous writers throughout history who set themselves daily writing goals. Usually, […]

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 […]

04 April 2016

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Advice from “Steal Like an Artist”

Photo by fervent-adepte-de-la-mode. Austin Kleon’s little book “Steal Like an Artist” has a lot of great tips about creativity and […]

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