Jazz musicians can teach composers a thing or two. Especially highly accomplished jazz musicians, such as Bill Evans. In this article, we take a deep dive into the universal mind of Bill Evans. We’ll learn how he thinks about creating, mastery, and teaching. Read More
Part of the difficulty in teaching composition, is that once you become good at composition, you start to lose touch with the learning process. I have always strove to teach from the view point of someone learning. But recently I’ve been reminded about what it’s like to be a beginner. Over the last few weeks, […]
Sometimes, you just don’t have the motivation to compose. Why? Deep down, you know you want to compose, but you can’t pull yourself away from the latest binge on Netflix. In this article, I’ll dig into intrinsic motivation, what it is, what it isn’t, and what you can actually do to improve your motivation for […]
We interview Robert Gjerdingen, author of the book “Music in the Galant Style”. We talk about Partimenti, the tool used to train the greatest composers from Mozart to Debussy and Stravinsky.
Harmony is one of the core elements of music composition, but it can be difficult to get your head wrapped around the subject. In this episode, you’ll learn about the fundamentals of harmony, from we get chords to creating chord progressions.
Orchestration is a tempting thing for any composer. The excitement of conducting your own piece in front of 80-120 players, bringing the audience to tears… it’s hard to beat. But are you ready for it? In this episode, learn about the principles of orchestration.