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, […]
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.
Failure happens for a reason. And contrary to what you may think, failure can be a good thing. Find out how you can learn to deal with it, and why failure is actually important.
Episode 7 of the Art of Composing Podcast. In this episode, we look at creativity – what it is, how to find it, and how to explore your creative boundaries.
Why It Is Okay to Copy Other Composers (Preferably Public Domain) I am currently listening to the third movement of Mendelssohn’s 5th Symphony, “Reformation”. I have heard some people say that Mendelssohn lost his youthful edginess and his later music just doesn’t reflect the genius of his earlier pieces like the Octet or Midsummer Night’s […]
How to Really Start Improving Your Composing Since I started artofcomposing.com back in August of 2011, I have been searching for different methods, techniques, theory… in fact just about anything that can improve my composing. You Are What You Eat Along the way, I’ve read some great books on psychology and mastery. Influencer: The New […]