Yearly Archives: 2019

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Jun 29 6/29/19

What It’s Really Like Being LGBT+ in the Arts

By | 2019-06-30T00:33:08+00:00 June 29th, 2019|The Composer Life, All Things Educator, Real Talk|

  Pride month—one of my favorite months of the year—is coming to a close. It’s been, as always, a delightful chance for my LGBT+ friends and me to celebrate who we are, be more open about our usual selves, and in some cases even come out for the first time. Though there are still many people out there who would rather have us not exist, and the fight against discrimination both legally and in everyday life is far from over, we have come a very, very long way since the dawn of the new millennium. And I’m excited to play [...]

Jan 31 1/31/19

Think That’s “Not Music”? Take a Lesson from Marmite.

By | 2019-01-31T01:57:59+00:00 January 31st, 2019|The Composer Life, Let's Pretend I'm a Philosopher, Real Talk|

  The other day I was searching for music to use for my fundamentals class' composition evaluations this semester. Basically, throughout the semester I give them links to ten different pieces on YouTube (ranging from medieval to modern) and ask them to write about the different elements of at least one of them. It's a fun project, and I intentionally try to find things they haven't necessarily encountered before. Some of the pieces they love (Shostakovich's Symphony no. 11 is quite popular), while some they're almost guaranteed to dislike (Messiaen's Apparition de l'Eglise eternelle has few instant fans) and yet others divide the [...]