Nov 3 11/3/17

No, You’ll Never Use This… And That’s Okay!

By | 2017-12-21T19:09:18+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|All Things Educator, Let's Pretend I'm a Philosopher|

This semester I'm teaching two separate sets of classes at the University of Miami: Fundamentals for music minor and musical theatre majors, and aural skills for freshmen and sophomores. Now, for those of you who aren't familiar with the way the Frost School of Music at UM handles music theory, we have a slightly different approach than most traditional institutions. The Experiential Music Curriculum here heavily incorporates things like composition, improvisation, and small ensemble playing in courses so that every lesson gets put into a context where the student is actively playing their instrument. It's a great system that I [...]

Oct 29 10/29/17

Ten Things You Should Do if You Want to Write Choral Music

By | 2018-02-01T21:44:18+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Tips and Tricks, The Composer Life|

Throughout my entire composing duration, I’ve always found my experiences writing for choir to be my most gratifying—and not just from a money-making standpoint. There’s something special about writing for a choir. It’s at once grand and simple, and something about human voices makes both the works themselves and their performances more vulnerable than writing instrumental music. Whenever I need to be reminded how much I love composing, I usually default to writing another choral piece. On multiple occasions, I’ve been approached by a student or peer asking me how to “go about” writing for choir, either in the context [...]