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20 May 2014 No Comments
Brandon Nelson has an intriguing blog aimed at composers that we all should subscribe to. The article I would like to direct you to is his recently (5-18-14) published “Filling the Gap: Teaching Young Composers How to Earn a Living.” This article should be downloaded into the brain of every freshman composition major on the first day of school. It’s a brief article, but loaded with common sense. He succinctly touches on Commissions (Networking. Networking. Networking.), Self-Publishing, Commercial Publishing, Contests (check out The Composer’s Site), Recording Sales, Grants, and Scoring for Film/TV/Stage (not much in this category – he admits to having no experience here).
A lot of great information and advice in a small space. Read it today!
17 Jan 2014 No Comments
A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course – a gigantic development in (free) distance education. MOOC courses are often oriented toward science and not so much toward music, but there are interesting offerings out there, even some of interest to composers.
Coursera offers many free college-level music courses, including Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition, Songwriting, and The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color.
Not free, but with a lot of (how-to) courses is Udemy, with offerings such as Music Theory for Electronic Musicians, Learn How to Record and Mix Music, Mixing Music with Logic Pro, Learn How to Remix.
03 Jan 2014 No Comments
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. –Albert Einstein
Every education system on earth has the same hierarchy. Arts are on the bottom. In the arts, music is at the top, dance is at the bottom. As they grow up, we educate them from the waist up. Who are the winners of public education? The purpose seem to be to produce university professors. Typically, they live in their heads. They look on their body as a form of transport for their heads. A way of getting their head to meetings. All educational systems are geared for industrial employment. Don’t do music, you can’t get a job in it. Lots of people think they’re not talented because the thing they’re good in wasn’t valued in school. So many people are graduating from school, degrees are not worth anything. Academic inflation. Intelligence comes in many forms. It is dynamic, interactive, distinct. Creativity comes through connecting diverse disciplines. – Sir Ken Robinson
Without creativity we have no art, no literature, no science, no innovation, no problem solving, no progress. – A.J. Starko, Creativity in the Classroom