A list of the best music notation software for beginners.
Why is the music of the 20th century (and beyond) so loved, hated, and controversial?
Composer Matthew Whiteside wrote an article about streaming sales in classical music.
Composer's Toolbox is back to posting!
There are two main ways musicians make a living.
Here are the best handheld recorders available. This list compares features and price, for the best mix of both.
Composer's Toolbox discusses where to find score calls and competitions.
How to compose music: a starter's guide at Composer's Toolbox.
When I tell some people I compose--even some fellow musicians--I hear "I have no idea how anyone can do that" or "I could never do that". The problem is, YES, you can do that.
The funny thing about rejection is that it can be profoundly crippling, but also incredibly uplifting.
A survey of composition competitions every composer should know.
Composer's Toolbox looks at ASCAP and BMI score calls and competitions.
Your go-to guide to score calls and competitions on Composer's Toolbox.
Here is a look at some tools I am currently using as part of my "audio toolbox", and some tools I am looking at myself.
Need help choosing the best software for you? Check out this list of the best music notation software!
Composer Cat loves watching TV... or at least lying in front of it.
If the goal of life is to hike the proverbial mountainside, then do we hike the mountain, or try to stop the flow of the river in the valley below?
An amazing performance of John Prevedini's "Downstream" by the Avery Ensemble.
I'm looking for some feedback on Act I, Scene I of the opera I am writing. Here is the scrolling score video.
Whether it's the top, or in this case, the ground floor, someone loves her cat tower...
The practice of gratitude has helped me get out from under the spell of depression and anxiety.
Good morning from #composercat!
A framework for further study on chord families.
A reader of the blog introduced me to the band Inti Illimani, specifically the album "La Nueva Canción Chilena". They are a protest-era Chilean folk music ensemble.
Hi All, I took a couple days off from posting here to begin work on my newest project. I'm writing an opera, and so I anticipate that it will be taking a lot of time that I usually devote to this blog. No worries, though--I will still be active here! The composing bug has bitten …
Hi All, I have been struggling with the idea of how to become inspired enough to write new material. I have concluded that inspiration does not solely have to come from within; it can be taken from the world at large. This may seem basic to many readers, but as someone who is used to …
#composercat is "hiding"...
Learn the basics of music notation and apply them by composing your own music.