What makes “good” music? Here’s another thought.


In my continuing quest to define what "good" music is, here is another thought: good music is radical, at least in some small way. Good music doesn't simply rehash old music, old ideas, old tropes.  Good music does not toe the party line.  Good music is not content with the status quo; it is revolutionary …

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Tool #44: Beaming Complex Rhythms


Anyone who has worked with live performers knows that notational accuracy and clarity are incredibly important.  If your notation is unclear, or even not crystal clear (even when indicating indeterminate elements of a composition), valuable rehearsal time is lost and performer morale is lowered.  If you don't take the time to notate specifically and clearly, …

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Time Management – “I don’t have time to make music” (Tool #43)


This post is applicable to many fields, and its focus is actually a skill that I honed when I became more involved in arts administration at The Hartt School Community Division. The issue at hand is that we all are busy.  We balance a million spinning plates and still manage to keep almost all of …

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