Learn the basics of music notation and apply them by composing your own music.
Composer's Toolbox discusses where to find score calls and competitions.
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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.
When it comes to applications for opportunities, score calls, competitions, or any sort of professional development in music (and not in music), you will need strong references and deep connections.
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The funny thing about rejection is that it can be profoundly crippling, but also incredibly uplifting.
Broader thoughts on applying to musical score calls and competitions.
A survey of composition competitions every composer should know.
Composer's Toolbox looks at ASCAP and BMI score calls and competitions.
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This book could occupy all of your time if you wished. It is an essential read for every composer, containing the manual that nearly all great classical composers learned from. Contemporary composers still use it today both as a way to learn and a tool for teaching their students.
Paul Brennan's piece "Swinging on the Playground" is a light, lively, rag-time-inspired work for solo piano.
This submission to the young composer score call brings to mind film music, outer space, romanticism, and the works of Gustav Holst.
This piece features a lilting sense of phrasing, a consistent sense of meter, and a melody that will surely "sing" on a real instrument (the MIDI playback lacks the nuance required to fully experience it).
P.M. Joyce's work "Fairytale" is a well-polished work that would work well in a film score.
Koti Jaddu's submission to the Young Composer Score call reads right out of a book of preludes
Zekai Liu's work Enigma is a racing whirlwind of rhythm and the A blues scale.
"Music is the only way to the transcendent.” But why use music as a tool?
Benjamin Rickevicius's "Saxophone Quartet: Leaving Day" is a charming and well-structured piece, that clearly exists more in the composer's head than in the MIDI realization. The score can be found here, and the MIDI realization, that will sound much better and more fluid in real life, can be found here: The composer clearly has a …