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.
There are two main ways musicians make a living.
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.
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.
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.
Your go-to guide to score calls and competitions on Composer's Toolbox.
As one progresses, one becomes more and more specialized. Coursework selection, private study, extra studies outside of the university, thesis and dissertation all hone one to become less diversified, and more specialized.
You can apply mindfulness to all aspects of being a musician. However, the goal is not to become a virtuoso in music through mindfulness.
I am not a composer. I compose music. Are you a composer?
I try to answer this question over and over again, and it becomes increasingly difficult to answer.
Regardless of your income stream(s), we all need to budget our finances. That is why I have made a budget calculator free to anyone who wants to use it, musician or non-musician. All you have to do is subscribe to the blog, and I will email you a copy of it!
Antonio D'Amato's fixed audio media piece "Körper" is a fascinating experience in timbre and sonic palette. From his abstract: "Technically speaking the composition uses exclusively a short audio recording of a MRI test. A large number of processes and signal elaboration modules are applied in order to subdue the crude audio sample to the compositional …
Composer Aaron Mencher's work "Uncertainly Yours" is a very cohesive work that relies on intervallic tightness, but is extremely fluid and athematic. Please download his score to follow along with this analysis. Here is the audio: The piece begins with the unifying interval that holds this piece tightly together, despite its arhythmicism and themelessness. The …
Hi All, I am currently at the University of Nebraska at Kearney New Music Festival, along with composers such as Matthew Kennedy, and my piece "Bleak Friday" for marimba and fixed media is going to be performed at 7:30pm CST (8:30pm EST) tonight. Here is the live stream link, if you want to view the …