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New Music Composition Class – Fall 2013 NYC

I would like to make an announcement for those who live in New York City. In the fall I will be offering a composition/ orchestration class. The main goal of the class is to write your music which will then be read and performed by professional musicians. They will give you honest and clear feedback on what…

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January 2013 Newsletter | Music Composition Lessons in New York City

JAN. 2013 NewsLetter

 Happy New Year I would like to begin by wishing you a very happy and successful 2013. This is always one of my favorite times of the year. Out with the old. Time for setting new goals. I am determined to make 2013 a musical success, and I hope you are too ! Jiro Dreams…

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November Newsletter | Music Composition Lessons in New York City

Doug Gibson November Newsletter

Sandy:  November has been a tumultuous month for those of us living in the New York, Tri-State area. Tropical Storm Sandy had a more devastating impact than anyone expected. As a small way to give back I will be donating 10% of all music lesson proceeds for November and December  to the Red-Cross Hurricane relief…

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General Principles of Orchestration | Music Composition Lessons in New York

General Principles of Orchestration

I teach music composition lessons online. Often an area of study we focus on in great detail is orchestration. This is of tremendous importance to all Film and Video game composers. I have included below some general principles to keep in mind when writing a piece for full orchestra. If this seems in anyway confusing…

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August NewsLetter

I have been keeping busy over the summer. I am happy to report I had a great time recording a piece of mine for Viola and Piano titled In the House of the Heavenly Dragon:  I would love to share it with you. You can view the score and listen to the recording by clicking…

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Music Composition Lesson: The Basics of Writing for Strings

In the House of the Heavenly Dragon

I am pleased to share with you a new recording of a composition of mine for Viola and Piano. It was such a pleasure to work with such talented and dedicated performers. Viola – Frank Foerster Piano – Stephen Gosling  

Favorite tools for music making

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tools I have for making music. These all are essential items for me. If I was to loose one I would most certainly replace them. Transcribe: Transcribe allows me to quickly select a piece of music an slow the tempo down to any percentage that…

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New approaches

Firstly let me apologize for the delay in getting this “Tip of the week” out to you. Things have been busy, but very exciting over here. Please let me explain. First I have had a breakthrough with my internet teaching capabilities. I have discovered a way     (I believe) to not only share my…

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Making it Stick

This week as I was thinking about music composition I thought about a book called “Made to Stick – Why some ideas survive and others die.”   I was wondering how these concepts could be applied to our work as music composers. I would like to share with you two points from the first two…

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