Posts Tagged:Music Composition Lessons New York

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Orchestrating Piano Music

One great practice for both learning orchestration and learning composition (they are connected you know) is taking an existing piece of music for piano and experimenting with orchestration.   For a little fun, I took an original piano composition by my friend Rob Kovacs and did an orchestration.I am posting on here so you can…

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How do I proceed to learn Orchestration

The only way you are really going to learn orchestration is by a combination or “stacking” learning approaches. You will need: 1. Work with real musicians: Knock on practice room doors, and throw an excerpt on a players stand. You know all those ads you see around music school about “violin teacher available” (fill in the instrument…

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Shostakovich – 101

  As someone who loves most (not all) of the of the music of Shostakovich (I am fan of most Russian composers) I can offer a few points for an introduction. 1. One of the sad historical “What would have been” facts is that his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District put him in deep…

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Recording Session for String Orchestra Book

For a long time I have had a goal of creating a range of educational products. Tonight I am recording the first session which will feature advance string textures and orchestration. The Georgian Sinfonietta will be the marvelous ensemble involved.  

Where you are

Recent Project: Where you Are

I had the pleasure of doing orchestration work for composer Steve Lebetkin. The vocals feature my friend and wonderful singer Hilary Gardner. The orchestra was recorded in Prague. The player were fantastic. Thank you James Fitzpatrick and Tadlow music for organizing the session. Here is one of three songs we recorded.  

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Harmony Exercise 1a

Principals of voice leading

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Student Gallery: Phil Harlan

Congratulations to student Phil Harlan for releasing his single “Stabilize” You can have a listen here: Stabilize – Single by Phil Harlan


Student Gallery: Dane Scozzari

Dane has just recorded an original song for the Guitar Center song writing challenge. Good luck !  So great to see my students creating music and putting it out into the world.

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Student Gallery: Tanya Dartson

Tanya is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for her first music video. Tanya states “Music has always been firmly embedded in my DNA. My ultimate dream is to have my music heard and shared by millions of people all over the world.” Her video campaign can be seen here Good luck Tanya So happy to…

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