Composing synthesizes the core of one's musical training: music theory, instrumental skill, music history, but takes it all a step further. When composing, you apply the rules of theory, but learn how to devise your own exceptions and to break the rules well. And while delving into the music of yesterday and today, you also discover your musical voice which can be a part of tomorrow's history.
Our private composition lessons situate the ideas and interests of the budding composer at their core. As teachers, it is our role to give the student resources and skills to support his/her artistic vision, yet also to provide challenges to help them deepen their understanding of music (their own, and that of others). This balance is achieved by including carefully-selected exercises which are tailored to the student's needs, listening—exposing them to the work of other musicians (in various genres of music), but also devoting a significant amount of lesson-time to feedback on their own personal compositional works.
Recommended for the budding bedroom producer, the aspiring soundtrack composer, emerging electronic alchemist and novice symphonist, composition lessons are an excellent complement to traditional training for any creative-minded student.
Working creatively writing and producing music, is something which liberates musicians, getting them away from only listening to, performing, and reading about other great works, and into their own imagination to create their own. It's both an empowering and challenging activity, and with guidance and encouragement from an experienced instructor it can grow into a disciplined full-fledged artistic practice, even a fruitful career path.