Beginner Composer – Website Resources

June 17, 2013

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It’s So Amazing!

Here you  are in one moment of time.  Exploring your guitar , your piano.  Then something Happens to you.  Your ego disappears  and your higher self begins to hear  music you’ve never heard before.  It’s taking your heart and mind into new territory.  Patterns turn into phrases.  You are trying to feel where it wants to go.
Listen  to your intuition . Be daring.  It will all work out later.

Enjoy the magic of music creation!  The more music skills you learn , the more freedom  of expression comes your way.  Many musicians want to help you learn .  I hope that  you will find  these  websites helpful .   Your music composition adventure has begun!

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Young Composers.com  

You can upload music to our network, where our insightful review team will help you hone your craft.  Our composer music forum is an active com – munity of professionals, students, and amateurs who can  answer questions about the life and career of classical music composition and show you new techniques. 

Maria Schneider’s Advice to Young Composers   –   YouTube
“When artists break through by doing what they think will make them famous, not what they love, expressing their “real” selves becomes far harder.”

Advice For The Emerging Composer   –   Eric Whitacre .com 

A young composer uses old school methods of  music notation and tells you why.  ( Listen to his Virtual Choir 3, ‘Water Night’  received 3746 videos from 73 countries around the world  and launched on April 2nd 2012 at a live event at Lincoln Center, webcast on Lincoln Center Website, and revealed online.  Very Inspiring!
Eric Whitacre.com  –  Advice For The Emerging Composer  –  Competitions
Learning from his personal experiences.
South Carolina School of Music
Leans toward Jazz Comp   –   Very  helpful Guide to the beginning Composer.  Music Theory Rules, Getting Started, Rewriting, Questions to Ask, Contrasts, Consistencies Motivic & Compositional Devices, Listening, Composition Links
Advice For Pianists: How To Compose Piano Music
Piano Lessons Myths  –  David Nevue.com
Advice For Young Composers / Young Musicians QuestionsMusical Mentors   –   Christophe Beck  –  YouTube
Composers New Pencil   –   Live / Dead Site  (no longer maintained).
What a shame!  What remains is quite useful to a composer.
Array Young Composers Workshop   –   The Process   –   YouTube 
National Young Composers Challenge   –  YouTube   –  The Composium
Pillars of Creation by Stephen Spies  –  The National Young Composers Challenge is open to young musicians ages 13 to 18 who are
U.S. residents.  The Challenge is simple. First, you can take part in a free full-day workshop with world-renowned composers and musicians. Then you write your own score for chamber ensemble or full orchestra. Finally, a panel of judges chooses the top three orchestral and top three ensemble compositions.
Very Young Composer Workshop   –   YouTube   –  Part One   –   Part Two

Berklee Press   –   Music composition / arranging / songwriting publications

Lawrence  Music  Composition  Blog
The number one piece of advce for young composers.

The Muses Muse
A songwriting resource for both beginners & pros. 

Advice For A Young Composer
Jeffrey Cotton.net

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