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Part of a lecture by Vancouver composer Rodney Sharman.
Mr. Sharman was the mentor for the 2014 Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop. Four composers experimented and composed over the entire month of May. The workshop culminated in a concert of works created during that period.

Rodney Sharman lives in Vancouver, BC. He has been Composer-in-Residence with the Victoria Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to concert music, Rodney Sharman writes music for cabaret, opera and dance. He works regularly with choreographer James Kudelka, for whom he has written scores for Oregon Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet. He is working on a score for Coleman Lemieux Company, Toronto. Premieres in 2011 include Notes on “Beautiful”, a transformation of music by Stephen Sondheim for pianist Anthony de Mare, and a violin concerto for Jonathan Crow and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Sharman maintains a presence on the web at

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June 18, 2015


How to Compose a Song…

Take some piano lessons from Scott Houston “The Piano Guy.” In this video, Scott and his guest, five-time Grammy Award nominee David Benoit, discuss the thought process behind composing music. David Benoit uses his original song, Kei’s Song, as an example.

Scott and David just want to help you to teach yourself piano skills to get you having some fun at a piano as quickly as possible.

In the video David shares some great tips for
composing songs. He shares that typically, he starts composing a new song with his chord selection. Then often he moves to creating the bridge of the song which was the case when he was composing “Kei.” There is a lot of trial and error involved.

When asked where Benoit gets his inspiration from, he confided that composing for him is a balance between piano seat time and time away from the piano. Being away from the piano offers time to reflect and be creative and imaginative. Some of David’s most creative ideas have come while he was on one of his walks. He feels writing in the morning is a good time to devote to seat time. 9:001:00.

The video concludes with a great performance of David Benoit playing “Kei” on Piano.

Scott Houston is the host of The Piano Guy television series on PBS and has taught hundreds of thousands of folks like yourself, how to have some fun on their piano or keyboard. He wants to help you get there too, as quickly as possible.