Composing is an exploration into the places within ourselves. It is something that is truly rewarding!
But it can also be, at times, confusing, frustrating and filled with self-doubt and anxiety.
As a composition teacher, my job is to open doors into places not explored, be they musical styles, techniques or places inside you.
My approach to composition is that we must all learn ourselves what makes sense for us, what sounds, styles, colours and spirit we are compelled to put into the music. To do this, myself and the student will work together to uncover what ways of thinking and creating music work best for the student.
A large part of my job as a composition teacher is to continual redirect the student’s attention to the source of their personal creativity until they learn to understand and trust the musical well-spring inside each of us.
The other side of my role is to then help you learn to translate your music into something other people can reproduce.
Time spent composing is something that everyone can benefit from, as it is a profound and rewarding exploration of ourselves and what it means to be human.