Monthly Music Composition Challenge - August 2018

Welcome to a new music composition challenge – we’ve got an exciting one in store! For this month’s challenge, we’re partnering up with Crescendo Phoenixville, which in their own words is “a community music organization that provides high-quality music education to children who might otherwise not receive it.” (Check out their website here).  The program is run …

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“Never have a favorite weapon.” That’s the advice of Miyamoto Musashi, a 16th century Japanese sword fighter. What he meant was that we shouldn’t have a favorite tool. A favorite tool will make you predictable. In war, that can be deadly. In the creative arts, it makes your boring (and that’s kind of the same …

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July Composition Challenge - School of Composition

For this month’s composition challenge, I’m simply providing you with a rhythm. Your job is to use it anywhere, anyhow – the only requisite is that the rhythm must appear complete at least once, within your composition. The rhythm: You can change the meter and the tempo, and you can add to it at the beginning …

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May Composition Challenge - School of Composition

Welcome to May’s composition challenge results! This challenge was about putting a picture of nature to music. The original challenge blog post is here but as a quick reminder, here are the 3 scenes composers could choose from:         This month’s composers: 1. Markus Boyd: https://soundcloud.com/markuslexanderboyd/string-trio-in-g-revised 2. Ron Baptiste 3. Joshua Beresford: …

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June Composition Challenge - School of Composition: write music you can be proud of

I can’t believe it’s already time for June 2018’s composition challenge! Since this means that half the year is almost over, it’s time for something different! I started these challenges last January and they’ve been an amazing experience thanks to all your wonderful contributions. Over 40 composers from all around the world have contributed over …

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Today I want to show you 10 new pieces submitted to the School of Composition’s April Challenge. This challenge was based on a story from a student of mine. The short version is that he got sick with what would normally be a simple illness. A doctor named Barbara, who was also the mother of …

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May Composition Challenge - how to write music

Update: This challenge is now closed. Watch the results here. New month new composition challenge! For this month’s challenge, I’m inviting you to draw some inspiration from nature. Composers have done this for hundreds of years but for this challenge we’re doing it from a still image. I’ve chosen 3 scenic pictures from pixabay.com – …

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March 2018 Composition Challenge Entries - School of Composition

Here’s the round up of the entries of last month’s challenge. We got some really creative submissions – you must definitely listen to the last one (really!) I hope to see your music in the next challenge! (link opens new tab)         Composers Mentioned 1. David Slater: https://soundcloud.com/musical_artizan 2. Andre Mardian: https://soundcloud.com/andre-mardian/labyrinth 3. …

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April music composition challenge - SchoolofComposition.com

Update: This challenge is now closed. View the results here: https://www.schoolofcomposition.com/april-composition-challenge-results/ I’m pleased to announce that this month’s composition challenge is a very special one. My friend and student, Max, asked if we could use this platform to write music dedicated to a very special person for her birthday. Before we get into the actual challenge, …

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