Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music

Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music
Posted by on Oct 11, 2014

Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music by Angela Myles Beeching who provides advice, inspiring examples and practical tools to advance a career in music.

The first edition of Beyond Talent quickly became a favorite among classical and jazz musicians, and has been used in courses at scores of conservatories and universities. This expanded second edition provides updated user-friendly advice, inspiring examples, and practical tools to advance a career in music. Packed with new tips and resources, Beyond Talent now covers everything from social networking tools, to commissioning, branding, and online fundraising, as well as tips on staying motivated, assessing one’s strengths and weaknesses, and managing time, money, and stress. Loaded with new sidebar profiles from entrepreneurial musicians, artist managers, and concert presenters, the new edition balances warmth and candor with straightforward advice on developing and sustaining a meaningful life in music. Beyond Talent is the ideal companion for students and professionals, emerging musicians and mid-career artists.

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Morten Lauridsen: How to Write a Song

Morten Lauridsen: How to Write a Song
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Morten Lauridsen: How to Write a Song is a discussion of his famous composition “Dirait-On.” The music of Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and recipient 2007 National Medal of Arts….

Lauridsen uses French poetry as a launching point for “Dirait-on”. Being deeply immersed in the world of art can be a wonderful tool for inspiration in music composition. To see what Gabriel Kahane says about poetry and art click here.

Notice how he has used just one simple chord to create an entire song. This is a good exercise to take one simple idea and try to expand it into a realized composition.








Classical composer Nico Muhly: Advice on Frustration

Classical composer Nico Muhly: Advice on Frustration
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Classical composer,Nico Muhly has written a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the American Ballet Theater, American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, percussionist Colin Currie, countertenor Iestyn Davies, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, violinist Hilary Hahn, Gotham Chamber Opera, designer-illustrator Maira Kalman, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Music-Theatre Group, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Paris Opéra Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera, The Royal Ballet, Saint Thomas Church in New York City, Seattle Symphony, and artist Conrad Shawcross. http://nicomuhly.com/








Cellist Alisa Weilerstein: Advice for Musicians

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein: Advice for Musicians
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein: Advice for  Musicians is a discussion of her recommendations to young musicians. Alisa has attracted widespread attention for playing that combines a natural virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship. …. http://www.alisaweilerstein.com/








Wagner And Film Music

Wagner And Film Music
Posted by on Aug 14, 2014
By Matthew Janszen

Music and Drama

Richard Wagner’s musical innovations and aesthetic decisions offered a new approach to opera while heralding the twentieth-century film score.  Wagner was not only a composer, but a dramatist with the goal of combining the arts into one balanced presentation.  He understood the need to connect with the audience on many artistic levels while effectively communicating a visual and aural performance.  He wanted to create a brand of stage realism that allowed the audience to share in his imaginative ideas and experience them as an imitation of real life (Carnegy 37).  Consequently, Wagner theorized and practiced new approaches in operatic form, musical language, and theatrical presentation that formed the fundamentals of music drama and the approach of the future film composer.








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Acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Joyce Di Donato

Acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Joyce Di Donato
Posted by on Jul 11, 2014

Acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Joyce Di Donato gives a Master Class at the Juilliard School