The Film that Changed My Life...

A good friend and colleague, who was preparing to teach a music theory class for the first time contacted me this morning. She asked a simple question:

“What’s a good ice-breaker to get my theory class started?

Here’s the best one that that I know…….

I teach at a small li...

Admit it; you have laughed at cartoons like the one above. My wife Joan thinks that this cartoon is hilarious. Those of us who have been fortunate to play this unique instrument know the truth; inside this strange machine is an entire universe, waiting to be explored....

The picture is larger on the page, to match the man’s outsize personality.  This is what Scott Huston looked like during my years of study with him at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Doc passed away in 1991; my last lesson with him wa...

Grad school: composition seminar. This was a chance to talk shop with your fellow student composers, led by a member of the composition faculty at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, where we were diligently working towards the completion of our various de...

"When I compose it's an inner discipline that controls me. No concerts, rehearsals, interviews! It's another way of living and I prefer it in a way. If you want to skip dinner and work all night, sleep all day, you just do it ... it's another person that emerges, more...

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