Category Archives: Music

A Slave To The Page

A Slave To The Page

A position on early music education. A Language Learned How do children learn language? It is the aural learning that provides the elemental basis for language skills. We do not first learn what the sounds look like – we learn first by hearing. The visual is learned by connecting the knowledge gained through aural perception to the symbols that represent

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Back Home in Lourdes

Back Home in Lourdes

I returned for my second pilgrimage to Lourdes, France this month as an Auxiliary member of the Order of Malta American Association . This time I was slightly more prepared, but still bowled over by the spirit of this place. My job was to provide music for the various masses and services – a special job for sure. Parish music

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Scoring “Homeless in a College Town”

Scoring “Homeless in a College Town”

This documentary by counterfeit cow productions is about the homeless in Amherst MA, and shows a side of town that people do not associate with an educated, successful college and touristy town. Looking forward to scoring this documentary – it spoke to me right away. Take a look.

Introduce Children to Music

I read this article on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” – check out the full text here. Here is the last part about the author’s opinions on music and children – good stuff. Talking down to kids about music never works, just as it doesn’t work in any other subject matter. Children can smell disingenuousness at a thousand paces. Moreover, there’s no

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Genesis

No, not a post about the first book of the Bible, or a throw-back to an 80’s rock group. I am speaking about the moment of creation – the initial spark of consciousness. As a composer, I have been grappling with this idea of genesis: Where do my ideas come from? Did I create the music? I am beginning to

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A Benefit in Stamford

A Benefit in Stamford

An old friend from UCONN, Dmitry (Dima) Iogman, found me on facebook and asked me to participate in a benefit concert – and, of course, I was there to lend support in raising money for a family member who is diagnosed with cancer.  Little did I know that it would become a great little UCONN reunion with singers Amy Buckley,

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