How I Survived 3 Listening Exams in 3 Days

How I Survived 3 Listening Exams in 3 Days

For those of you that aren’t versed in the splendor of a listening exam, I’ll lay it out for you. You’re given a list of pieces by various composers to study. On test day, after hearing a random 30sec-1min excerpt, you need to identify the title and composer and...
The Composition Process: Instruments and Playback?

The Composition Process: Instruments and Playback?

The composition process is different for everyone. My own process has undergone many changes over the past 6 years, and I have no doubt that it will continue to change. With this post, I mean to discuss three process-related questions that have been occupying my...
Graduate Music School (Part 2 – Entrance Exams)

Graduate Music School (Part 2 – Entrance Exams)

Thanks for coming to Part 2 – Entrance Exams! The following is a list of study strategies for the graduate music entrance examinations. As you read, keep in mind that this guide is based on my personal experience. Other schools’ may have slight alterations, but for...