SEMINARS IN MAY
I am excited to announce a series of seminars in Los Angeles! These seminars will run for four consecutive Saturday mornings beginning May 5, and are similar to the ones I have presented in Boston, Seattle, Toronto, NYC, Beijing, Shanghai, Vietnam, and Thailand.
You do not have to be in LA to participate. These seminars will be live streamed and videotaped, and the seminar price includes handouts, access to the live stream, and the option to download the edited videotapes.
Please note that there are two prices: one with the included e-book, the second without the e-book.
SEMINAR ONE May 5 10:00 am-12:00 pm
DEVELOPING VARIATION: FROM J. S. BACH TO JOHN WILLIAMS
We will examine how to vary our material-the single most important part of any composer’s skill set.
Selections from composers: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, James Newton Howard, Rossini, Herrmann, Debussy, Coltrane, Mahler, Williams, and Copland.
Topics covered: What is a Motive? - The Phrase - Techniques of Development - Repetition - Sequence - Form - Rhythm - Orchestration - Reharmonization - Register
SEMINAR TWO May 12 10:00 am-12:00 pm
STUDYING FILM SCORES
A chance to listen to, and learn about, several magnificent movie scores. Special emphasis will be on discovering new techniques to incorporate into your own writing.
Selections from composers: Michael Giacchino (John Carter), John Williams (HP and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Hans Zimmer (Batman Begins), and Michael Kamen (Robin Hood)
Topics covered: Texture- Doubling - Orchestral Weight - Issues of Form - Highlighting - Intriguing Instrumental Combinations - Modulations - How a Composer Alters a Cue after Hearing it Live
SEMINAR THREE May 19 10:00 am-12:00 pm
FROM THE PIANO TO THE ORCHESTRA
Let’s study together how Stravinsky and Ravel turned their piano works into the orchestral masterpieces we know and love.
Selections from composers: Igor Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring), Maurice Ravel (Le Tombeau de Couperin)
Topics covered: Unusual Instrumental Combinations-Instrumental Techniques Used - Harmonic Innovations - Solo versus Tutti - Added Pads - Contrast - New Material not Present in the Original Piano Score - What is the Role of the Percussion? - How is the Atmosphere Established?
SEMINAR FOUR May 26 10:00 am-12:00 pm
THE WONDER OF HEXACHORDS
Writing with hexachords is the direct way to develop more chromaticism in your scoring. Stop being held back by triads and learn how to let your cues become more modern sounding and flexible.
Topics covered: What are Hexachords? - Common examples of Hexachords - The Steps in building Hexachords - Creating Chords - Interval Counting - Modulation - Harmonic Environment - Adding Pitches - Final Results
Please book your tickets as soon as possible to reserve your space. Feel free to pass this information along if you know of others who might be interested, and please contact me with any questions. Hope to see you then!
Remember for those unable to attend in person, we will be live streaming so you can log in and participate! We will also be videotaping the seminars for later download and viewing.