The face of music composition is changing rapidly these days, as technology makes it much easier for people without training in music theory or in playing instruments to create their own music.
The good news is that for those who do have instrumental skills and knowledge of theory, the world is even better. One can take pencil to manuscript, one can type something into Sibelius. Or, one can play a musical idea, via keyboard or other instrument, into a computer and manipulate the music in more ways than my brain can fathom, with the help of programs like Garage Band and others.
One of my students has been composing for some time, arranging popular pieces for her middle and high school orchestras, more the traditional way, but also using technology. In encouraging her to get set up with an electric violin, pedal and expanded setup on the computer, I'm getting a little jealous. I would have loved this, when I was young! I love the idea of being able to create music as both a digital native and a trained musician. What power!
As it is, I'm a trained musician, but I speak digital with a foreign accent, if you know what I mean. I'm slower than, say, my 16-year-old son! But I'm certainly interested. So this week's vote is about composing. Do you compose? Do you do it in a traditional way, or more digitally? And if you are digitally well-versed, what are the programs that violinists would have fun exploring?
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