We’ve lost a fair number of important composer-teachers in the last year, and some of the postings and comments by former students have been wonderful and poignant tributes. It seems appropriate to send this REQUEST to any current or former composition student who studied with any teacher(s), living or gone:
Please send me 1-2 things that were of greatest value to you in your composition studies.
Thanks to everyone. I’ll compile these and post the results. Composition teaching is not well understood, even by the students and teachers themselves. Together, perhaps we can shine some light on the most inspirational methods.