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Music Everywhere

Bridget | future composer

Music is everywhere, ringing across the globe in a scrambling mass of sound waves. Picking in choosing the ones that appeal to you then add a triplet here, then a dotted quarter note there. A long chord played at piano to hear a flute twittering up and down a scale. How beautiful it would sound.

I would say "nice to meet you" but because I technically never spoke or saw you it wouldn’t be the proper thing to say. Currently I play the clarinet in my Middle School Honors band where I have grown to learn not only the musically written language but the true beauty in listening. Another interest is poetry which I find much like music, so naturally I thought a composer would cover them both.

I understand that most composers have a background of theory, orchestration, and composition in music. Also hearing melody and harmony is a very useful trait that you can hear in your head. Though there are many people that have gone without formal training such as Karl Lawrence King who was mostly self-taught. Now a day you typically need a high school diploma or GED. A Bachelor’s degree in music and one to five years of experience as a musician is also necessary.

Taking in all this information, I thought going for the natural instincts would be best for that’s what everyone starts with. Then how the facts say it, many went without formal training. Finally ending with the college training to become a composer you will be set to create a new piece of music.

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