A Lesson from Yogi

After he’d miserably flunked a high school exam, Yogi Berra’s disheartened teacher asked him: “Yogi, didn’t you learn anything?” The future baseball Hall-of-Famer replied: “Ma’m, I didn’t even suspect anything.” Like Yogi, no one could ever teach me much of anything. As a young man I figured that the few things I didn’t already know […]

Five Questions with Curtis Roads

Molly Sheridan: There are obviously many new worlds that technology has opened up in music. Do you ever feel like this has taken the humanness out of the performance and creation of it? Will developments like your Creatovox synthesizer help add that element? Curtis Roads: As a musician, I began working with computers in 1972. […]

What are the pros & woes of being a self-taught composer? John Musto

Courtesy Peer Music I am a self-taught composer, assuming the definition is merely that one has had no formal lessons with a teacher of composition. I’m certainly not a self-taught musician. I attended the Manhattan School of Music as a pianist. I studied with Seymour Lipkin, a marvelous musician, and soon after, I met Paul […]

What are the pros & woes of being a self-taught composer? Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

self-portrait I’m more independent than self-taught—30-some years ago, I did pay dues in theory, practice, and history. But I quickly (and mercifully) distanced myself from the classrooms of Robert Moevs, Martin Picker, F. Austin Walter, Edmond Strainchamps, and Scott Whitener in order to study scores and recordings independently, to explore diverse styles and techniques, to […]

What are the pros & woes of being a self-taught composer? Elizabeth Brown

I’m highly trained as a flutist, but had no composition training. Performing all kinds of music has been an ongoing compositional education. Performer friends played my pieces beautifully and enthusiastically from the very start of my composing life, which started belatedly in my late twenties. It hadn’t occurred to me, until a friend asked if […]