Category Archives: Educational music

This is the new stuff – I go dancing in!

The first one of the new educational compositions is now online! You can find out more about it on its own page, Desert Snow. Starting with this one, I’ll try to make a video of each new piece, and, time permitting, the old ones, too.

Update:

Another new composition, Paper Plane, is now also on YouTube.

By the way, the name of this post is a quote – do you recognize where it is from? 🙂

Lost Nereus

The recent news about the deep-sea submersible Nereus being lost in the depths of the Pacific Ocean has captured my imagination. So much so that I’m now writing a composition tentatively named ‘Lost Nereus’.

Nereus was an unmanned vehicle. Had it been manned, I probably wouldn’t be composing this music; the human tragedy would be too real to allow such treatment. I still remember seeing ‘Titanic’ back in the 90’s and wondering how could they make a movie about such a disaster, turn it into entertainment. But an unmanned submersible is another matter; no deaths, but still a loss in the unimaginable depths, in an unknown, hostile, wonderful environment.

‘Lost Nereus’ is still in the beginning stages of being born, but it seems to be developing into an interesting one. There’s again use of lydian dominant scale and chords in parallel movement. There’s something of the sound and feeling in Sea of Light in it, but darker and stranger this time.

I haven’t been writing a lot in the past months, so it’s interesting to me that way also. I wonder how it will turn out!

My thesis is finished!

Today I finished my master’s thesis and submitted it for review.

It’s a big relief that it’s now done; at the same time, I can’t help but feel a bit, well, nostalgic. I know it’s time for me to move on, but this project has occupied my mind for a good while and it’s grown to be a part of me.

My master’s thesis is on educational guitar music.

Educational music and pedagogical composing have been largely neglected by studies so far, for some reason. I feel that they in fact present a very interesting field and certainly would deserve more attention even at the highest levels of study.

If I will ever have the opportunity to continue my own studies, I’m sure that I’ll go on along the same path. It’s not only captivating; it also has the added benefit of being directly applicable to my composing, as witnessed by this site.

What do you say?

In the future I plan to introduce material from my thesis in this blog. It would be very beneficial, not to mention extremely interesting, to hear from you! Do you know of any studies that have been done into this particular subject? What are your personal thoughts on the matter; what should composers of educational music strive for? What should they avoid? Please comment!