Composition professor offers tips on composing using software


Kenneth Froelich, who is currently Assistant Professor in Music Composition at California State University, Fresno, has just started a new blog focused on composing music on the computer. He says:

I have chosen to focus in on a somewhat controversial topic in this field – composing within music notation software (Finale or Sibelius, specifically). Why? Well, as both a composer and a teacher of music composition, I have seen many of the missteps, pratfalls, and outright disasters that tend to come about from writing music on the computer. However, through my own personal experience, as well as working directly with my students, I have come up with several strategies and pedagogical approaches to help young composers recognize and overcome the traps that tend to hinder successful “computer composition.”

Kenneth has promised to post a new instalment in this series every week. It will be interesting to see what he has to say as the series develops. Worth a bookmark.


  1. Kevin Gibbs

    Thanks for turning us on to this new blog. I’ve subscribed and will definitely read what Kenneth has to say.

  2. Kenneth Froelich

    Thank you very much for highlighting my blog! I had no idea that this happened until Kevin mentioned it on my own comments section. I hope that what I have to say is helpful and informative, or at the very least decent coffee-table banter.

    Look for my next entry this Wednesday, when I tackle “copy and paste.” All the best!

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