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Composers Online Institute is the result of the COVID-19 coronavirus. In early May 2020, it became clear that the annual two-week summer music camp called Junior Composers was not going to happen. After some back-of-the-envelope calculations, the faculty and staff decided to offer a 100% online experience that would emulate the residential camp we've been offering 20 years.
I was one of the faculty members who had been offering songwriting lessons and I had a special affiliation with Junior Composers; I had attended the camp as a high school student and was brought back to develop their pop songwriting program after I graduated from USC's pop songwriting program.
During my time at Junior Composers we began to move out of the classic multi-track recording studio and by the summer of 2019, we transformed or experience to laptops and interfaces...just in time for COVID-19.
This video is on COI's YouTube channel and is a recording of the zoom session where I gave a Creator Salon on my professional experiences and how songwriters have enormous resources at their fingertips. I hope you enjoy!
By the way, we all enjoyed being Randall Davidson for about an hour.
MacPhail Center for Music is an incredible resource in the Minneapolis-St Paul area and beyond. Both composer-pianist Dr. Sarah Miller and percussionist Bob Adney are faculty members at this find community music school.
If you attended Mr. Adney's Performer Salon in July 2020, you can attest to the breadth of knowledge he brings to every performance. As a follow-up to that salon, he has sent along some additional resources. First, a YouTube video on percussion notation.
In addition, to being a generous and positive teacher, he has established the reputation for providing a steadying hand on the shoulder of composers of all ages when it comes to creating music for marimba. Here is his video:
We will keep following Bob when he creates any more online content that would be helpful to composers interest in writing for percussion.