School of music
Thinking Aloud
Art of Composition
Most of us probably think of composers as solitary figures, bent over a writing desk or plunking it out on a piano. So it may come as a surprise that coaching, constructive criticism, and something along the lines of master classes can be painful, yes, but also pay off with better music. Composer Steve Ricks joins Thinking Aloud, along with two of his BYU music composition students, to discuss the whys and wherefores of coaching composers.—Original airdate: 12/12/2011

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