The Practice of Teaching Composition

Dániel Péter Biró


In this essay, composer Dániel Péter Biró reveals his methodology and trajectory as a professor of music composition in the last 16 years. Biró explains how can one teaches a creative artistic process nowadays, in a globalized musical culture, which is full of possibilities for development of cultural diversity while simultaneously providing students distractions driven by capitalist paradigms. How can one help each student to develop his/her own musical language? For this task, Biró talks about how composition today is creative process highly grounded in intellectual and interdisciplinary approaches, sharing similarities with other areas of research such as philosophy and history. For this task, the composer relies on musical analysis in his seminars and individual lessons as one of the strongest methodologies to learn composition, alongside integrating music technology and contemporary performance practice research. [note by editor].

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