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Feburary 8, 2009
About a half year has passed since I posted the "Orchestration" page, and I have received many e-mails from people all over the world. First of all, I would like to thank them very much. Their opinions and questions will be reflected into the contents of the book.
Many people who e-mailed me seem to share same questions. So, here are some answers to such questions…
Q1. Do you take new private students who would learn over the internet?
A1. Yes, I do.
Q2. What do you teach to your students?
A2. That totally depends on what a certain student want to learn from me. However, I do teach following subjects most of the case; part-writing technique (harmony), sectional-writing technique (more pop/jazz oriented harmony), music history and style, form and developmental technique, and orchestration.
Q3. Can you teach me so that I could pass the entrance examination on music theory (harmony and counterpoint) to the music conservatory that I want to go?
A3. I could, but probably I will not take you as my private student for that specific purpose. The reasons are that I believe that there are more suitable teachers than me for that purpose and my hope is to teach skills and applied knowledge so that students can realize what s/he wants musically.
PS. Here, I am talking about certain music conservatories in Europe and Asia which ask prospective composition major students to pass very difficult harmony and/or counterpoint examinations. Here are two examples from “UNDERGRADUTATE” entrance examination for Tokyo University of Arts (Tokyo, Japan).
Do not worry if you have no idea to solve these examples. I can assure you that 99% of composition-major students in the US, both undergraduate and graduate will not be able to solve these examples, and the schools will not teach harmony to this level most likely.