Teaching Philosophy

I believe that, in order to make a contribution to music, one should lead with their strengths rather than shore up weaknesses to a uniform level of mediocrity. Here is a link to a video produced by the Princeton University Admissions office: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb1Z5XMH0o0.


Information about Princeton University

In order to provide an opportunity for prospective graduate composition fellows to meet faculty and current students and participate in some departmental event such as a colloquium or concert, we host 3 open houses each fall. For 2012 the remaining open houses will be on November 20 and December 11. For more information contact Gregg Smith – gsmith@princeton.edu

Admission info

For information about admission and requirements please contact our director of Graduate Studies – Dan Trueman or our academic administrator – Gregg Smith – gsmith@princeton.edu

Current courses 

Fall – Undergraduate Course: Orchstration

Spring - Graduate seminar: Composing for Orchestra

Outside of Princeton University

I will be in residence at the University of Michigan 9/30 - 10/4 and at Indianna University 3/12- 3/13/2014.

Private Teaching

I do some limited private teaching outside of Princeton University. For a single 60-90 minute lesson the fee is $150.

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