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Barry S.

A New Look at Music Theory/Analysis, Composition, and Songwriting

A New Look at Music Theory/Analysis, Composition, and Songwriting

$40/hour

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Music theory/analysis has traditionally been viewed with fear and loathing. It is often considered a necessary evil, antithetical to creativity. My approach enlivens analysis by realigning its structures in support of the construct of a musical narrative.

The idea of a musical narrative, based on the listener’s emotional response to a piece, is the path to a deeper, more comprehensible approach to analysis. This perspective infuses the structural approach to analysis with a more human...

Music theory/analysis has traditionally been viewed with fear and loathing. It is often considered a necessary evil, antithetical to creativity. My approach enlivens analysis by realigning its structures in support of the construct of a musical narrative.

The idea of a musical narrative, based on the listener’s emotional response to a piece, is the path to a deeper, more comprehensible approach to analysis. This perspective infuses the structural approach to analysis with a more human quality by shifting the discussion toward musical communication of human emotion.

I have a Master’s Degree in Music Theory/Composition from NYU. I also have a great deal of songwriting and recording experience in pop/rock music, having been a singer/songwriter in numerous bands. I believe that my approach will help my students overcome the fear and loathing often associated with music theory.


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Art

Composition (Music)

Composition (Music)

I have composed several chamber pieces for various ensembles including: a string quartet, a woodwind quintet, a piece for cello and piano and many others. I am proficient in using Sibelius notation software.

Music

Composition (Music),

Composition (Music)

I have composed several chamber pieces for various ensembles including: a string quartet, a woodwind quintet, a piece for cello and piano and many others. I am proficient in using Sibelius notation software.
Music Theory,

Music Theory

MA in Music Theory/Composition from NYU - GSAS Several completed analyses using this new approach.
Songwriting

Songwriting

Wrote songs, provided lead sheets with lyrics, conducted rehearsals. Booked gigs, made professional recordings of songs, performed songs in various venues. Highlight: my band, Ice-9, opened for Boy George and Culture Club at Madison Square Garden in 1985.

Examples of Expertise


Barry has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 4 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

$40/hour

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Barry S.

$40/hour

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