The Many Forms of Music Design

Music design takes as many forms as music itself. So before teaching it, determine which form to teach first. Consider the following-

Music designs can be:

For digital and/or live performance
Performed live and/or in a studio
Performed by acoustic and/or digital instruments
Recorded or not
Notated or not
Designed by one or more designers
Performed by the designer and/or other musicians
Tailored to specific performers or not
Anywhere on a spectrum from controlled to improvised
Designed from scratch or utilize existing material
Experienced alone or paired with additional elements such as image

Each possibility contains trade-offs. What makes the most sense for you and your students?

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By Patrick Blim-Hockberger

Greetings! I am a Denver-based music educator specializing in musical creativity and design. At the University of Illinois I earned my Master of Music Education and at Northwestern University I earned my BM in Music Composition and MA in Sound Arts & Industries. At the Chicago Park District I taught preschool music, voice, piano, guitar, and wrote and music directed children’s musicals. Prior to that I interned at 98.7 WFMT, coached middle school track & field, and worked for composer Paul Caldwell at the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago.