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Building a Community On Patreon: IceRequiem's Halls of the King Soundtrack

Posted on February 18, 2016 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

At the $4 pledge level on my Patreon page, I use my Facebook page (700+ likes), Google Plus profile (400+ followers), Twitter account (2,500+ followers), and my award-winning Music Education Blog to help promote a fellow Patreon creator's creation.


Today, I'd like to feature another cool creation by ‪#‎Patreon‬ creator IceRequiem. This original mus...

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Andy Grammer's Honey I'm Good for SSAA Barbershop Quartet

Posted on September 6, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Andy Grammer's Honey I'm Good for SSAA Barbershop Quartet


I occasionally get commissions to write a cappella arrangements. All of my arrangement commissions are licensed for online streaming to make them in compliance with US Copyright code, and often the group requesting the arrangement will send me a recording of their group performin...

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Back to the Future Overture for Clarinet, Complete with DeLorean!

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Back to the Future Overture for Clarinet, Complete with DeLorean!

I released a recording of a clarinet ensemble arrangement of Alan Silvestri's overture to the hit movie Back to the Future about a week ago. You can listen to the audio alone on ...

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Simply Summer - a Piano Improvisation

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Simply Summer - a Piano Improvisation

"Simply Summer" is a piano improvisation created in the final days of July with typical summer weather as an inspiration. 


This summer, I have spent a lot of time at the keyboard attempting to improve my piano proficiency. I took two years of private lessons as a kid and the required piano lab courses in ...

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Elgar Nimrod Clarinet Quartet Video Now Available

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Elgar 'Nimrod Clarinet Quartet by Thomas J. West

In addition to the videos I have on YouTube that showcase my original compositions, I am enjoying bringing several public doma...

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Melodyne - It's a Kind of Magic

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Melodyne - It's a Kind of Magic - thomasjwestmusic.com

 

Seven years ago, I left the beaten path of the 30-year high school band director career and took on a job as a band and strings teacher at a small performing arts program attached to a cyber charter school. My passion for music and my love of technology found a marriage at this sc...

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Free-Scores Third Annual Composition Contest Voting Is Underway

Posted on February 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Voting is now open in the Free-Scores Composition Contest. To vote, you must be a Free-Scores member (it's free). Free-Scores is giving away 8GB flash drives to several lucky voters.


My new piece entitled Flight of Fancy is an entry in the Instrumental Trio cate...
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Free-Scores Announces Third Annual Composition Contest

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As a composer, I have found French website Free-Scores to be a valuable place to get exposure for my work. With a global page ranking at the time of this article of less than 35,000, it is a place for composers of all kinds of music at a...

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Bridging The Gap Between Your Work And Your Ambitions

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

When it comes to being creative, most people dabble but do not commit to long-term exploration of their creativity. Many of us have a great sense of artistry dwelling within us, but we lack the experience to bridge the gap between what we are capable of producing today and where our creative brain wants to take us. This gap is frustrating, and it's the reason most people give up.


Who doesn't give up? How about Parry Gripp ...

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International Songwriting Competition Reopens For A Limited Engagement

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 2014, has re-opened for two special promotions.


Called "the songwriting competition to take note of," by the New York Times, ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and over $40,000 in priz...
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