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Composers and Arrangers: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:38)


As a composer, Andrea Clearfield spends a lot of time in a studio writing music for opera, orchestra, soloists, and more.

Composers and Arrangers: Career Beginnings (02:54)

Clearfield began playing piano at age five. In junior high she and her friends performed her arrangements. She earned a bachelor's degree in music and a master's in piano. Clearfield enjoys collaborating with dancers and filmmakers.

Composers and Arrangers: Keys to Success (02:19)

Besides passion, Clearfield says writing every day is important. She recommends studying harmony, composition, counterpoint, orchestration, and electronics. Go to concerts to see what is possible and gain insight by having musician friends play your music.

Composers and Arrangers: Education and Certification Requirements (01:37)

Clearfield suggests majoring in composition and a graduate degree if not a doctorate which would be helpful in getting a teaching job.

Composers and Arrangers: Workplace Atmosphere (02:02)

Clearfield begins every composition by hand. After filling a notebook with original sketches she works on a computer, which is hooked to an electronic piano. Traveling for work includes artist residencies, lectures, and concerts.

Composers and Arrangers: Advice for Aspiring Pros (03:20)

Collect a lot of raw material that can be edited later on, by writing daily. Attend concerts, meet musicians, and upload your recorded work to social media to get it heard. Take business courses to learn about copyright and negotiating contracts.

Composers and Arrangers: A Day on the Job (02:03)

Clearfield begins by answering emails and following up with collaborators. She spends at least 6 hours on creating music in her studio. She interacts with various people depending on her current projects.

Composers and Arrangers: Industry Goals and Services (02:39)

A classical composer, Clearfield predominantly writes music for the concert stage. Her desire is to create music that resonates with the audience while still within particular parameters of the customer. She enjoys bridging different types of music and creating music with social themes.

Composers and Arrangers: Industry Challenges (01:31)

Clearfield discusses the ongoing problem with financial support for music foundations. She comments on the importance of music education in schools and the problem with free downloading.

Composers and Arrangers: Looking at the Future (04:09)

Incorporating film, sculpture, and dance are a few ways to attract younger audiences. Opera is one of the most popular of the classical genres and due to its multi-media nature is growing in popularity. Hear about her project combining live and electronic music.

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Composer—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be a composer? In this Career Q&A video interview, Andrea Clearfield talks about her career path, what she does on the job, and the keys to success in the field of composing. She also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL124220

ISBN: 978-1-63521-784-1

Copyright date: ©2017

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