July 1, 2019 by Kyle
It’s already July!?
It’s already halfway through the summer semester!
The spring semester
has been my busiest semester as a professor. Let’s recap:
- I had a studio of 6
composers, 4 undergrads and 2 grads.
- I mentored the Freshman
Theory II Composition Projects.
- I oversaw the Sophomore
Theory IV Composition Projects.
- I taught the bassoon part of
Woodwind Methods II.
- I taught Music
Entrepreneurship (and wrote a course pack)
- I oversaw Grad Theory
- We took the wind symphony to
Budapest, Bratislava, and Prague.
- And I was asked to join the
NDSU Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (NICE) Faculty
- I had a studio of 3 students
in Comp II and 2 students in Comp III.
- I had one capstone advisee.
- I taught Advanced Scoring and
- I turned Comp I into a
lecture-based class, with 15 students.
- I organized the 18th annual
VCSU Composers Concert.
At NoteForge/As a
- I recorded and produced an
- I wrote one and a half
- I did some massive upgrades
- I solved a lot of issues with
Some of these things
were successful due to my hard work. Some of these things were successful due
to my dumb luck. Some of these things could be greatly improved.
Turning Comp I at
VCSU into a lecture class was a ton of work. It was fun, and I learned a great
deal about video editing, but it took up way more time than I was expecting.
Luckily, with those videos in “maintenance mode” now, I’ll have some
tweaks but most of it can stand.
I built that class
around my ideas about the creative process, which I’m beginning to codify into
something tangible. I’m presenting a poster about the process at this year’s
I didn’t do a bunch
of conferences/festivals this year, mostly due to a focus on teaching since
VCSU was a new thing. I’m ramping up those things this summer, with a piece at
NYCEMF/ICMC last week and a presentation at the VU 3 Symposium in Park City, UT
I wrote a piece for
bass clarinet duet + piano, and I started on a tuba sonata that I’m really
enjoying, though it’s taking a while trying to find time to write. Which
reminds me–This semester I started booking dedicated creative time, so that
I’m in the studio working on composition-related things every morning until 10.
This worked…most of the time.
I picked up a
faculty fellowship in Entrepreneurship, and as a part of that I’ve spent a
bunch of time thinking about how to update NDSU’s Music Entrepreneurship class.
That’ll be it’s own separate post I’m sure.