Composing and producing music is an art and a science and there is no absolute right or wrong way to do either. There are basic guidelines however that most composers and producers follow that have become standard and will go a long way to helping you develop professionally. I have learned many useful ways to approach those processes over my 20 plus years in the music industry and I’ve crafted this text to help you learn those techniques. This text is designed for those who have introductory knowledge in music composition and music production. Awareness of music notation is recommended before delving into the concepts covered in this text.
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Dr. William E. Smith (W.E.S.) is an active musician, producer, composer, author and educator who has released four albums with his group, The W.E.S. Group, and has produced and recorded music for many notable artists. He is a published author (Hip Hop as Performance and Ritual and How to Be an MC – CLS Publications,) and is an assistant professor of music technology at Bowie State University. Prior to that, he taught classes at Howard University, was the music industry coordinator and online ethnomusicology program coordinator at North Carolina Central University and was the jazz ensemble director at American University in Washington, DC. He has recorded and performed with a number of musicians in a variety of genres: Gospel Artists: Hezekiah Walker and Fred Hammond, Jazz Artists: Donald Byrd, James Moody, Kenny Burrell, Gary Thomas, Antonio Hart, Antoine Rooney, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mike Phillips, Cynda Williams, and Malcolm Jamal Warner, Ethiopian Artists: Wayna, Aster Aweke, Gigi. Dr. Smith has also opened for: DMC from Run DMC, McCoy Tyner, Ravi Coltrane, Jon Henricks, Cassandra Wilson. Aside from performing at many jazz festivals and events in Anguilla, Bonaire, St. Lucia, California, New York, United Kingdom, Morocco, India, and South Africa, Dr. Smith is an avid composer. He has written music for TV and film and has composed music for multimedia performances such as theater performances and fashion shows.
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