Composition Rules. OK!
“The more constraints one imposes, the more
one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of
the constraint serves only to obtain precision
Throughout his teaching career, and whether working with 4 yearolds,
or 24 year-olds, Patrick has always spent considerable time
and energy encouraging composition. Whatever ones relationship
to music ultimately will be, from professional concert performer to
passionate concert goer, this relationship will be enhanced by a
knowledge of the process of composition.
Many flatly deny that they can compose, stating that they lack the
inspiration or imagination to accomplish this. Patrick says,‘Nonsense!’ Everybody has the capacity to create, and this capacity
can be enhanced through the development of technique.
Constructing music is, in a sense, like constructing anything else,
once one knows the purpose, or function, that the piece should
fulfill, then one draws up plans, and creates details that are
But, where to begin?
Nothing is so daunting as sitting in silence staring at a mute
instrument and a blank sheet of paper. Stravinsky knew this, and
needed certain constraints, or frameworks, within which, suddenly
and miraculously his creativity was granted the freedom to take
With this in mind, Patrick created the concept of ‘Composition
Rules.OK! Which is, essentially, a board-based game that, step by
step can provide a framework, points of reference, and precise
stimuli to get the creative juices flowing.
Now, there is no guarantee that ones work will ultimately stand
comparison with Bach, Mozart or Beethoven. A special gift (of
GENIUS!) is required to create masterpieces of that order. Patrick
does guarantee, however, that if you follow the rules of this game
one will end up with structured compositions in which one can
truly take pride.
The Composition Rules.OK! set contains a game board, and several
dozen rule cards. Each set, fully laminated, is made to order, and,
if so desired, individual sets can be tailored to the requirements of
institutions, geographical locations, or any other intangibles that
might make this creative experience more personal and meaningful
to oneself or ones students.
Contact Patrick today. OK!
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