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    Writing for Strings Latest Course from Alexander

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    Alexander University is now accepting registrations for its self-directed 23-lesson online string writing class. With its recording emphasis, Writing For Strings is for both the street smart musician and the classically trained. Students can begin at any time in any part of the world. Required text is Alexanders 845-page Revised Rimsky-Korsakovs Principles of Orchestration . Its the first orchestration book endorsed by winners of the Academy and Emmy Awards. Final projects are string arrangements of five short works students record using synths or samplers that are sent in for critiques in MP3 or Real Audio format (or cassette tape/CD if conversions arent possible). Students submit goal sheets that are reviewed and refined. Questions throughout the course are either e-mailed in or posted on threaded discussion boards. Students also learn string section recording principles. The 23-lesson class is the equal of a 2-credit hour collegiate class. Class fee for the 23-lesson course is $149.00. Students can register by either calling Alexander University at 1-310-559-3779, or by registering directly at alexuniv.com/AU/strings.html.

    The 23 lessons are: Introduction, Starting With the Basses, Adding in Cellos, Bass-Cello Combinations, Adding in Violas, Adding in the Violins, Expanding the Ensemble and Overlapping the Ranges, Making Music With What You've Learned, Creating Inner Lines - Technique #1, Creating Inner Lines - Technique #2, Creating Inner Lines - Technique #3, Creating Bass and Cello Lines, Quick Technique for Developing the Melody Line, Creating 2 parts out of 4 Cellos, Arpeggios - Technique #1, Arpeggios - Technique #2, Creating a Triplet Melodic Line, Creating a Counterpoint Feel by Inserting Rests - Technique #1, Creating a Counterpoint Feel by Inserting Rests - Technique #2, Creating a Counterpoint Feel by Inserting Rests - Technique #3, Creating a Counterpoint Feel by Inserting Rests - Technique #4, Inner Lines and Non-chord tones, Setting Up the Harmony, and Recording Pointers.

    Peter Alexander, course creator, is a graduate of both Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, and Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in Boston, Alexander studied counterpoint privately with Dr. Hugo Norden of Boston University. In Los Angeles, he studied orchestration privately with Pulitzer Prize Nominated Composer Dr. Albert Harris. For three years he was the late Henry Mancinis computer tech. He presently produces and writes for the Los Angeles-based Biblestory.NET. Productions debuting in the 2001-2002 season include David and Goliath, Mary & Joseph: The Untold Story, and others.

    Alexander is also the author of the forthcoming How MIDI Works 6th Edition , How to Do a Demo Quality Recording in Your Bedroom 2nd Edition, Cubase 5.0 Made Easy, and Emagic Logic 5.0 Made Easy to be released throughout Spring/Summer 2001 by Hal Leonard Music. With Grammy Award winning recording engineer Jeff Sheridan, hes creating the online Samplitude 2496 Recording Course to debut in Summer 2001.

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