Why Compose? I’m a performer. Why should I?
They once asked a world famous ski jumper if there was a maximum age at which one start learning to ski jump. He answered, “Yes. Three.” There are many activities and skills where it is a definite advantage to start early, and composing is one of them. Current music education is not renowned for exposing anyone early to the creation of music, but unlike ski jumping, you can still begin later – even much later – and not risk death, even though it may feel a bit scary in making the transition from consumer to producer if it’s your first ‘jump’. What awaits you for the effort?
-Extending your practical knowledge of music
-Knowing music ‘from the inside out’
-A new relationship to music and to your instrument
-The ability to compose for yourself, your family, your students – and not having wait for someone far away to come up with something just right for you
But I’m not Beethoven! Why bother?