Ep 91-Margaret Brandman on Focusing on What Needs Doing

Ep 91-Margaret Brandman on Focusing on What Needs Doing

Australian composer Margaret Brandman’s career in music spans more than 45 years. As composer, pianist, music educator, author and arranger she has combined her compositional interests with her interest in music education. She composes for a variety of instrumental ensembles and voice in styles ranging from Contemporary Classical to Jazz many of which can be heard on the recently released albums -SENSATIONS and ABRAZO.

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In this episode composer Margaret Brandman shares how she’s build a portfolio career of over 45 years comprised of composing, teaching, music publishing, and releasing albums of her music.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Writing pedagogical music
  • Wearing many musical hats
  • Parallel careers
  • Publishing
  • Distribution
  • Promotion
  • Balancing writing with business activities
  • Legal entitites
  • Having a CD released
  • Getting the first publication
  • Placing music in the schools
  • Putting in the hours
  • Managing the family/life/work balance
  • Being passionate about it
  • Music for healing
  • Music Therapy


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  1. Margaret Brandman October 3, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    It was a pleasure doing the interview with Garrett Hope and having the opportunity to speak about some of my musical passions and interests. I hope my answers will provide some insights to the music industry for upcoming composers.

    • Garrett October 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      The pleasure was all mine! Margaret, I really appreciate your time and sharing your story. 🙂

  2. Ksenija Vojisavljevic October 3, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Beautiful interview, thank you and all the best wishes Margaret.

    • Margaret Brandman October 8, 2016 at 3:32 am

      Thank you for your comments Ksenija. I am glad your enjoyed the interview.

  3. Benita Rainer October 6, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    From listening to this podcast I can see that Margaret Brandman is an inspirational composer, performer, and music educator, and an expert at juggling parallel careers, having also been a mother and carer for a sick first husband. Her career shows us that experience is essential and perseverance paramount! I like the way she encourages us to engage in the two universal modes of connection: music and smiling! 

    • Garrett October 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks for listening! I agree, Margaret is definitely an inspiration.

  4. Maurice November 27, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Oh Marget Brandmen is very nice composer an entreeprener I greatly inspired by her story.

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