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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