Composition Critique

If you would like to have a fresh, objective critique of your work, you may email your score to me, and I can either email you back with comments and suggestions or set up a meeting via Video-Chat, phone, or in person (if you’re local to North Orange County or San Luis Obispo, CA).


The critique will take into consideration the style, concept, idiom, or genre that you are writing with, and the comments and suggestions may include the following, but not limited to:

  • Score layout and spacing

  • Clarity of notation and directions

  • Idiomatic writing – what is difficult but doable, things that might not be possible, things that are going to work well for the performers.

  • Orchestration – Evaluation of how particular registers and techniques will sound on the given instruments; Evaluation of balance, things that may be covered up, things that may stick out too much.  Issues with any doubling combinations depending on instrument and range.   Suggestions on any tweaking that may add color. 

  • Musical Form, Phrasing, and Pacing – Did you move on to a new section too soon?  Is another part too long?   I’ll give you some suggestions as to where there may be any imbalances, what you can do to tweak them, as well as comment on where the form works particularly well. 

  • Harmony – If a chord should be re-voiced and why.  Does the chord progression or modulation to a new key area or tonal center work well? Evaluation will take into consideration the personal harmonic language you are using. 

  • If it’s a work in progress, I can provide you with some possible ideas on what to do next. 


Rates will vary depending on length of the work, ensemble size, content, etc.  

In Person Meeting

If you are local to North Orange County or San Luis Obispo, CA, we can schedule a meeting in person.  For rates, scheduling, and questions,

I am available to commute to other areas in Los Angeles or Orange County for an additional commuting fee.  

Video Chat Meeting

Our meeting may take place via Skype or

Google Hangouts.  For rates, scheduling, and questions,

Feedback Via Email

I will view your work electronically, and reply with feedback via email.  For rates, scheduling, and questions,