By Kolby Van Camp, Jesse Kaiser, and Ryan Hernandez
Musically InclinedMay 31, 2023
Streaming services: noise generators or diverse musical experiences?
Kolby, Jesse, and Ryan sit down to discuss a prompt that was given Kolby during a graduate class: because of the digitization of music and streaming services, are we just streaming noise at this point? The trio make arguments for and against and provide their opinions on the topic.
Morihiko Nakahara and professional orchestras
Jesse and Ryan (no Kolby today, graduate school can be rough, folks!) sit down with legendary conductor and clinician, Morihiko Nakahara, and discuss the finer points of being a traveling orchestra conductor, tips for programming music, and so much more here on Musically Inclined.
Breaking the “rules” - what does it even mean?
Choral singing: America's style vs Britain's style
Kolby, Jesse, and Ryan discuss an article that has taken the choral world by storm over the last few weeks, Canto: Let's Talk About the English Choral Tradition by Christopher Lowrey, published by Early Music America. The trio talk about the aspects they agreed with and the aspects they disagreed with, as well as the discussion on stepping away from trying to copy "styles," but rather doing what fits best inside the context of what's being asked of you as a choral singer.
Composing, philosophy, and video games with Christopher Tin
Kolby, Jesse, and Ryan sit down with two-time GRAMMY® Award winning composer (among other things!) Christopher Tin to discuss composing, philosophy, ethnomusicology, video games, and so much more.
Music and motivation with the Dragonslayer Benjamin "Coach" Wade
Kolby and Jesse (no Ryan again, he had a gig!) sit down with Survivor (yeah, THAT Survivor) legend, renown soccer coach, world record holder, and professional musician the Dragonslayer, Benjamin "Coach" Wade, to discuss his time as a professional trumpet player, what it takes to stay motivated and hungry in this world, and how music can positively impact the lives of all people.
David Wood and the greatness of early music
Kolby and Jesse (minus Ryan, he was sick!) sit down and interview David Wood, a professor at Kansas State University who specializes in early music, historically informed performance practices, and is an expert on medieval Gaelic music, to discuss the importance of early music, the nuances of performing early music, and how early music still has a positive effect on music today.
(Part 2) Tips for your first audition: confidence, honesty, and general pro tips
Kolby, Jesse, and Ryan continue their discussion on their tips for auditions, with this second installment of the two-part series being all about their generalized tips for having a successful audition, as well as their thoughts on performer confidence, transparency, and preparation so that one might be able to have a better shot at landing that gig they've always wanted.
(Part 1) Tips for your first audition: conservatory or state school?
Kolby, Jesse, and Ryan discuss their philosophies for preparing for auditions, should an undergraduate student go for the conservatory degree or the state school degree, and managing performance anxiety. This is a two-part series on the topic!
Are music degrees worth it?
Kolby, Jesse, and Ryan share their opinions on whether music degrees are worth the time, effort, and money, while also talking through some common mistakes folks make when selecting music degrees and how to optimize their options. The trio also create a list of the best to the worst undergraduate music degrees using the popular "S-tier" ranking system.
Back in action: what it means to be a professional musician
After a hiatus of almost 2 years, Musically Inclined is back in action with Kolby Van Camp and Jesse Kaiser, as well as new co-host Ryan Hernandez. The trio discuss new beginnings, what it means to be a professional musician, and the importance of doing what you love while making smart decisions.
Music composition with Alex Wakim
Kolby and Jesse have their first guest ever on the show - Kolby's friend and colleague, Alex Wakim. The trio discuss Alex's life as a film composer in New York City, how the cultural background of an individual can greatly influence their music, and Alex's new album, Dust and Ions.
How to start composing
Kolby and Jesse discuss their keys to success for first-time composers and composition enthusiasts.
Notation software and optimizing your workflow
Kolby and Jesse break down the music notation software Musescore, Sibelius, Finale, and Dorico, discussing their pros and cons while also breaking down work-station optimization.
Building relationships as a professional musician
Creating relationships is key in a community like music where getting a job could be directly relate to who you do and do not know. Kolby and Jesse discuss their "keys to success" regarding the do's and don'ts of self promotion, networking, and forming professional relationships as composers.
The composition process
Kolby and Jesse break down their processes for writing music, discuss how to talk about music, and what life is like as a composer.