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Work With Me

There are endless ways to be a composer. What’s your way?

Do you need a structured yet flexible schedule for your creative life?

Regular one-on-one, personalized encouragement in the form of practical tips for generating or revising work, and securing performances?

Empathetic, rigorous feedback?

Do you have a composition or project in progress, and want another set of ears and eyes on your work?

Are you feeling stuck creatively or professionally, and would like to explore possible solutions?

I offer a flexible, client-centered range of consulting services, from general feedback to intensive and dedicated coaching designed to jump-start your creativity and launch your work into the world.

I pride myself on thorough and compassionate attention to your work and your goals. Whether you are composing for orchestra or ocarina, building homemade instruments or making electronic music, I’m here to help you find your footing.

This “Combo Plate” consulting experience may include any or all of the following options:

Composition Lessons (beginner to advanced)

In addition to topics such as form and structure, orchestration, and notation, we will address issues such as:

  • Methods for creating emotional impact in music
  • Techniques for generating musical material that are fun and creative
  • Incorporating elements such as improvisation or electronic music into a work
  • Developing a creative practice that feels playful and satisfying

Career guidance tailored to the individual’s specific goals, addressing topics such as:

  • Royalties (ASCAP/BMI)
  • Networking
  • Self-publishing
  • Generating performances & commissions
  • Contracts and negotiations
  • Developing income streams
  • Grant seeking and preparation
  • Finances for the self-employed

Communication skills

  • Writing professional emails, including cold pitching
  • Effective writing for grant applications and proposals
  • How to manage a collaborative project or partner
  • How to manage that rehearsal of your music like a rock star

Digital Media Training (beginner to advanced)

  • Online portfolio evaluation/feedback/presentation
  • Audio recording/editing/mixing (DAW)
  • Website evaluation/feedback

Why should you work with me?

I have been working as a self-published freelance composer for over 25 years. I have composed commissioned works for a major symphony orchestra, symphonic bands, professional chamber ensembles, solo performers, and electronic music. I’ve collaborated with choreographers, animators, and visual artists. My music is recorded on multiple albums and is performed across the U.S. and internationally. I have residencies with colleges, universities, and music festivals. I have an incredible community of musicians who I love working with.

I have also worked extensively in audio production, digital media, and teaching/training for organizations such as National Public Radio and New Music USA. I have managed projects and people and have a talent for troubleshooting and for connecting people to assistance and resources that are impactful for their professional lives.

If this is you, you should work with me:

  • A composer or creator looking for focused support bringing a specific work to fruition, fine-tuning their working methods or jump-starting their work and career.
  • A composer or creator wanting to pivot and change their work or career.
  • A musician returning to composing after years away.
  • A musician who has never composed music but would like to start.
  • A non-musician interested in making music or exploring creative sound-making techniques.
  • A recent grad who’s ready to tackle the “real world” professionally.
  • An ambitious student who wants laser-focused personal attention on their music and career goals.


  • Rapid progress as a result of customized coaching.
  • External accountability.
  • Access to subject matter expertise and resources.
  • A positive, supportive space to dig in, work hard, and get stuff done.


You will receive a free 30-minute introductory phone or videoconference call to identify your goals and ensure that working together will be a productive experience for you.


3-month Coaching Program

Typically includes (per month):

  • Two 1:1 video-conference/phone calls
  • Two rounds of content consultation (music/recordings/written materials) including edits and comments
  • Homework assignments
  • Personalized listening/reading/watching recommendations
  • Career guidance tailored to your specific goals

Music Consultation

Do you want general advice or feedback on a composition or project?
Have a single, focused issue that you would like to discuss?
A short-term consultation may be just what you need.

Please contact Alexandra to schedule an introductory call at alex [at] alexandragardner [dot] net.