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Jay C. Batzner is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches theory, composition, and technology courses as well as coordinates the composition program. He holds degrees in composition and/or theory from the University of Missouri Kansas City, the University of Louisville, and the University of Kansas.

Jay's music is primarily focused around instrumental chamber works as well as electroacoustic composition. His music has been recorded on the Capstone, Vox Novus, and Beauport Classical labels and is published by Unsafe Bull Music.

Jay is a sci-fi geek, an amateur banjoist, a home brewer, and juggler.





3/29/2007
Hypocrisy - now with correct spelling!

I have been facing my own hypocrisy lately.

Example 1: I tell a student (actually a few) not to just repeat a single patter over and over. It smells of "drag and drop Mass Mover" Finale. Repeated patterns are fine, nothing wrong with them catagorically, but there needs to be some kind of active change happening to sustain interest.

Let's just forget that in my piano piece I have the player repeat a 1 bar pattern about 20 times. Or the end of my trumpet piece that just repeats the same 2 notes ad lib for who know how long.

Example 2: I complain to my wife that I've been copying a piece (not my own) that has no places for page turns in the parts. I manage to create page turns, but the music does not naturally have elegant spots for turns.

The score I just finished today? You guess it. Everyone will have to read from the score and, say it with me, there are NO good page turns for ANYONE. I'm going to work on it today and tomorrow and see if I can fix that.

Now, I can justify my hypocrisy in each instance. This post isn't about that. Is the nature of hypocrisy simple a matter of being human or does it come from teaching? I know I'm not the only guilty soul out there. We all say "I don't like x" and eventually we do something that seems like we liked "x" all along.

Discuss.