364: Meet Our TopMusicSheets Composer for May – Jared Abel

In this comeback episode of the TopCast, I’m excited to welcome listeners back and express my gratitude for your support and excitement to reconnect. Today, we’re having a chat with Jared Metzger Abel, our TopMusicSheets’ composer for the month of May with his diverse musical background and teaching experience. Jared shares insights into his composition process, the use of rote teaching methods, and his inspiration for creating pedagogical pieces. He also discusses his collaboration with Albert, TopMusic’s publishing coordinator, and offers advice for aspiring composers contributing to TopMusicSheets. Don’t miss this insightful conversation with Jared, filled with tips and inspiration for music educators and composers alike.

  • Jared expresses gratitude for being featured as the TopMusicSheets’ composer for May.
  • Tim highlights the diverse styles and levels of Jared’s compositions, particularly suitable for teens and adults.
  • Jared’s process for choosing pieces, aiming to cover various levels and genres.
  • The use of rote teaching methods, particularly with rhythm, before transitioning to piano.
  • Jared shares his experience working with Albert, TopMusic’s publishing coordinator, praising his knowledge and flexibility.
  • His background in music, including his experience teaching and studying voice and piano.
  • His early childhood teaching experience and its influence on his approach to composing pedagogical pieces.
  • How his compositions are often inspired by student struggles and aimed at teaching specific concepts or techniques.
  • Jared’s advice for composers contributing to TopMusicSheets.
  • Some of his favorite composers and influences.

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Today’s Guest

Jared Abel has twenty-nine years of teaching experience, both as a general music teacher and a private piano and voice instructor. He work with students of all ages at his studio, The Metzger School of Music, in Chicago, Illinois. His education includes over thirty-five years of study with professional and concert pianists, a bachelor’s degree in music education, a master’s degree in vocal pedagogy, a certification in Orff early childhood music, and postgraduate studies in music composition. As a composer, he draws from my experiences as a soloist and member of many instrumental, choral, and orchestral ensembles. He enjoys studying and experimenting with various genres. He also find teaching to be a constant source of inspiration for his writing.

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