Hilton Kean Jones


This site provides a catalog of my compositions with links to their scores and, for many of the pieces, links where you can stream recordings of them. It also has a blog that talks about my pieces, some random thoughts about life and music, and a series of posts about how to write music.

As you can see from my picture, I’ve been around a long time. 30+ years of my life were spent teaching composition students in a university school of music. Even longer was spent composing music myself. I never made it to “Rich and Famous,” but I did make it to “Writing Music I Really Believe In,” which is a worthy goal, and the one I wish for you if you are a composer.

A few words before you read on:

  • The posts on the website that talk about how to write music teach what I think you really NEED to know. That doesn’t include a lot of the theoretical stuff you’re “supposed to know.” (Yes, those are sarcasm quote marks.)
  • In these posts, I hope to teach you how to write intuitive, non-intellectual music, like what you might hear as the theme for a movie.
  • Posts are in no particular order of importance. Skip around freely. I wrote them when I felt like writing them. Maybe someday I’ll organize them. All the posts about how to write music are under the How To category.

So if you’re okay with all that, then we’re good to go.

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