Discussion with a radiologist last night about studying music theory, composition, and rules of part writing. Turns out this gentlemen studied music as a double major in college and we spent most of our conversation pondering one question he presented. As such, "If one had studied theory, composition, sight signing, ear training and all that encompasses, then one unconsciously uses the rules unless the consciously diverts from what he or she studied while composing new music, yes?
Fortunately, either one of us came to a solid conclusion yet I will say if you ponder this question you begin to question whether or not you really use or you really break the rules when composing. My feeling is one can break the rules but one cannot break them unless one has complete knowledge of how to use them and manipulate the rules. And that's just it isn't it? We actually "manipulate" the rules to achieve our goal and not really "break" them?
Naturally, I wanted to share this with you and get your perspective. Let's Rock!