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    Letter of recommendation required?

    So I want to submit a piece I've written to the American Composers Forum annual music competition ( http://www.mitchmanthe.net/~All/music/Transitions.mp3 )but one of the submission requests is a letter of recommendation from a composition teacher or music professional, neither of which I know or have ever talked to. Since I compose all my music by ear (the old "Music Composition for Dummies" method) I've never discussed any of my works with composition teachers or other music professionals other than put my works on this forum site. So do I quick hunt down a composition teacher/music professional and hope they have the time to review my work or just go ahead and submit my work and hope they will at least look/listen to it? Being the do-it-yourself type of person I am, I'm leaning towards just submitting it and hope for the best... I suppose I could always ask the ACF for advice...
    Any thoughts?
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    Re: Letter of recommendation required?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Manthe View Post
    So I want to submit a piece I've written to the American Composers Forum annual music competition ( http://www.mitchmanthe.net/~All/music/Transitions.mp3 )but one of the submission requests is a letter of recommendation from a composition teacher or music professional, neither of which I know or have ever talked to. Since I compose all my music by ear (the old "Music Composition for Dummies" method) I've never discussed any of my works with composition teachers or other music professionals other than put my works on this forum site. So do I quick hunt down a composition teacher/music professional and hope they have the time to review my work or just go ahead and submit my work and hope they will at least look/listen to it? Being the do-it-yourself type of person I am, I'm leaning towards just submitting it and hope for the best... I suppose I could always ask the ACF for advice...
    Any thoughts?
    If the requirements for submission demand a letter of recommendation, then your piece may get tossed without one, and without even a listen.

    If there is a local university or college music school or studio with professionals that you trust, contact them and see what you can work out. I'm sure there are many on this board who would give your stuff a listen and write you a letter. Contacting the ACF is a good idea as well - but I am not experienced with their organization.

    Best of luck!

    PS I just noticed that you are in Minnesota. Contact Schmidt music in Minneapolis - they probably know of several people who could help.
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