The First Graduate

Usually, my blog posts live around interval theory, efficiency, or productivity in creating music. Well, this time, I want to take a different route.

I’ve spent the last weekend in Paris, France. (It was the 4th weekend in August 2019.) Not only for the fun of it but also to honor the first official graduate from our Academy. He lives in Paris and deserves some recognition because of all the hard work, time, and effort that he has put into his development, musically and personally. Well, and he made it through all of the 56 lessons of the MITA Composition Course and received his ‘Master Composer Certificate‘ from our Academy! I’m talking about Marc Bercovitz!

He started with MITA as a CIT (composer in training) 2 years ago. During that journey, we indeed became friends. So, I want to write this blog post as a tribute to Marc, one of the most developed writers and orchestrators that I know and a real, loyal friend.

Marc started the course in August 2017. He was very experienced in the Diatonic System already and knew how to compose music (within the Diatonic frame). However, when he came to our Academy, he told me that ‘something’ was missing for him and he is curious about what we teach.

Pretty quickly, it became apparent to me that he was a hard worker. He never missed an assignment, and he never missed one of our teaching sessions. At around this time, TC and I were still writing on the Composition Course. I had to confess to Marc sometimes that I hadn’t even finished a new lesson yet and we had to postpone our session.

Please don’t get me wrong; this is not a complaint. I’m rather thankful that Marc pushed me so hard because otherwise, the course would not be finished by today. Well, I believe it’s an advantage to have somebody in mind when you create those teaching materials.

Of course, we didn’t ‘invent’ those lessons for Marc on the fly, but he motivated us to flesh out text explanations and musical examples to our existing lesson ideas. Sometimes, it wasn’t easy as we were building the membership simultaneously, together with a new website.

When I look back, I’m very thankful that Marc always was so self-motivated and curious to see new interval material. He couldn’t wait to turn these into action. And this actually brings me to Marc’s number one secret when it comes to creating great music! I hope he doesn’t mind if I gave this secret away right now!

Are you ready? Ok, here we go! Marc gets asked from community members to share ‘his musical secrets’ very often and even more regularly during the last few months. You might wonder, how do I know? Because most of them came to TC and me first and asked the same questions. And if there were any secrets at all, it would be the following:

“Nothing beats hard work! You simply have to sit down and write actual music! No excuses!” – Marc Bercovitz

Because of his newly-achieved writing abilities, Marc also became one of the most sought-after instructors at our Academy, especially to people who want to study in French. Within only a few months, he started a new generation of CITs. Marc is 100% dedicated to passing on his point of view, his experience, and his way of looking at music in general!

To end this article, I’d like to share a few of his recent compositions with you. Marc was so kind as to make all of his scores and sketches available inside the membership as well! This opens up an excellent opportunity to study and analyze his works and even ask questions.

If you are feeling ready to take your own writing abilities to the next step, then our Academy is the best place for you!

I personally invite you to join us!

Marc, you did a fantastic job, and MITA is very happy to congratulate you to your graduation from the bottom of our hearts!

Best always,
Frank

About the Author

Frank Herrlinger

Frank is the co-founder of Music Interval Theory Academy (M.I.T.A.) and a professional composer working in the industry for over 10 years. He wrote music for numerous video games published for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. His music is also constantly heard on German television (RTL, Pro7, VOX, etc.), in commercials, and trailers.

Furthermore, he gives live training sessions in composition and how to use interval theory inside the membership every month.