Level 1: Curiosity Edition
- Suitable for middle school; early years of high school (ages 11–16)
The masterclass consists of two main sections. The first is a 12 part video series in which Eric distills the entire creative process, from the moment of inspiration to the final note. These chapters are intended to run sequentially. The second section is called “Things I’ve Learned”, a compilation of wisdom Eric has received throughout his career from teachers, mentors, and his own life experience.
Within the course curriculum, you’ll have access to 15 perusal scores (including choral, band and orchestral), reference sheets and useful links. In addition, there are extensive Teacher and Student Guides, written by Emily Crocker and Dr Christopher Peterson, which can be previewed ahead of enrollment.
Look I made a hat
Where there never was a hat.
— Stephen Sondheim, Sunday in the Park with George
Creating something from nothing is a messy business, and in this masterclass we’ll dive deep into the mess. I’ll break down every part of my creative process, including all the important work done before the first note is written. I’ll go into great detail as to how I construct my music, building deep structure through emotional architecture and golden bricks. I’ll talk at length about how I deal with inspiration, writer’s block, deadlines, poetry, word painting, dissonance, and silence.
Above all, I hope the course will be a useful tool for anyone who longs to bring new ideas to life, to make a hat where there never was a hat.
A comprehensive series of Teacher and Student Guides has been prepared to support the use of The Beautiful Mess in education. Written by Emily Crocker and Dr Christopher Peterson, there are three editions available dependent on the experience and ability of the students.
The Beautiful Mess is available to individuals as well as for use in education.
The group access option is available to use in the classroom, as part of a blended learning programme and for choruses and ensembles.
* If you would like to discuss a price point for a school district or different number of users, please email [email protected]
The Beautiful Mess is also available from the following retailers:
11am PT | 2pm ET | 7pm GMT
This session is open to anyone enrolled in The Beautiful Mess.
...so many different perspectives on music, art, creativity, and even existential aspects of life as a creative — it was a truly special experience for everyone...Dr. Steven M. Sano, Professor, Stanford University (US)
Eric is blessed with the gift of communication that enables him to bring us behind the curtain into his creative process and inspire us.Paul Thomson, Spitfire Audio
Our young composers were completely engaged and inspired by Eric’s teaching and his accessible grace. Many have tapped into their new-found creativity and gone on to write exciting new pieces of music as a direct result of their time with him.Dorothy Gates, Salvation Army