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"In teaching composition, I seek to guide aspiring composers as they work to realize their own compositional voice amid a barrage of musical voices. My teaching of composition is as varied as the students I've met. My role is to provide more than encouragement; it is to give them experience with various techniques and concepts because as artists they cannot predict what they will want to communicate. I hope to free them from the limitations of narrow experience. As educated composers they will be far more liberated to make the choices that help them discover and hone their own sensibilities."
"Teaching is a dynamic endeavor, as is creative work. I come to the classroom with energy because I am actively engaged in creating music; I, too, am responsible for my own motivation, discipline, and artistic quest, and can relate directly to the students' endeavors, both artistically and practically."