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UNC School of the Arts (NCSA)

Music Excerpts

Teaching: Music Tech I

Teaching: Music Tech II

Software and Hardware

Software:                        Hardware:

Finale                               Sweetwater  

Sibelius                            Akai 

Reason                             Yamaha

Pro Tools                          Korg

Cubase                             Roland

Ableton                            Behringer

Mixcraft                           Tascam

Garrintan                         Musicians Friend 

Project Video I

Project Video II

Dr. Louis Mennini: 1st Year Comp. Teacher at UNCSA

Dr. Robert Ward: 2nd Year Comp. Teacher at UNCSA




Dr. Robert Ward's Pulitzer Prize Opera, "The Crucible". Dr. Ward was President and later Chancellor (1967-74) of the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) when I attended the performing arts conservatory as a high school composition student. He was also my composition teacher when I attended college at the university as a composition major. See the recent video (on left) about this unique performing arts conservatory.

This site is a degree required electronic portfolio containing coursework such as music, scores, audio visual projects as well as my resume. All of this needed to be completed during my studies at Indiana University's, Jacob's School of Music, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for the Masters of Science in Music Technology degree.

Music Technology is technology involved in the musical arts, in particular the use of electronic devices and computer software to facilitate composing, performance, recording, playback and storage. This website, which I created, and its multimedia content such as the music included in the video projects are examples of the types of technology involved. The excerpts to the left are from computer-generated compositions that I composed for class projects in 2007.


Additionally, this site is inclusive of professional and teaching experience in the area of music technology and business administration. Examples of my classroom experience and interaction with students in after-school clubs and projects are also included.


Special thanks to my loving wife, Marcia, and to Dr. Howard Swyer, (click on his name to view his bio) a former classmate for his contribution to the graduate performance of one of my compositions, Project Video II, featured on this site.


Binns Family Portrait after Commencement in Indianapolis' RCA Dome on May 13, 2007. This is the home stadium to the Superbowl Champions, Indianapolis Colts. I remain a staunch Pittsburgh Steeler's fan despite now being an Idianapolis Hoosier! Also, please visit: Larry and Marcia's Personal Website and a companion website to this electronic portfolio that was a segment of my final project.

Commencement and Reception Video


"Innovative music has always been inextricably linked to technology. The Pythagoreans set scales in accordance with their mathematical concepts of harmony in nature, Mozart wrote groundbreaking concertos centered around the newly invented piano, and The Beatles completely changed the face of popular music by pioneering almost every modern recording technique.


Today we live in a world of nearly unlimited computing power and connectivity, and, in light of this technological landscape, it should come as no surprise that the most vibrant field of musical creativity lies in the world of electronic music...." -Huff Post, Music and Technology, February 13, 2014.


Despite the realization of the sentiments expressed above, I am still motivated by the words of Dr. Robert Ward spoken to me during my freshman year as a composition major at the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA):


“It is better to write a single simple but inspired tune that will survive the ages than to write an entire catalogue of intellectual music that is not remembered beyond the instance it is performed. Larry, always remember that music is more art than science and that composing is to be a venture nurtured by inspiration and not a scientific experiment plotted with complex schemes and formulas.”


Additionally, never far from my consciousness is the counsel of my first composition teacher and the Dean of the School of Music at NCSA (UNCSA) in 1970, Dr. Louis A. Mennini, given during my senior year in high school when I explored composing with twelve-tone techniques:


“Compose from the heart, not the head!”