I encourage my students to find their own voice. Writing music is easy. Writing well-crafted music is related to skill and talent. To learn the techniques of composition, it is necessary for teachers to put their ego aside and make a clear connection to the heart and mind of the student. The craft will then be more readily absorbed.
We are not writing for ourselves alone. I went into music, especially the composing end, to share my experiences and emotions with fellow musicians and an audience. I hope to teach my students the same thing.
It is important to be clear and straightforward. The training of composers should be geared to the practical situations they will encounter in their careers---be it the commercial or non-commercial areas of music. Otherwise, the point of composition is lost.