The composition faculty of Michigan State University has described Michael Goodman’s (ASCAP) music as dramatic, humorous, and energetic. Goodman composes by combining various styles of
music. Goodman’s influences range from György Ligeti, Jaco Pastorius, to Frank Zappa. With a
diverse combination of styles, Goodman composes with the objective of creating a “bridge”
between the music of artistic value and audiences of all ages based on relativity.
Goodman’s compositions have been performed throughout the U.S., U.K., Portugal, and Croatia
by musicians, ensembles and festivals such as Sarah Lewis - 2nd oboist at Detroit Symphony
Orchestra, Eddie Goodman - assistant professor of saxophone at University of Arizona, Kelsey
Tamayo, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Musique 21, University of the Pacific, The Great
Noise Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, Mise-en Festival, and Charlotte New Music Festival.
Goodman’s Test Drive was the winner of the New Music Ensemble Category in the Michigan
State University Honors Composition Competition and his Piano was nominated as a finalist for
the Keene State College Call for Scores event.
Goodman received his Master of Music degree and his Bachelor of Music degree in music
composition at Michigan State University while studying under Ricardo Lorenz, Jere Hutcheson,
Charles Ruggiero, and Mark Sullivan. Goodman has also studied under Joel Hoffman, Armando
Bayolo, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, David Dzubay, Kieran MacMillan, and Marc
Mellits. In addition, Goodman received his Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration at
Florida State University.
Goodman currently resides in Lansing, MI as a composer/arts administration freelancer.