The composition faculty of Michigan State University has described Michael Goodman’s music as dramatic, humorous, and energetic. He views composition as a communicative tool that enhances his ideas– both musical and philosophical. Goodman’s music stems from personal experiences of his own or close friends. He creates music that is organic by including acting, speech, humor, and drama. Goodman is also known to combine various genres such as rock, jazz, and classical music to create a musical space that is uniquely expressive and authentic.
Goodman’s compositions have been performed throughout North America, U.K., Portugal, Hong Kong, 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, Cacophonie, 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.