I have been (trying to) write celtic tunes. I've been completely inspired by "Music For Two" (Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer), and have been thinking about Irish Flute and Double Bass compositions ever since, as my friend plays flute and pipes. So far I have begun each tune on paper, and then taken to an instrument, either my bass, or my friend's flute, to find out how exactly it sounds. I can't sight sing, though I do have a general idea of what the tune sounds like before I actually hear it. How do teachers in music school go about teaching composition? Other than writing down notes that seem coherent, and then finding out what it sounds like, I really don't know how to go about it. Also, any book recommendations/suggestions are more than welcome. I'm decently advanced with music theory (maybe the advanced side of intermediate), so I don't think that is what I need, but I also don't know. Any advice is much appreciated!