I have previously mentioned the amazing music technology available to quickly and affordably get started writing music. But, if putting notes on paper still seems a bit too daunting for you, there is another option. A couple years ago, then 5-year-old Jordan Bijan recorded a video with the solution. He shows how simple it is […]
Update: Season 2 is on now! Check out all new episodes Sundays at 8pm on NBC. Update 2: NBC has removed a number of episode clips from YouTube, so I can no longer claim to have the full collection. I will keep the below playlist up-to-date as best as possible with all available videos from […]
In truth, I can’t say that I have ever heard a piece of music played flawlessly, exactly as it was written, without even the tiniest of error. However, I have heard many perfect performances. The music was played exactly as intended. I was overwhelmingly absorbed in the music. Any technical errors made were utterly and […]
You have heard it said, “practice makes perfect”. It’s a saying that holds a lot of weight and engages our compelling, yet ultimately insatiable desire to be perfect. More simply put: we want to be perfect, so we practice. However, there are two dangerous myths lurking within this statement that consistently hold us back. Time […]
As an instructor who teaches students of all ages, I have truly come to appreciate the value of learning music at any age. The beauty of music is that it is such a broad concept, beyond just learning an instrument. Anyone can learn music, regardless of talent, intellect, maturity, or attention span.
It seems as though I’m a little late to the game on this song as it was part of the Hunger Games soundtrack (a movie I still have yet to see), but when I first heard this song I had to share it. “Safe and Sound” has a very delightful mix of Celtic-style tunes blended […]
The following is one of my favorite videos from TED of all time. Benjamin Zander, renowned conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, speaks on passion in music. I especially love his explanation of impulses in music and how he describes the intricacy of music.
Photo by nosha on Flickr. When I began teaching, I taught music lessons without any sort of method for evaluating how my students were doing. I always wanted my students to enjoy music lessons as the “fun” extra-curricular activity that it had always been for me (and I still want that for you, by the […]
Photo of Wynton Marsalis by Larry Johnson on Flickr I have to admit that, though I’m not an Apple user, I really have a deep respect for the company and especially for Steve Jobs, who is deeply missed. Beyond Steve’s inspiration and incredible innovation in the technology world, he also has great taste in music. […]
Photo of United States Marine Corps Marching Band at Rose Parade in Pasadena by Matthew Cline In honor of Veteran’s Day, I browsed through a collection of patriotic music videos to bring you one that I believe is: Extremely appropriate for a day in which we support our veteran troops Has a strong message about […]