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 […]
A few weeks ago, I shared the absolutely best place for free printable blank sheet music. And, now I have one better. A place for FREE online music notation!
It’s time for another ear training exercise! This one is in the key of F (one flat: a B flat) and it starts on a B flat. All you have to do is listen to this melody and transcribe it (write it out) on a piece of paper or your favorite music notation program. Then, […]
In 2012, I started a new point system with my students. Not like grades, just points for cool stuff. And, if you’re my student and you figure out this exercise, you’ll get 20 points!
Whether you are trying your skills at one of my ear training exercises or wanting to write your own music, you should definitely have this resource on hand. Of course, you can buy a book from your music store with blank staff paper, but what if you are all out and your music store is […]
If you understand what you are playing, you can play a whole lot better. Ear training is a great way to help with that. All you are going to do is listen to the melody below and attempt to write it out on a piece of paper or in your favorite music notation program.
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 […]