Category Archives: Theory

No apps for me. Here’s why.

It started with Natalie. Her blog, Music Matters, has been around for awhile. What a treasure trove when I discovered it – 5 years ago maybe? I must have bumped up her hits substantially clicking on pretty much every category … Continue reading

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Composers refuse to be bound by rules

“Some people will perhaps wonder why I have undertaken to write about music, there being so many works by outstanding men who have treated the subject most thoroughly and learnedly; and more especially, why I should be doing so just … Continue reading

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“Rule” should be a four-letter word

Ersatz: being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation. (Merriam-Webster) “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” This quote by Debussy was Wednesday’s post. I didn’t think a lot about it – just wanted … Continue reading

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Theory exams when the student is ready

Imagine. Writing a theory exam when the student is ready – and at their convenience. Not being tied to those May/August/Dec or Jan scheduled exams. One more reason to choose Conservatory Canada as an exam system in Canada. New are … Continue reading

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Okay. I’ll share my secret.

None of my students ever get the interval of a minor sixth wrong on the ear test portion of the exams. Ever. Forget the sappy Love Story tune. So not appealing to anyone under the age of 40. Maybe even … Continue reading

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You don’t have to understand music…

…to enjoy music. A warm, inspiring video about the enjoyment of music. A reminder to those of us who teach to not let the theoretical stuff crowd out the love and beauty and joy. _________________________________________________________ Thank you to pianoaddict for … Continue reading

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Yes. I’m the geek.

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Before you hit pause…

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Slow down, guys

Ritardando [It.; abbr. rit., ritard.]. Gradually slowing in speed, also indicated by rallentando. Ritenuto properly calls for immediate reduction in speed. (Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music) Image: A Composer’s Thoughts

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The stratospheric note

I learned a new word this week. Apogee: n. 1┬áthe point in a celestial body’s orbit where it is furthest from the earth. 2 the most distant or highest point. apogean adj… away from earth. (Oxford) “…she had herself learned … Continue reading

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Do I deserve to play a game?

One of my new students is insatiably curious. He catches on instantly and is able to extend(?) his knowledge and transfer(?) – infer(?) – extrapolate(?) the new bits of information (there’s an educational term for this – it escapes me). … Continue reading

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Jaws and Trills

Friday night, with my daughter, I watched Jaws for the first time in my life. It came out when I was in my teens and simply everybody went to see it – standing in line-ups that went around the block … Continue reading

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