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Congratulations are due

My daughter was part of the winning choir in their category at Young Prague 2014 last month. The announcement that the winning choir was “all the way from Canada” set off a storm of excited screams. Congratulations to the William Aberhart High … Continue reading

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Tough Teachers Get Results (finally, some common sense)

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
“I had a teacher who once called his students ‘idiots’ when they screwed up…he made us rehearse until our fingers almost bled. He corrected our wayward hands and arms by poking at us with…

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Wednesday Question: Why Don’t Parents Support Piano Lessons?

Originally posted on Susan Paradis' Piano Teacher Resources:
Dear Susan. I am so frustrated. Why do parents put students in piano lessons but do not support me as a teacher? They don’t practice, miss lessons, and even come to lessons…

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Music from the head

Debatable, this one is. But it does explain Rachmaninoff’s late romanticism vis à vis the impressionists and expressionists. “The new kind of music seems to create not from the heart but from the head. Its composers think rather than feel. … Continue reading

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Aching. It’s good.

“If a violin string could ache, I would be that string.” ~Vladimir Nabokov _________________________________________________________ Image: via A Poet Reflects

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Early Duets

I’m not really thinking much about fall teaching yet. I’m still enjoying the summer  - hiking, running, gardening, reading, devouring books on Expressionist art. But because a friend asked, here are my picks for ensemble materials. For first- and second-year … Continue reading

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Renoir at work

A beautiful film of the great Impressionist painter Renoir at work. Helping him is his son; the other man in the film is Sacha Guitry, the man who made the film. Love the film. And I love the music – … Continue reading

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Poolside Piano Practice

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Fearlessly embrace things that seem odd

Vihart – the mathemusician – has done it again. A brilliant video that teaches, inspires, and makes you fall in love with something you never thought you would. Her video on the overtone series is required for my history students. … Continue reading

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Bits and pieces of you

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Sound Braid

A strangely comforting piece of polyphonic music by mathemusician Vihart, complete with visuals in the form of doodling. You might even pick up one or two tidbits of math. For more of her videos, check out her YouTube channel.

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Brahms was Chilean

Originally posted on Bibliolore:
To honor Brahms’s 180th birthday, let’s recall the article about his birthplace that ignited a musicological firestorm! In “Brahms era chileno” (Pauta: Cuadernos de teoría y crítica musical, no. 63 [July-Sept 1997] pp. 39–44), the Argentine composer…

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