Tonight, students will perform the songs they have transcribed over the Summer. They chose the songs they wanted to learn, so you’ll hear pieces like: The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini on clarinet complete with an improvised solo! Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter by John Williams A cartoon theme song – We Bare Bears Chim […]
Just a short post today. John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer, was born Sept. 23, 1926. To celebrate his contribution to jazz, here are two of my favorite tunes by him: Naima. A soulful, tender ballad. My Favorite Things. Up-tempo jazz waltz of this song from The Sound of Music.
When I wrote 21 of the Best Quotes about Music last month, you responded with some of your own wonderful quotes about music. Thanks for your input. There’s such diversity in your responses, too. This one, for example, came from a fortune cookie: Music is the Divine’s way to tell beautiful things to the soul. Thanks […]
For several days last week, one song played over and over in my head. It’s called an ear worm, right? Anita and I had watched the 1967 movie version of the musical, Camelot. We watched about 40 minutes at a time. Since it’s a 3+ hour movie, it took us about 5 sittings to watch the […]
My Dad has been gone almost six years. He was an affectionate father, attentive mentor, and learned teacher. When I published my music method Truly FUNdamentals in 2011, the summer after he died, I dedicated it to him. This year as I approach the anniversary of his birth and death (Sept. 11 and Sept. 21), I […]
Concert Checklist Buy your tickets! Make plans with friends. Listen! Attend the show. Buy Your Tickets Of course you’ve got to get your tickets to the show. And the bigger the act, the earlier you have to get them it seems. Have you seen those ads? “Tickets will go on sale for Adele’s concert (12 […]
I’ve been collecting music quotes for a few years. I come across something I like and I stash it in Evernote. Awesome. Today’s post is dedicated to the je ne sais quoi of music and creativity. Here are 21 of the best quotes about music. Who said it. What they said. Robert Schumann To send light […]
Last week’s topic of having a life song triggered some great discussions with friends and family. Betcha Can’t Pick Just One One point that came up repeatedly was how difficult it is to pick a life song. As Jenn put it, “I have many life songs! A song that defined my single digit years, another […]