A Playlist: 1920s-1940s vol 2, Home Library Series

Part One My mother has this old(wish) book of sheet music, which has, to my mind, an exciting trove of songs that were unknown to me, but popular hits in the early 20th century. Rather than just sightread the music, attempting to suss out each song’s character, I decided I’d try and look up theirContinue reading “A Playlist: 1920s-1940s vol 2, Home Library Series”

Listening Homework; Bach

Students will be learning about concertos for a bit in my piano studio. We will be using this book (pictured) and picking pieces therefrom. To start, we will be listening to the Bradenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach. There are six concertos, so it’s a fairly long listen, but some of them are quite short. NoticeContinue reading “Listening Homework; Bach”

Check out this great explanation of Trap music on PBS!

PBS has more to offer than you’d think. In this video, you learn the components of a trap beat (and how to emulate) as well as the genre’s history. Great ten minutes to spend!

Google Doodle on Bernstein!

Reprinted from Google Doodles: Happy 100th birthday to American music icon Leonard Bernstein! The youngest conductor ever to lead the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, he was also the first U.S. conductor to gain international renown, leading a 1953 performance of ‘Medea’ at La Scala in Milan, Italy’s foremost opera house. The son of RussianContinue reading “Google Doodle on Bernstein!”

How to Kick The Blues, or, A Chance Meeting with a Living Louisiana Music Legend.

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for me and, I think, for a lot of people.  One day recently, I had a meeting that was really demoralizing and left me in a total funk where nothing would spark my interest.   Fortunately, the next morning, I had my own piano lesson (a two-hour workout onContinue reading “How to Kick The Blues, or, A Chance Meeting with a Living Louisiana Music Legend.”

Best thing I’ve seen all day. Flash Chorus!

Not to overly spoil the surprise, but the following video depicts a random group of people bursting into “Va Pensiero” at a mall.  Well-worth watching. Couldn’t stop smiling. Who knew there were flash choruses?  I NEED to participate in one ASAP. In other news, this is the article from which I got the video.  ApparentlyContinue reading “Best thing I’ve seen all day. Flash Chorus!”

Free Beethoven Composer Quiz

My students have been learning about Beethoven in lessons recently and I’ve had several of them read the short Beethoven biography from MakingMusicFun.net. To accompany this lesson, I’ve created a little quiz on Beethoven based on the bio the students were given above.  I’ve used it at a lesson the week following having them readContinue reading “Free Beethoven Composer Quiz”

Van Cliburn, RIP

Van Cliburn died this morning of bone cancer.  He is most well known for winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 23 (in 1958) at the height of the Cold War. Here he is performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1: Here is the media coverage of his 1958 win ofContinue reading “Van Cliburn, RIP”

New Portrait of Mozart Identified

I thought that I had posted this article a week ago, but I found it today, sitting in my draft photos.  So here we go. Researchers have confirmed that an 18th century portrait is that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The portrait is notable because it depicts him gazing directly at the viewer and sans whiteContinue reading “New Portrait of Mozart Identified”

One of my piano students is learning the Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata first movement.  This is one of those “classical pop” hits that I never wanted to play when I was studying, considering them a little too plebian somehow for me.  So it’s as thought I’m learning it for the first time too as he learnsContinue reading

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