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Building a Community On Patreon: IceRequiem Performs Creed of the Brotherhood

Posted on January 17, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

At the $4 pledge level on my Patreon page, I use my Facebook page (700+ likes), Google Plus profile (400+ followers), Twitter account (2,500+ followers), and my award-winning Music Education Blog to help promote a fellow Patreon creator's creation.

Today, I'd like to feature another cool creation by ‪#‎Patreon‬ creato...

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Quote Of The Day: Beethoven - To Play Without Passion Is Inexcusable

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable. - Beethoven

This week, I was in the audience for a middle school choral concert at another school. The selections performed with pedagogically sound, technically appropriate for the students' skill levels, and entertaining for both the students and the general audience. The pieces were well-rehearsed and perforne...

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Great Performances: Ole Edvard Antonsen Performs Bellstedt's Napoli

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (1)

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Ole Edvard Antonsen is a Finnish trumpet virtuoso who has performed with some of the world's most renown orchestras and jazz artists with equal aplomb. His performances g...

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PRACTICE ALL OF THE THINGS!

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

I made this meme to post of my band and strings moodle pages today. Our spring concert is earlier than ever this year, so they need to get to work! Teaching students HOW to practice on their own is as important as expecting them to do it. Trying to educate parents about how to help them make progress at home is even more of a challenge.

 

 

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Recommended Book: Conducting Concerti, A Technical And Interpretive Guide

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The University of North Texas Press has recently published Conducting Concerti, a Technical and Interpretive Guide by David Itkin. This masterf...

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Great Performances: Gustavo Dudamel & The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra Play Bernstein's Mambo

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Gustavo Dudamel

This particular recording has been floating around the internet for two years, but it continues to demonstrate Gustavo Dudamel's committment to making classical music more accessible to people of all walks of life. The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra is the top performing ensemble in the Venezuel...

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Morbo the Annihilator Demands Puny Humans to USE MORE BOW!

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Morbo sez USE MORE BOW!

Morbo the Annihilator is a recurring character from the Matt Groenig catroon series "Futurama" who resides in future Los Angeles and is the anchor of a show called "Entertainment and Earth Invasion Tonight." He typically refers to humans as "puny" and "inferior" and waits for the day he can annihilate us all.


I can't take credit for creat...

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Great Performances: Hong Kong Pure Strings Happy Birthday Variations

Posted on January 17, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I often seek out genre-appropriate videos of "Happy Birthday" to post to the Facebook walls of my musician friends. I typically find some very entertaining ones, but this one really stands out because of its skill and artistry as well as its entertainment value. The Hong Kong Pure Strings desecribe themselves as "Possessing the passion towards str...
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Music Teacher Tip: Repairing Common Problems In Cello, Violin, Viola, And String Bass Bodies

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (2)


I am in my seventh year teaching secondary strings. I'm a "band guy" whose primary instrument is the clarinet, so I have been learning about the "wonderful world of the wire choir" in on-the-job training. One of the things that all instrumental music teachers have to learn on the job is how to do basic maintenance and repairs on any and all instruments in their classroom. With time and experience, you be...
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Great Performances: John Williams Conducts His New Arrangement Of The Star-Spangled Banner

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)


I have shared two other versions of The Star-Spangled Banner on my blog before by the combined Academy Choirs from the four branches of the U.S. Armed Services along with the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and the stirring rendition by pop singer
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