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Thomas J. West Music

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Thomas J. West Email Updates and RSS

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I got my first web-based email account on Yahoo in 1998. It is hard to believe that my primary personal email account has been online for almost 20 years! As I have found with many web-based tools, I tend to be on the front edge of things, and the tools and services I use sometimes become outdated. I continue to use them, however, because the monumental task of migrati...

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Harness the Power of the Online Learning Community at Musical U

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I haven't done a review article in about 3 years, but this was a great opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Musical U is an online music theory and ear training website that contains learning and practice materials as well as a vibrant learning community of professional and amateur musicians. The site is designed with the self-taught amateur musician in mind, bu...
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Back to School Savings for Online Music Lessons

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Back to School Savings for Online Music Lessons

It's that time of year again. Since 2008, I have been teaching private music lessons online, and every August, I offer a special deal for band, orchestra, vocal, piano, theory, and composition students who are getting ready to start their schoo...

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Thomas West Joins the Presenters for the 2015 K12 Online Conference

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Thomas West Joins the Presenters for the 2015 K12 Online Conference

I am pleased to announce that I will be one of the presenters for this year's K12 Online Conference, which for 2015 is entitled "Virtually ...
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Elgar Nimrod Clarinet Quartet Video Now Available

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Elgar 'Nimrod Clarinet Quartet by Thomas J. West

In addition to the videos I have on YouTube that showcase my original compositions, I am enjoying bringing several public doma...

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Announcement: DCI Trial Judging for 2015

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I am pleased to announce that I will be volunteering this summer as a trial judge for Drum Corps International, moving into the judging roster for the 2016 season.


I moved out of full-time high school band directing in 2007, but still wanted to stay involved in the activity. That involvement took the form of becoming an adjudicator fo...

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In Memoriam: Ben E. King's Legacy to American Vocal Music

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Drifters' influence on American vocal music can not be discounted. With songs like "Stand By Me", "On Broadway," and "Up On The Roof", Ben E. King and The Drifters have become a paragon of doo wop music and artists that have influenced generations of doo wop and contemporary a cappella singers.


Ben E...

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KeyStone A Cappella Nominated for Six Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I am extremely late announcing this on my blog, but this is noteworthy. Each year, The Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) takes submissions from all over the planet for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. The CARAs ...

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Free-Scores Third Annual Composition Contest Voting Is Underway

Posted on February 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Voting is now open in the Free-Scores Composition Contest. To vote, you must be a Free-Scores member (it's free). Free-Scores is giving away 8GB flash drives to several lucky voters.


My new piece entitled Flight of Fancy is an entry in the Instrumental Trio cate...
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New Contemporary A Cappella Services Available

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Thomas

After my good friend Shawn Pearce closed the door on Value Vocals in 2014, I found myself in a bit of a quandary. As a staff arranger for Value Vocals, I had really enjoyed getting arrangement jobs from Shawn and getting paid to do something I enjoy. With all of the other things I do, however, I simply don't have time to open the doo...

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