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Against the Great American Songbook

I’ve been listening to Ella in Rome (1958), a fortieth birthday concert that captures Ella’s artistic peak. Ella and her musicians fly through the music with dizzying virtuosity, but I am constantly impatient with her reliance—with jazz’s general reliance—on the

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Ara’s Tale by Martin Lubich

Film maker Martin Lubich has given permission to MusicWiz.club members to practice film scoring with his hauntingly beautiful film “Ara’s Tale”.  This unforgettable story appeals to all ages, and is a favorite with audiences. This film is perfect for film

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Auralia – Ear Training – Guide to exercises

Auralia is considered by many educators to be the most comprehensive ear-training software available today. Many thousands of teachers and students use Auralia as a regular part of each music lesson, as preparation for theory exams, or as outside homework

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Bach Suite in F major (BWV 820)

The Bach Suite in F major (BWV 820) is an excellent piece for teaching and for learning piano. It can be played as one entire piece, or each movement can be a nice performance piece. The six movements, which were

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Back to Blue Note

I’ve often applauded the Blue Note album covers of the 1950s and 60s as the greatest achievement in the history of American commercial design. Nearly all of these album covers, about five hundred of them, were designed by a single

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Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch, storied fingerpicker and warble-voiced bard of the British folk movement, achieved quiet glory as a guitar stylist and member of the folk group Pentangle, in which he was paired with equally legendary but perhaps slightly less interesting guitarist

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Bike by Vida Vega

The shortest film in our short film bank comes in at just 30 seconds! Vida Vega’s award winning “Bike” was written as a commercial for Tempo Tissues, and is warm and whimsical. Turn the sound down and imagine your own

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Carnival of the Animals – Something for Everyone!

What’s your fancy in classical music?   Humorous, tongue-in-cheek parodies?  Lush orchestration?  Fabulous writing for piano?  Gorgeous cello melodies?  Music that appeals to musicians of all ages?   French composer Saint-Saens’s “Carnival of the Animals” has all these elements and more.  In

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Caroline Shaw – Between the Acts

Last month the Ciompi Quartet generously and expertly performed Caroline Shaw’s “Entre’Acte” for the students and parents of the Mallarmé Youth Chamber Orchestra at the University of North Carolina. I have no preference for contemporary classical music, and indeed I’ve

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Circle of Fifths Worksheet

The Circle of Fifths is a wonderful tool for beginners in theory as well as for the most advanced composers!  Here are some of the many things you can learn from the Circle of Fifths: Key Signatures Relative minor and

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