Harmonia

Harmonia, the composition and piano studio of Julie Harris, is a magnet for creativity and talent. Young composers and pianists come to study, share, learn and grow. We enter and win national competitions, but we also give concerts for community outreach, have private piano parties, do special projects for hospitals and schools, and generally have fun while we create musical masterpieces. Come join us!

Valentine’s Day Concert 2016

Valentine’s Day Concert 2016

VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT 2016: There are thousands of “love songs” I could have listened to today in my daily Listening Time.  After all, it’s the weekend of Valentine’s Day, and there is Rachmaninoff and Schubert and Liszt and Wagner and Puccini and Mahler  and Grieg and Elgar and …  the list goes on and on!   […]

Harmonic Planing and Constant Structure Chords

Harmonic Planing and Constant Structure Chords

Harmonic Planing, also known as Harmonic Parallelism, can be a very valuable tool in the 21st-century composer’s toolbox!   The picture above is tongue in cheek, with its airplane and parallel lines, but it can also get us in the mood for a different way of looking at harmonic progressions. All of you composers out there […]

Musical Words as a thematic tool

Musical Words as a thematic tool

Open the toolbox of a 21st-century composer and you might find a myriad of styles, methods, and musical systems.  We’ve inherited the best of the past while developing exciting new trends.  These days composers have the freedom to use old or new, borrowed or blue, sweetly consonant or blatantly dissonant.  The sky’s the limit for […]

Composition Competitions – Answers to Quiz

Composition Competitions – Answers to Quiz

Here are the answers to the little tongue-in-cheek quiz found in the article Compositions Competitions – Humor and Perspective.  Composer:  Maurice Ravel (Monsieur R) – FrenchPiece:  BoleroComments:  Although Ravel himself was not extremely fond of Bolero, calling it ” a crescendo without music”, it has caught the public fancy and is now one of the […]

Composition Competitions – Humor and Perspective

Composition Competitions – Humor and Perspective

Composition Competitions are rough.  There’s no doubt about it.  You’re putting your masterpiece out there, hoping that the judges can actually hear it and understand what you were trying to accomplish.  Sometimes they do understand your piece, and very often, for any number of reasons, they don’t.  Don’t despair.  Many other composers in history have […]

Peter and the Wolf Listening Quiz

Peter and the Wolf Listening Quiz

Peter and the Wolf Listening Quiz After you’ve read all about Peter and the Wolf, watched the videos and listened to each instrument, see if you can answer the following questions: The first six questions relate to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipeaHWvtQZo   There are seven characters played in this video.  For each of the seven examples […]

Notation Checklist: Professional Quality Music Scores

Notation Checklist: Professional Quality Music Scores

Notation Checklist: Professional Quality Music Scores The above picture is tongue in cheek – how NOT to write a legible score!!! Just when you think your new piece is finished, that’s the time when editing begins!   This checklist will help you ensure a professional quality score.  The more you incorporate these items into your pieces […]

Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979

Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979

Mysterious and other-worldly, George Crumb’s A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979 is one of those wonderful contemporary works that appeals to student composers, performers and audiences alike. Composed in early 1980 for pianist Lambert Orkis, the Little Suite was inspired by early 14th-century Nativity frescoes painted by Giotto in the Arena (also Scrovegni) Chapel […]

Helpful tools for teaching music theory

Helpful tools for teaching music theory

Helpful tools for teaching music theory Do your students groan or jump for joy when you say “It’s theory time”?  Music theory can be a dreaded chore or the highlight of a lesson – it’s all up to you, the teacher!  There are many excellent tools for teaching music theory available for your use these […]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Three Centuries of Magic

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Three Centuries of Magic

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Three Centuries of Magic Mix together a captivating 18th century German lyric poem and a hefty helping of enchanting music written by a French composer at the end of the 19th century.  Add a delightful 20th century Walt Disney character from America and sprinkle with wide-eyed young children from all over […]

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