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Tribute to Dave Brubeck

TRIBUTE TO DAVE BRUBECK: Dave Brubeck, pianist and composer, brought a cerebral approach to his music that helped bring jazz to a new level of acceptance and respectability.  He was one of the best-known and beloved musicians of our time.  He died on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, one day before his 92nd birthday. At one […]

Messiaen’s Huit Préludes

Messiaen’s Eight Preludes are wonderful studies in sound and color. These notes from Prof. Michal Bristiger are invaluable windows into studying the Preludes. The Huit Préludes are among Messiaen’s early works. He was only twenty years old at the time the Preludes were written.  He had not yet undertaken to experiment with rhythm nor was […]

Piano Adventures Level 1 – Nancy and Randall Faber

This series of books works very well for the young beginner.  The Lesson and Performance books are particularly helpful.   Students really enjoy singing along as they play, which is excellent for their ear training.  New concepts are introduced clearly and at appropriate times. All in all, it’s a great series for the younger beginning students. […]

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