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Modal Listening Practice

Modal Listening Practice

MODAL LISTENING PRACTICE: The picture above demonstrates an interesting grouping of the modes.  We can progress from one mode to another in the order shown above by lowering one note of the scale:  Lydian progresses to Ionian by lowering the fourth note.  Ionian progresses to Mixolydian by lowering the seventh note.  Mixolydian progresses to Dorian […]

Melody Writing for Students

Melody Writing for Students

  I usually teach my students that music contains the following elements: melody harmony rhythm timbre dynamics structure Sure this list can be discussed, but I’ve found it working. My simple definition of melody is “a bunch of single tones in a meaningful order”. Again, “meaningful order” is a subject of debate, but I usually […]

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 […]

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 […]

Peter and the Wolf – An Introduction to the Orchestra

Peter and the Wolf – An Introduction to the Orchestra

PETER AND THE WOLF   Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf  never fails to delight us!   This introduction to the orchestra was originally intended for children, but everyone is entranced by his beloved masterpiece. We may be five years old, acting out each character and giggling through growls.  Perhaps we’re ten and just beginning to compose […]

Auralia – Ear Training – Guide to exercises

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 between lessons.  Some students study Auralia on their own, others study it with their performance […]

Piano Adventures Level 1 – Nancy and Randall Faber

Piano Adventures Level 1 – Nancy and Randall Faber

Faber Piano Adventures – Level 1 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 […]

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