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The Land-Fillharmonic of Cateura, Paraguay

The Land-Fillharmonic of Cateura, Paraguay Here’s an amazing story of one community’s answer to some of today’s challenges.  The people in this little town are creating instruments and an orchestra from a landfill!   The village of Cateura, Paraguay is a

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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. 

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Online Composition Competitions – Pros and Cons

Online Composition Competitions – Pros and Cons Online composition competitions are popular and well-received, but they are not without their challenges!   Here are some of the pros and cons to conducting these competitions online. Pros: Newly composed music can reach

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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

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Guide to pronunciation

Guide to pronunciation You’re an advanced music student, or you are a very well-informed parent.  You’ve been invited backstage after a wonderful concert, and you’re happily chatting with the musicians.  “Your interpretation of the eye-burt was superb”, you gush, happy

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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

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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

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Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA: In 1946 the British composer Benjamin Britten was commissioned to write a piece for an educational documentary film entitled The Instruments of the Orchestra.   The piece he wrote for this film has become one

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Listening for Shape in Classical Music

LISTENING FOR SHAPE IN CLASSICAL MUSIC: One way to listen to classical music is listening for shape.  All pieces of music have a shape, and this shape informs the listening experience.  We sometimes use the word “shape” when describing the

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