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Listening Practice

Creative Listening Practice Creative listening is a learned skill, and should be practiced in the same way musicians practice an instrument. In this article we will listen to one piece and learn some of the questions we might ask to

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The Many Colors of Sofia Gubaidulina

The Many Colors of Sofia Gubaidulina Sofia Gubaidulina (pronounced so-FEE-uh  goo-bye-DOO-lee-nuh) is a contemporary Russian composer who creates a world of swirling colors that excites our imaginations and inspires our creativity. This magical world of shimmering sound is full of

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Samuel Barber, American Composer (1910 – 1981)

Samuel Barber, American Composer (1910 – 1981) Samuel Barber didn’t concern himself with the various arguments of American music:  tonal vs. atonal, Stravinsky vs. Schoenberg, old-guard vs. modern.  He didn’t belong to any particular camp or school.  He just wrote

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Writing Key Signatures

Writing Key Signatures  (Western Tonal System) Here’s an easy way to remember the order of flats and sharps: The word “FLAT” has four letters – the order of flats moves up by 4ths:B C D E F G A B

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Reading Key Signatures

  Reading Key Signatures (Western Tonal System) Major Keys FOUR RULES for reading key signatures C major has no sharps and no flats F major has 1 flat – Bb Sharp Keys – go up a half step from the

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Circle of Fifths

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:

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Messiaen’s Huit Préludes

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

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Bach Suite in F major (BWV 820)

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

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Warm Winter by Xin Li

Warm Winter – by Zin Li Film maker Xin Li has given permission to MusicWiz.club members to practice film scoring with his warm and lovely film “Warm Winter”.  You should turn the sound down to imagine your own newly written

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Ara’s Tale by Martin Lubich

“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

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Big Buck Bunny from the Blender Foundation

Big Buck Bunny from Blender This film was the first project created by the Blender Institute in Amsterdam. Tan Roosendaal has given us permission to use this film in our film score practice. Turn down the sound and imagine your

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