Percussion & Chords

This week’s homework is about listening…You are invited to listen and watch a performance of a Percussion Concerto…on YouTube.  I learned about the piece and the performance options from one of my piano students.  Check out the Percussion  Concerto by composer Jennifer Higdon.  See if you can recognize some of the chords/harmonies.  Among the instruments […]

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All About Sound Effects & Chords

This week’s homework is all about sound effects and chords.  See if you can hear the blues theme that dominates the work in William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony.  Listen for the style of the harmonization.  Then listen to the music of Florence Price, Harry Burleigh, Antonin Dvorak, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.  Note: The spirituals […]

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More Listening Homework…

This week’s homework involves doing a bit more listening.  What will you listen to?  Please see your assignment below: Listen to the last movement of Mahler’s 9th Symphony.  The entire symphony can last anywhere from 70 to 90 minutes.  The whole symphony is in four movements, but you may listen to the finale which is […]

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Synths & Chords

Hi there and thank you for sticking around for our synths and chords presentation.  We are looking forward to the upcoming podcast.  I am fascinated with the idea of playing around with synthesizers and electric keyboards. For this week’s homework leading up to our podcast, please research ‘monody’, ‘monophony’, ‘monophonic’ and ‘texture’.  These are some […]

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Creative Chord-Playing

This week’s homework is all about using your creativity.  When it comes to chords, I’ve seen many of my students use chord-playing creatively to solve their problems.  Seriously?!–seriously.  It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  Some of my students want and need to play “Hallelujah” by  Leonard Cohen to feel better about their lives during […]

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