Chords for Students…

Welcome to our pre-fall podcast.  We are working very hard to get you information about chords. Our “chords for students” series is not a series at all.  It’s not even a course or a lesson plan.  It’s a conversation.  If you like talking about chords and playing chords on the piano, you’re invited to tune […]

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It’s been a long week…lots of good things happening in the Greater New York City area.  This week’s homework assignment ushers in the first week of September.  Can you believe it?  Celebrate by listening to Earth, Wind & Fire.  Buy some new sheet music for yourself and check out a synthesizer.  Please see your homework […]


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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TEXT Notation

A basic definition of notation is…’the method or methods for writing down music.’  Classical Greek music was notated by using means of letters.  The use of letters for the indication of tones is restricted today to “theoretical and instructive purposes”.  Unfortunately there is no uniform practice for indicating different octaves. Not all the new methods […]

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