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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The Jazz Chord

Happy Coffee Day, Pancake Week and Podcasting Sunday!–It’s been another interesting week.  This week’s homework is a reflection of my quest to understanding chords, chording and how to best teach my students about harmony.  We are borrowing from one of our text books that asks students to, “create a jazz chord sound…”  See the homework […]

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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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Important Chords…

This week’s homework is simple…begin to study chords that are important to you.  Do you like the sound of an A Chord?  The sound of an A Chord may remind you of the color yellow, in the case of one student’s aural observation.  We talked about the B Chord on The CMajor Radio Show yesterday. […]

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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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