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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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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Cool Chords

CMajor Before the Show on Apple Podcasts — We’re all trying to stay cool in this heat!  In yesterday’s podcast, we talked about some cool sounding chords.  I played a couple of examples of what I thought sounded cool to me.  What did you think?  For this week’s homework, I’m assigning some “cool” music for you to […]

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Simple Classics for Piano

We certainly hope you enjoyed our recent podcast exploring simple classics for piano.  It’s a term borrowed from the 1950s.  For this week’s homework, see if you too can “explore the wonders of a piano” by choosing and playing some chords to the following tunes…in the key of C Major. Prelude by F. Chopin Spring […]

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