Curious … Chord Progressions

For this week’s homework, we’re posting a live poll. It’s fun!–think about where you were in 1979.  And, if you were not anywhere yet…maybe think about where some of your family members were.  What types of music making were you or your family involved in?  Mine was definitely piano lessons, playing piano and other instruments […]

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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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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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