Wit & Humour

Happy Sunday!–This week’s fun music exercise is all about finding wit and humor (humor) in music making.  We’re listing the Beethoven sonata we talked about.  And, as a bonus exercise we are listing a piece by Prokofiev.  Music making can be fun.  I have a special shout out to my students who are having fun […]

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Chords in Fiction

Yesterday’s episodes–We talked about chords found in fiction, e.g. blues and jazz chords. See what you can find our your own.  Have you ever run across characters that either play instruments or know something about music-making?  Below are some quotes from excerpts from the blues story that we visited on the podcast: He leaned back […]

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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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Chord Challenges

Hi there.  Thank you so very much for tuning in to The CMajor Radio Show and CMajor Before The Show.  We’re still getting our ducks in a row.  And, if you accidentally changed your time as a “fall back” (as I did)…please forgive our mistake.  My first internet reading was right, that we get an […]

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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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