“If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.” ― Anatole France, poet and novelist Change means challenge; challenge means growth. This fall, I’ll be teaching a new course at Peabody Conservatory– Stage An OrchKids Student Movement for Opera - and classes for children through Baltimore Symphony’s [...]
(Piano Myths Part I here) Myths of Piano Touch and Tone Could you hear a difference in a single piano tone depending on the way its key is depressed? Are accomplished musicians able to discern sounds produced by a virtuoso’s hand versus those made by an object? Is there any physical approach to a piano [...]
June 1st is right around the corner. Register today! Choose the course that fits your goals. For Dalcroze studies Level 1 toward international Dalcroze certification, register for Eastman School of Music's 2-week Level 1 Dalcroze Institute July 2-13, $815 non-credit (or $4,830 for 3 credits) in Rochester, New York. Housing is available! Learn more about new [...]
(News Alert!! Punxsutawney Phil's prediction for Winter was misquoted by fake news. He did not say, "Eight more weeks." His actual words were, "At least eight more weeks. Maybe more. Maybe MUCH more. We'll see.") Despite the weather we've had (brrr!!), the calendar says summer is waiting in the wings... so don't miss the early [...]
Old Myths Die Hard It’s human nature to look skeptically at information that contradicts something we believe. Once we become anchored to untruths, reality is an annoying intrusion. Psychology has terms for the ways we receive new knowledge. Confirmation bias: seeking only information that conforms to the belief, dismissing new information; Assimilation: reshaping new information [...]
I do not like April fools, or any other sort of fools. (I do not suffer them gladly.) I don’t like practical jokes when they’re mean-spirited, and so often they are. For example, there's the family that gathered the kids for an Easter egg hunt, with no eggs. (Something like this happened to my daughter [...]
There's still time to apply to the Dalcroze Society of America for a scholarship! Thinking of attending the Eastman School of Music's Level One Certification course? Now you have another reason. Each year, to honor the memories of beloved American Dalcroze educators, the Dalcroze Society of America awards a limited number of Memorial Scholarships to [...]
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If you think people today don't understand what Jaques-Dalcroze's work was about, take a look at this article from 1913! Journalist Rothay Reynolds visited Hellerau to see what Jaques-Dalcroze's new method was all about. His report, Higher Culture Gone Mad in Cult of Dalcroze, suggests he was confounded by the encounter. Published in the Courier-Journal of Louisville Kentucky, [...]
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