Just posted to "Ideas to Try," this one-page piano piece by Finnish composer Erkki Melartin makes a fun study in moods for students. Click here to get the piece with some teaching suggestions.
Check out the Ideas to Try page! It now has search functionality, so it's even easier to get great ideas for lesson plans, private teaching or independent studies of your own. Want to explore movement in relation to a piano piece by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze? It's there. Need a song and teaching ideas for a class of children? You'll find it! Looking [...]
I've been a little biased for a long time. I grew up playing my parents' magnificent Steinway B, and there was a bit of a family squabble about who would inherit it. I lost, but I certainly can't complain about my beloved 1924 mahogany Mason & Hamlin A. Pianos are like people -- uniquely individual, no [...]
Experience Eurhythmics at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York! 2015 Eastman Summer Institute: Eurhythmics for Performers and Music Teachers July 13-17 / Monday-Friday Bring a new dimension of insight to your musicianship and teaching, integrating ear, mind, and body. This active class will address rhythm, phrasing, sight reading, memory, and more. You’ll [...]
Three videos I assigned my Music for Dance class to watch… They encompass a lot of the ideas we've been working with. Baroque.me - Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1, visualized by Alexander Chen: Rendition of the "Little" Fugue in G Minor by Stephen Malinowski: 1934 film of Doris Humphrey's choreography - "Air" from Orchestral [...]
Posting about an article that profiles Rima Faber, I remembered that I'd been interviewed for an article in Dance Studio Life magazine. Apparently the article was published last April! Oops. I'm so glad to see music addressed in articles and journals like this, and I'm honored to be interviewed. However… I am sure I was [...]
Diagram from Inside Science News Service - Alan Wing Inside Science News Service reports on a new study that examines how members of string quartets adjust to each other's tempo. The study is published in Interface: Journal of the Royal Society, and Inside Science has a clear summary. A team of scientists and musicians from [...]
Eurhythmics for Performers and Music Teachers 7/14-7/18 Adult Collegiate Music Education INS 456 Dalcroze Eurhythmics for Performers and Music Teachers July 14-18 / Monday-Friday, 1:30-4:30 pm Room: OSL 101 Monica Dale, instructor Bring a new dimension of insight to your musicianship and teaching. The Dalcroze method takes a physical approach to music, engaging ear, mind, and body. This active [...]
Pursuing a Jaques-Dalcroze Education — Solfège Volume I — Lower Pitch Sets In Major — The Rhythmic Modes by John Robert Stevenson, with Arthur E. Ostrander, Ph.D., Editor Available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iPad. [...]
What a nice way to mark Debussy's 151st birthday. Nice going, Google!