What You’re Not Learning With Your Music Degree

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  Are music colleges preparing you for the real world with a marketable degree? An article by Bill Zuckerman outlines a few characteristics that need to be changed or revitalized in music programs around the country. “Make Entrepreneur Initiative courses a Core Requirement over Super Advanced Music Theory Classes” While the fundamentals of music theory… Read more »

A Teacher’s Review: Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Listening Guides

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  The Toronto Symphony Orchestra recently debuted their comprehensive listening guides. The guides – colorful charts with pill-shaped reductions of beloved symphonic themes – seek to aid both the musical novice and musical expert. The stated purpose of these guides is to help listeners understand the most basic elements of each composition and see the… Read more »

“I Hate Theory”

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By Sarah Haughton The majority of my students enjoy learning theory. They enjoy the process of learning about the sounds they hear. Occasionally, however, I encounter a student that couldn’t care less about the “why” behind the music they are hearing, they just want to make the sounds. The traditional theory workbook does little to… Read more »

Music for Independence Day!

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  Patriotic Music is expected by Americans on the Fourth of July – what would a celebration of America’s Independence be without some exciting nationalistic music? Ranging from the genuinely touching to the irreverent-though-informative, here’s a roundup of songs and videos for the 4th! https://youtu.be/uZfRaWAtBVg Here’s a fun parody video of One Republic’s song “Apologize”… Read more »

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Constantly Reschedule your Weekly Lessons

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By Jennene Estes With the summer season upon us, it becomes routine for families to reschedule their child’s music lesson, often, from week to week. Don’t get me wrong, this is no indictment of families going on vacation. This is for the student that, no matter which season they find themselves in, are constantly swinging… Read more »