Posts Tagged ‘eartraining’

Bookmarks for January 12th through January 19th [del.icio.us]

Bookmarks for January 12th through January 19th [del.icio.us]

Bookmarks from January 12th through January 17th:[del.icio.us]

  • Brian Eno: “Recorded Music Equals Whale Blubber” – hypebot -
    “I think records were just a little bubble through time and those who made a living from them for a while were lucky. There is no reason why anyone should have made so much money from selling records except that everything was right for this period of time…” “It was a bit like if you had a source of whale blubber in the 1840s and it could be used as fuel. Before gas came along, if you traded in whale blubber, you were the richest man on Earth. Then gas came along and you’d be stuck with your whale blubber.” “Sorry mate – history’s moving along. Recorded music equals whale blubber. Eventually, something else will replace it.” – Brian Eno in The Guardian
  • THE KNIFE -
    “Commissioned by Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma to write the music for their opera based on Charles Darwin and his book ‘On the Origin of the Species’, The Knife decided to make this a collaborative process, working with artists Mt. Sims and Planningtorock for the first time, to capture the huge width of the Darwin and evolution theme. They extensively researched Darwin related literature and articles, with Olof attending a field recording workshop in the Amazon to find inspiration and to record sounds. ‘Tomorrow, In A Year’ is a unique musical project. Richard Dawkins’s gene trees have formed the basis of some of the musical composition, artificial sounds have been mixed with field recordings, with the music inspired by everything from the different stages of a bird learning its melody, to a song based on Darwin’s loving letters about his daughter Anne. These are compositions that challenge the conventional conception of opera music.”
  • Thoughts on the Naughts:San Francisco Classical Voice -
    “Along with this development comes the emergence of “alt-classical” (alternative classical, an abbreviation with all the cachet of a computer key): This world of music existed for decades, but in the naughts (the decade of 2000–2009) it became newly visible thanks to decentralization and the lack of a dominant “mainstream” style in classical music. Imperfectly named, as is always the case with descriptive terms for large artistic phenomena, alt-classical represents the merging of genres of music, as well as the undermining of distinctions between “high” and “low,” classical and popular, along with an infusion of music formerly on the margins.”
  • Los Angeles News – 2009: ODE TO THE MUSIC MAN -
    “While most of this story’s respondents are Flaherty supporters, Paul Bailey, an adjunct professor of music education and theory at Cal State Fullerton (and one-time band director at John Marshall High School in Los Feliz), has this to say: “Talk about the forest for the trees: Teaching a drum line does not make a music program. I can easily see why an administration would reassign a music teacher (no matter how successful and well meaning) if they were unable and/or unwilling to field a marching band. Like it or not, the marching band is the most efficient way to get a large number of kids to participate in music. It’s unfortunate, but at the end of the day a music program should give musicians a variety of experiences and not focus on the specialized competitive agenda of one teacher.”
  • Facebook | Sahar Saedi: what do you think about the musicianship classes? -
    “I have had some really great professors both in csu fullerton and in el camino college and I feel that both of these schools which I have attended, have some very strong aspects to their music programs. However, I have one complain about the musicianship classes of both of these schools and I want to share it with you and ask for your insight. Unfortunately, in el camino college we had a very poor sightsinging class. There was absolutely no direction given to us as to how to learn to sightsing. We were given a few melodies that we would get tested on on our exam which by the time of the exam would basically be memorized, thus would not be sightsinging.”
  • Tom Swafford: Violinist, Composer, Arranger! -
    “My goal is to create clear music that communicates directly and genuinely. I don’t like slick music that has been edited and perfected artificially. I like all the subtle nuances, scratches, ‘mistakes’ that happen naturally and I think that this is a big part of what makes music expressive. “

musicianship toolbox, part 1 building sightsinging fundamentals

musicianship toolbox part 1, building sightsinging fundamentals so you want to improve your ears? what to do? where to start? here is a simple exercise to get you started the first skill you to develop is the ability to sing all the diatonic intervals (2nds-8ths, ascending and descending) by being able to sing these intervals […]


how to pass sight singing and dictation

i think i almost gave this speech word for word last week in my both my musicianship classes. here is a few excerpts (with comments) from johnathan filbert’s blog, sound on. i’m sure many of you probably haven’t encountered edwin gordon’s rhythmic solfege system (du-de’s). i use it to introduce rhythm to younger students. the […]


past and future (good times)

thanks again to all who came out to last night. its great to play for such a big and enthusiastic crowd. where else can you see somebody serenade a ikea lamp, alt-classical garage band and band with balloon bass? thanks again to dorian wood and unpopable for their unique and wonderful performances. because of the […]


on hiatus

since my college classes are now under control, the past few weeks i have been getting a lot of writing in. i have sketched enough material for probably 5 or 6 new compositions. the material came fast and furious so i’m going on hiatus to get some writing done. recently i have noticed some patterns […]


band night?

i just finished my first week of classes and so far i am really happy with my classes. last semester is another story. i failed 11 students in my eartraining/dictation class. i didn’t feel good about it and spent much of the break trying to figure out if it was me or them. i decided […]


status quo?

over this break i have been doing lesson plans for my spring eartraining and theory classes. as i sketched my classes out i realized that my goals were becoming much different than in the past. i wasn’t worried about what i am supposed to teach, but really concentrated to what skills i think our students […]


all over the map

i spent the last 2 days literally all over the country because of a family emergency. things are definitely all over the place right now. i just started teaching at csuf, the classes are good and the students are more enthusiastic than i remember. its going to be very interesting teaching entry level dictation and […]


where have you been paul bailey?

that is a good question, my blog posts have been few and far between for the last few months. (thanks to the fredosphere for nudging me out of my van down by the river) . After reading Ayelet Waldman’s article in today’s Salon i realized that i also fit a similar pattern (although without the […]