Hello all! I’ve added a new CD to my website lending library: “Rotorua International Maori Entertainers,” presented by Maureen and John Waaka. I was delighted to stumble upon it while out and about recently, because this is not the sort of album that’s easy to come across thousands upon thousands of kilometres away from where it was recorded.
The album features a number of traditional Maori songs and chants, including the haka, which has recently become well known outside of New Zealand. There’s also a recording of the stick game Tititorea, which I first learned about during my music education classes when I was doing my Bachelor of Music Education.
Students belonging to my studio, if you’re interested in hearing the recordings on my CD, let me know via email or during your lesson and I can check it out for you. Everyone else…may a copy of this album find its way to you!
Just a small update today, for a student who wanted to practice playing in minor keys. Since Christmas is on its way (and seems extremely imminent if you happen to step into the shops), I thought I might as well provide a carol.
Since my student is religious, I slightly reworked “The Coventry Carol.” The original copy in one of my music books had the fingering written so whoever was playing it would put both thumbs on Middle C, but since that hand position is pretty much universally disliked in my studio, I changed it up.
Students belonging to my studio can now download the piece from my website by logging in. I hope you enjoy it!
Today, I have a new CD to add to my lending library: Beethoven’s Moonlight.
Mine is a 2-CD set, so the cover looks somewhat different from this…but it’s close enough.
The recording may not have been produced by a well-known label, but when someone offers you a brand new two-disc set of classical music for 95% off, it seems a bit silly to be picky. Especially since it features recordings of Beethoven pieces that feature in the method books and RCM piano collection I use, such as Ode to Joy and Für Elise.
I’ve picked up a few more CDs for my studio as of late, so I’ll be updating as I listen to each one. Given one or two were second hand, I’d like to be sure they actually work before sending them off with my students!
Happy (early) Thanksgiving, all!
A cold, windy, rainy afternoon slightly derailed my plans to visit local schools with posters advertising my lessons today, and so I spent part of the afternoon redoing my site’s virtual tour. I’ve added five new pictures and included captions intended to be used by screen readers for the visually impaired. It’s my first time doing something like this on my site, as opposed to only on this blog, but I hope to make the accessibility changeover during the course of the fall. If I’ve made any errors, please let me know!
Here’s a sample image–you can view the rest of the tour here.
[Image of a music studio with a piano on the left, a Smart Board directly ahead, and a computer, keyboard, and printer/scanner to the right.]
One of my students asked me if I could put together a version of Katy Perry’s “Rise” for her to play. I had a bit of spare time yesterday and today, so I arranged the opening of the song for beginner piano. Any students of my studio can download the arrangement from my website while logged in.
I’ve just posted three new arrangements to the Library section of my website for my students to download and play at their leisure: a beginning piano version of the first verse of “Firework” by Katy Perry, and beginner recorder versions of “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven and “Here Come the Bride.” I’m still not quite through all my current requests, so keep an eye out for at least one more addition in the coming weeks.
I’d also like to share with everyone the coolest phone I’ve ever seen:
This is an ordinary violin, right?
Wait a minute!
Sadly, this phone was sold sometime ago on Etsy. It’s a shame–I could think of more than a few music teachers who would love to get their hands on this. Teachers like me!
Just a quick announcement concerning my studio site: I’ve added a new song to the Library section–a recorder version of “Jingle Bells,” as per student request! Current students can log into my site and download it for free. More downloads to come!
And now something for everyone! Recently, I discovered a very interesting piece by composer György Ligeti. While he’s best known from his work being used in movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, he wrote a great deal of music that broke away from Western Classical art music traditions.
One particularly unusual example of his work can be found below.
What do you think, everyone? Should I pick up the sheet music and perform this at my next student recital?