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The two-faced Renaissance

Welcome back to Listening Club for our second installment of the Renaissance. We know after our previous entry about the paramount importance of the Christian church in the development of early Western music, and we discussed what people listened to at church, at least in the Catholic parts of Europe during the Renaissance. But people … Continue reading The two-faced Renaissance

Listening Club: Music in Isolation

The unprecedented measures being taken worldwide to control the COVID-19 epidemic are giving the average person much more free time, solitude, and anxiety than they probably planned on having during this otherwise beautiful early Springtime. Many of us are using our unexpected time to pursue hobbies, get back in touch with friends, learn a new … Continue reading Listening Club: Music in Isolation

ABRSM Clarinet Grade 1 scales and arpeggios practice play-alongs

To help students polish their scales and arpeggios, I have created a practice play-along routine. The way to use these recordings is very simple. I will play a passage notated in small notes and you will repeat it after me while keeping time. A couple of things to note: you can choose either to play … Continue reading ABRSM Clarinet Grade 1 scales and arpeggios practice play-alongs

Learning how to play an instrument has no age limit!

Playing an instrument is an exciting idea, but learning how to do it often daunting, especially for adults. However, the fear of learning a new instrument can be overcome by understanding the benefits of music. I chose some examples from my individual teachings and my recent involvement at a festival to depict how interacting with … Continue reading Learning how to play an instrument has no age limit!