Taking Care of Your Hands

Posted by on November 26, 2013 with 0 Comments

Take Care of Your Hands When You Practice

If you have started studying music, one of the most important things you need to start doing is taking care of your hands. No matter which instrument you have decided to study, each of them presents a challenge to your hands and your fingers.  Also, if you don’t take care of your hands properly, you’re going to limit yourself in terms of what you can learn and what you can do on your instrument. Continue Reading «Taking Care of Your Hands»

Landfill Harmonic: Turning Trash Into Tchaikovsky

Posted by on July 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Recycled Orchestra

Cola Landfill Harmonic


In Cateura, Paraguay, hundreds of gancheros, or recyclers, search through massive piles of rubbish dumped around the outskirts of their town every day. Amid tossed out washing machines, refrigerators, commercial insulation and more, they work tirelessly to locate scrap metal and plastic that can be traded in for enough money to feed their families. Meanwhile, the men, women and children of the impoverished landfill city must live among the garbage, facing the daily hardships presented by their environmental situation. Continue Reading «Landfill Harmonic: Turning Trash Into…»

Similarities of Reading Music and Reading Words

Posted by on June 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

Reading Music and Reading Words Are Very Similar

Learning how to read music—specifically sight-reading—can be a challenge for a beginner musician. However, it does not have to be that difficult.  In fact, if you have the skills needed to read this article you already have some of the basic skills required to read sheet music. The trick is learning to take these everyday skills and employing them in a new capacity.

Discovering and Recognizing Patterns

At its core, spoken language is a musical phenomenon that uses controlled tone, pitch, and rhythm to convey meaning through sound. Each of these sounds is represented by a single, pair, or grouping of letters collectively referred to as an alphabet. When learning to read written language, our first attempts are characterized by the slow and rigorous process of sounding out each letter to produce words, sentences, paragraphs, stories, and eventually complex narratives depicting abstract ideas and emotions. Continue Reading «Similarities of Reading Music and…»

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