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A brief examination of the link between plainchant, Erik Satie (1866-1925) and the 'minimalist' composers of the mid-late 20th Century. Satie and the Minimalists both formed similarly divergent paths away from the compositional ideals of their respective eras. These paths interestingly led them...
I was looking around YouTube yesterday and it struck me that there are many videos posted about how to learn the trumpet. (I am sure there are similar videos for every instrument these days.) I checked out a few and there are some excellent videos recorded by highly-respected professional...
Twelve Songwriting Secrets For Success! Editor's PickNever written a song before but always wanted to? The best songwriting tip I can give you is to...start writing songs! Even if what comes out sounds awful at least you have a starting point. Writer's block happens when you judge every idea (see Tip 4) so in the end you stare hopelessly at a...
The writing world is a bit of a clique, or rather several cliques, promoting and supporting each other, recognising each other, writing blurbs for each other, reviewing each other, in pubs, in readings, in universities... It can become tiresome. There are courses and creative writing teachers...
‘Symphonic Creeds’: Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, and the Symphony as Belief Statement. IntroductionBeethoven transformed the symphony, infusing into the genre a depth unknown before. His Ninth Symphony (1824) was seminal; it introduced a chorus and soloists into the Finale, enabling Beethoven to...
So often when discussing childhood music lessons we hear adults say they had ‘no musical talent’. As a result, they claim, they were encouraged by their teacher to give up. I always want to say to this - there’s no such thing! You like music and were compelled enough to try to learn an...
Singing is a powerful and best way to boost your self-esteem. It doesn’t matter how good or talented you are, the process of singing has a range of benefits. As well as helping to boost self-esteem, singing has many benefits to other areas of your life. As someone who experienced low self-esteem...
Drum Kit Review – Ludwig Breakbeats by QuestloveThis is a great acoustic kit for beginners and advanced players alike, though perhaps for different reasons for each. It is part of a recent wave of ‘mini kits’ which, at one time, were considered limited to jazz/cocktail circles, but now are...
How to Listen Editor's PickWhen was the last time you listened to music? I mean, really listened? In our contemporary urban living we are surrounded by music, sounds and noises 24/7. It engulfs us everywhere, so much so that often when we are in a place which is truly silent we can feel uncomfortable, uneasy and confused....
My first job was on the TV series Ripper Street for the BBC. I was still in drama school at the time, and was very excited to land the job. When I arrived on set, I was shown to my trailer and everyone was buzzing around offering me food and tea and escorting me about. Everyone talked in a weird...
Violin playing is probably the hardest thing I have attempted to do so far in my life. It is also the most rewarding. Classical music is an unknown world for many, but as an...
At some stage, all performers will be faced with the daunting task of an audition! Here are a few points I've obtained over the past couple of years, and advice which has been...
Singing has always been a part of my nature. Some natural thing to do. But only when I started studying singing, I discovered that it is nothing else than speaking in a wider...
Everybody has dreams, ambitions, goals you want to achieve before you leave this world. Sometimes people may question you... what are you trying to do? Why are you doing this?...
Time passes. The onset of the personal computer and mobile technology enables us to exchange information faster than ever before. Many, therefore, would assume that quills, dip...
A Climate of Possibilities. How does one create this ‘Climate of Possiblities’ to have an environment condusive to creativity for students to develop and thrive. I...
Shakespeare is for everyone. Students often find the work intimidating or that they are required to develop a whole new set of skills before approaching Shakespeare's work....
The Perfect Audition? Editor's PickFor 95% of actors, auditioning is something they will be doing throughout their careers (the remaining 5% being actors of 'offer only' status), so it's a skill worth getting...
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