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5 Fundraising Ideas to Travel with your Choir, Orchestra, or Band

5 Fundraising Ideas to Travel with your Choir, Orchestra, or Band

Traveling with your choir, orchestra, or band can be incredibly rewarding. Visiting new places is both exciting and educational, and when you get to perform in one of the world’s famous concert halls, you end up with experiences that can inspire young musicians, and memories that last a lifetime. Although traveling with a group can be expensive, the cost of the trip shouldn’t be what stands in the way of giving your students or ensemble the opportunity to perform in…

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Quiz: Which Beethoven Symphony is Your Favorite?

Quiz: Which Beethoven Symphony is Your Favorite?

His compositions are some of the most famous works in the classical canon. All nine of Beethoven’s symphonies have stood the test of time, and continue to receive regular performances. Some are more well-known than others, but each musician has their personal favorite — which is yours?

How Perfect Pitch Works

How Perfect Pitch Works

Perfect pitch is the ability to identify or produce a given pitch without a prompt from an instrument. For a musician, the benefits of perfect pitch are clear: it can help with intonation, memorization, and in a number of other ways which can augment your musical ability. Although many people have met someone with perfect pitch, it is extremely rare — affecting only one in 10,000 people. Finding out if a person has perfect pitch is as easy as playing…

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5 Tips for Memorizing Music

5 Tips for Memorizing Music

It has long been a practice for soloists and singers to perform their music from memory. Today, some orchestras are going so far as to have the ensemble perform their concerts entirely from memory. Musicologists and performers often have debated whether or not memorization enhances performance, but the fact remains that as musicians, we are often called upon to memorize our music. Here are five tips from the pros to help you memorize your parts faster and better: #1. Memorize…

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The Music of Spring

The Music of Spring

The changing of the seasons is a constant in our lives, it is a common human experience marked by celebrations or rituals which date back thousands of years. Generations of composers and musicians have looked to the start of spring for inspiration, and have commemorated the onset of new life in songs, sonatas, and symphonies. One of the most well-known springtime works is Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Paris’ Pagan Ballet In 1913, Paris’ Ballet Russes performed Stravinsky’s seminal work…

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10 Facts about Academy Award Winning Music

10 Facts about Academy Award Winning Music

1. Dmitri Shostakovich and Duke Ellington were both nominated the same year but lost to the arrangers of West Side Story. Both musicians were nominated for Best Score of a Musical Picture in 1961, at the height of their careers, but their scores were beaten out by the enormously popular hit musical West Side Story.   2. John Williams has more Oscar nominations than just about anyone. So far Williams has won five Oscars, but, more impressively, he’s been nominated…

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Music and the Presidents

Music and the Presidents

On Presidents Day, we celebrate the birthdays of two of the most significant American presidents – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. What many people don’t know is that music, especially the music of their day, was a central passion of their lives. General Washington’s Army Band   Before serving our nation as its first president, George Washington, one of the great revolutionary generals, had already developed a keen interest in music. During the Revolution, he sent orders to his troops…

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The Origin of Musical Clefs

The Origin of Musical Clefs

Music is often called the universal language; it can be understood and enjoyed by anyone who cares to listen. In fact it is so much a part of the human experience that even without musical training most people can recognize one of Western music’s most prevalent symbols – the treble clef. Aside from being on nearly every piece of sheet music, the treble clef can be found on tote bags, baseball hats, t-shirts, and even on the bodies of music-lovers…

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Mozart: Requiem for a Prodigy

Mozart: Requiem for a Prodigy

Few composers have had as lasting an impact on the world of classical music as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His talent for composition made him a celebrity in the courts and concert halls of late 18th-century Europe and gave his music a popular appeal that remains to this day. Despite this fact, Mozart’s life was marked by periods of financial instability and depression – factors which may have contributed to his untimely death at the young age of 35. Details of…

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Ten Winter Events in NYC Perfect for Music-Lovers

Ten Winter Events in NYC Perfect for Music-Lovers

The ball has dropped, Handel’s Messiah has been sung, and the tree at Rockefeller center will soon come down, yet three months of winter still remain. Ice and snow may put a halt to outdoor activities, but New York still has plenty to offer the musically-minded among us. Whether you’re a born-and-bred New Yorker or just here to see the sights, there will be plenty of concerts and events to your liking. Read on for our list of ten music-themed…

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