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Blog posts March 2013

Friday Roundup

March 29, 2013
  • Creativity-centered "passion communities" through Skillshare.  Another new model for music learning!
  • Pearson's press release on Juilliard's new e-learning courses in music highlights how their relationship is resulting in more…

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Things Technology has Fixed in my Teaching Part 2

March 28, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

The second in a series showing HOW exactly technology has improved the quality of teaching or music therapy.i.e. Problems and solutions. No how-to's, just what impact is seen with students and clients

I'll only use technology for two reasons:

  1. It solves …

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Things Technology has Fixed in my Teaching

March 27, 2013

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

The first in a series showing HOW exactly technology has improved the quality of teaching or music therapy.i.e. Problems and solutions. No how-to's, just what impact is seen with students and clients

Over the last couple of years I’ve adopted quite a n…

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Friday Roundup

March 22, 2013

 by Katie Condon  Condon.Katie@MacPhail.org

  • Piano keyboardTeaching artist guru Eric Booth has a new website with some helpful articles, links, and insights

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Pentatonic stuff and Song listing open thread

March 21, 2013

Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948 2by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Two things today. First some interesting pentatonic stuff:

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Exporting an Entire Class All at Once

March 18, 2013

By David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

I accidentally figured out how to export a ton of tracks all at once and it has completely made my week. 8 groups of students at New City School were recorded playing recorder trios. I was able to export their recordings to individual mp3 files all at once!…

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Friday Roundup

March 15, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

 It's been a busy week!

  • G…

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Bobby Hutcherson and the Pentatonic Scale

March 14, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

One of my favorite vibes players is Bobby Hutcherson. I especially like his Blue Note recordings from 1963 through 1969. His playing is melodic, adventurous and provides an experimental foil to the playing of Milt Jackson.  I started transcribing his solos …

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Pentatonic Scale: Friend or Foe?

March 13, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

8c10174rThe pentatonic scale is certainly common in music from around the world. As a percussionist, I've been in African and Javanese percussion ensembles that have used the scale almost exclusively and of course I think that students should experience music from …

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Pentatonic as a Universal?

March 10, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Sarah Hruska-Olson made the point that the pentatonic scale, in one form or another, can be found in many cultures around the world.  While the cognitive universality of the scale hasn't been proven empirically, many teachers, and in particular Orff and Kod…

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Friday Roundup

March 8, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Notable scraps for the week: 

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Ten Super Sunny Joys of the Pentatonic Scale

March 7, 2013

by Sarah Hruska-Olson Olson.Sarah@MacPhail.org

Many years ago, I took my son to an ECFE parent/infant class.  The instructor gave us a sheet entitled, “The 10 Super Sunny Joys of Peek-a-Boo.”  Peek-a-boo is such a natural and universal game to play with babies, but there are so many great underl…

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Friday Roundup

March 1, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Here are some things that cropped up this week (in no particular order):

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