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Blog posts May 2013

Friday Round Up

May 31, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Things to Read:

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Evan's Online Piano Success

May 29, 2013

by Timothy De Prey DePrey.Timothy@MacPhail.org

piano keysI began teaching Evan in September 2012.  Evan was my first On Line student and in the beginning I wondered how I would adapt my teaching for an On Line student.  I embraced the opportunity and Evan turns out to be the perfect On Line student.  He is …

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Book Review: Jazz Essentials - Nuts and Bolts Instruction for the Jazz and Pop Musician by Dean Kelly

May 28, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Jazz Essentials by Dean Kelly was one of those books that shows up at the right time and the right place. I was a junior in high school when I became interested in playing jazz vibes. The public library in suburban Chelmsford, Massachusetts (where I grew…

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Friday Round Up

May 24, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

  • Weavly is a browser app that lets you edit audio and video together. Great for student projects

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Showcasing Student Compositions with SoundCloud

May 23, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

This year at MacPhail's New City School partnership, students in grades 6-8 composed music for solo instruments such as the saxophone, trumpet, and piano.  Students composed the pieces using MuseScore and sent them to professional and student musicians, who…

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How Evernote is Helping Me Wrap Up the Semester

May 21, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Invariably May is the most hectic month of the school year. No matter how cleverly I plan, it always turns into a maelstrom of concerts, meetings, gigs, and other responsibilities.  This year Evernote has helped wrap up my semester by giving me new accounti…

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Book Review: 3 for 1

May 20, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Here are three books in the Community Partnerships library (located on the 3rd floor) that you could use to teach drumming to groups or individuals.  They all assume that you have no background or training in percussion so you should not feel intimidated to…

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Friday Round Up

May 17, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

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Being on Time

May 15, 2013

By David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

There are about 1,000 drummer jokes; my hope is this post doesn't fall into too many of them.

As a percussionist, I just might have an obsession with music being on beat and steady. I notice this obsession when I'm performing or practicing but especially …

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Book Review: Hands On: A Rockin' Rhythmic Romp by Jim Solomon

May 13, 2013

by David Birrow  Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

It is May 13th. For K-12 general music teachers, the light at the end of the tunnel is now visible. Spring concerts will be finished in a few weeks, then a couple weeks of teaching, then summer break. Those teaching weeks that are sandwiched between conce…

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Friday Round Up

May 10, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

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The Traveling Studio

May 9, 2013

by Josh Osborne Osborne.Josh@MacPhail.org

Now, I love my job. I enjoy that each day is different, the variety of clientele and students I see, the traveling, the successes, and the fact my job revolves around music—one of my greatest passions. Although, if you spend enough time around me, I will t…

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Book Review: The Brain that Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge, MD

May 6, 2013

by Emily Greenleaf Greenleaf.Emily@MacPhail.org 

In his book The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, Norman Doige describes an experiment carried out by Harvard neurologist Alvaro Pascual-Leone. Two groups of novice pianists – people who’ve …

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Friday Round Up

May 3, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

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Using Wikifonia for Transposition

May 1, 2013

by Emily Greenleaf Greenleaf.Emily@MacPhail.org

What’s wrong with this picture?[1]

What’s wrong with this picture?[1] From the perspective of the MacPhail Music for Life™ teaching artist, this song is too high. Students in our programs typically range in age between 55 and 95. Some of our cl…

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