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Blog posts June 2013

Friday Round Up

June 21, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

  • Beethoven 9th app includes performances as well as the 1825 manuscript with Beethoven's own annotations. There is a review here

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Practicing, Scales, Improvising and Free Stuff

June 18, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

My mallet students begin to improvise once they can play a scale up and down and arpeggiate the tonic chord. Improvisation is an ultimately more useful technique compared to the classic "band/all-state/method book" approach of tonic for a quarter note then …

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Friday Round Up

June 14, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

  • Summer is now her…

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App Review: Flashnote Derby

June 13, 2013

by Jeremy Hanson Hanson.Jeremy@MacPhail.org

Flashnote Derby is a fun, useful, and versatile note reading app (kudos to Marianne Bryan for introducing it to me!).  After selecting which notes to include (any number of notes from Low C to High C), students begin the race. 

Individual notes are s…

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HMDX Jam Box Bluetooth Speaker

June 11, 2013

by Josh Osborne Osborne.Josh@MacPhail.org

I've been using the HMDX Jam Box for my daily speaker needs  for the past month now. I teach in community partnerships, Music For Life, and individual music therapy sessions, so I have often been confronted with the need for a portable solution to amplific…

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Book Review: Jump Right In: Instrumental/Recorder Series

June 10, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

I often evaluate my teaching in terms of what was missing from my own education.  My biggest struggle as a beginning percussionist was reading music with meaning. While I was able to play a tune in band or a snare drum etude, there wasn't a sense of what i…

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Friday Round Up

June 7, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Alright, a brief round up this week, since my head is still spinning from the Community Partnerships retreat:

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Book Review: The Ways Children Learn Music by Eric Bluestine

June 3, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

I've previously made mention of Music Learning Theory; a theory of how humans learn when we learn music.This has included a brief overview of Edwin Gordon's Learning Sequences in Music and Jump Right In Grade 4. Simply put, Music Learning Theory helps ad…

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