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Instant MuseScore eBook

November 30, 2013

by Jeremy Hanson  Hanson.Jeremy@MacPhail.org

For those of you who are interested in learning how to use MuseScore (free music notation software available from http://www.musescore.org ), there is an excellent new e-book available from Packt Publishing called Instant MuseScore by Maxwell Shinn (b…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Book Review: Learning Sequences in Music

April 29, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Learning Sequences in Music by Edwin E. Gordon is a great summer reading book.  Not a "sit on the beach and feverishly turn pages" book or the new Grisham, but more like "I finally have time to seriously devote to this huge book."  Gordon is a music ed res…

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Book Review: The Tropical Recorder

April 22, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

The Tropical Recorder is a book of recorder tunes with Orff instrument (hand drum, xylophones, shakers et. al) accompaniments by Jim Solomon and Mary Helen Solomon.  This book is available in the Community Partnership Resource Library on the 3rd floor and i…

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Book Review: Jump Right In Grade 4

April 15, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

One of the great books in the Community Partnerships Resource Library is Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum Level 4 by Cynthia Taggart, Beth Bolton, Alison Reynolds, Wendy Valerio, and Edwin Gordon. MacPhail owns the Teacher's Guide along with the four CDs…

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