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Teaching to Read, but never to Write?

Posted by James Engman on Oct 14, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Music is an artificial creation. Often described as the highest form of art, it has nothing close to a natural existence but for the songs of birds and the movement of the planets. Its structure, elements, and substance are all born from human creativity. Every time music takes place, it is a new expression of centuries of influence being funneled through, and reconstructed by, an artist or collaborative group of artists. Only in the past century or so has the audio recording of music played a role in its propagation. Without audio recording, its only media for survival is an individual’s memory and written notation – the latter being the ultimate form for most works beyond traditional folk music. Without notation, great works of sufficient complexity simply couldn’t exist outside of the composer’s mind. However, the ability to write music by hand is going extinct as a pedagogical tool, and with it, the creative voice of each passing generation of musicians.

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Topics: Education, Teaching, Music Theory, Advice, Composers

Happy Birthday, Niccolo Paganini!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Oct 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Niccolo Paganini
October 27, 1782 - May 27, 1840

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Topics: Sheet Music, Paganini, Romantic, Composers

Happy Birthday, Arnold Schoenberg!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sep 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Arnold Schoenberg
September 13, 1874 - July 13, 1951

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Topics: Composers, Schoenberg, 20th Century

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Claude Debussy!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 28, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Claude Debussy
Born August 22, 1862, Died March 25, 1918

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Topics: Classical, Composers, Debussy

Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 25, 2014 12:54:00 PM

Leonard Bernstein
August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990

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Topics: American Classical, Bernstein, Composers

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