2013 MTNA Conference – Monday Early Afternoon – Hal Leonard Showcase

After a lovely al fresco lunch with some dear colleagues, I joined a packed house at the Hal Leonard Showcase. Composer/pianist Jeremy Siskind started off the session with an overview of Jazz Etude Inspirations, County Ragtime Festival, and Classical Pop. Editor and recording artist, William Westney joined the session via video to share about the […]

2012 MTNA Conference – Sunday Morning – Intermediate Masterclass with Marvin Blickenstaff

After greeting the audience and giving a brief history of the music school where he teaches in Princeton, Marvin Blickenstaff was joined by four students from his youngest class, Caroline, Haley, Ananya and Naomi. They began by giving a demonstration of what would take place at their PEPS class. This included rhythm clapbacks, melody sing-backs […]

Zenph – Pioneering the Future of Music Technology

This has got to be one of the most incredible things I’ve read about in a while! Listen to the Before and After recordings of Rachmaninoff’s performance of his arrangement of Kreisler’s Liebesleid on the homepage of the Zenph website and you’ll see what I mean. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the “After” recording was, […]

2010 MTNA Conference – Monday Mid-Morning

Not Only Fur Elise: Gorgeous Unknown Compositions by Well-Known Composers by Dr. Peter Mack, NCTM In this standing room-only workshop, Dr. Mack entertained, educated, and inspired us with performances of some of his favorite mostly-unknown works. He began the workshop with a lovely playing of Rachmaninoff’s Fragments. He then proceeded to play little snippets of […]

Student Assignment Pages

D’Net has produced another amazing resource for her students – customized assignment pages with a little bit of info about a composer on each page. In her studio, they have a composer of the month, so each month of pages features one composer with a colorful picture of the composer and a different fun fact […]

Composer Trading Game

For our Mid-Winter Ball, the theme was “an evening of serious music – experience the masterpieces of yesteryear composed by world famous musicians.” Each student played a classical piece and shared a biographical sketch of their composer. The games centered around the composers represented in the performances. Here’s a game that was a favorite! Composer […]