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Posted by on July 7, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July!

I spent my time at Liberty State Park - Jersey City, NJ enjoying the spectacular fireworks with great people.


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This summer's agenda for my students is not only to practice but also to create and understand the structure and patterns of the keyboard. This will also enable the beginner student to comprehend different hand positions. If there is enough time I allow my students to be as creative as possible. We can create these keyboards either 2D or 3D. 

There are 88 keys on a given piano but for the young beginner an octave or two octaves will be a great start.

What You Will Need: 

  • Construction Paper
  • Labels
  • Crayons/Markers/Glitter Glue
  • Scissors


What to Do: 

  1. Ask your student or child to look identify the patterns and structure of the keys. Add the long white labels to the construction paper to create the main white keybed. 
  2. Using scissors, cut the labels in half to add the black keys. Assist and make sure your student or child is adding the black keys in the correct areas. Color the keys either black or any color of their choice.
  3. Add either glitter glue or markers around the keys. This can help distinguish the keys.
  4. Write the musical alphabetical pattern on the keys or any key position.


Enjoy your keybed! 


Posted by on January 5, 2016 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)


- 1910 - 2000

- Some people say the first piece of modern music was Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune which translates to Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) in 1894.

- Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)

- Another famous Modern Composer is Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)


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- 1820 - 1910

Ludwig van Beethoven’s (1770–1827) wrote the FIRST ROMANTIC MUSIC: Eroica Symphony (heroic in Italian)

- Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) 

- Other famous Romantic composers are the following:

  • Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
  • Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
  • Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
  • Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
  • Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
  • Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
  • Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)




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- 1750-1820

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

- Other famous Classical composers are the following:

  • Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
  • Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach (1714–1788) [J. S. Bach's son]




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- Is a style of art from 1600-1750

- The greatest baroque composer was Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

- Other famous composers from this period are the following:

  • George Fredrich Handel (1685-1741)
  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) 
  • Johann Pachelbel (1653–1706)

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Music History

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Vocal Anatomy

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A child’s voice is not an adult’s voice! Children’s voices are smaller in the literal sense of the word – they physically cannot create the same volume or range an adult can, at least not without straining. Their lung volumes are smaller, and so are their larynges. There are restrictions, especially in range. It also means that “adult voice qualities” are not that readily available to them, and that their voices will grow wearier.
There are always exceptions to these rules, but they are just that: Exceptions!
Age 6 is recommended as the youngest age for voice lessons.

-Be sure you keep your vocal folds moist and well lubricated. You can do this by drinking plenty of liquids throughout the day.
- Keep tea and coffee consumption to a minimum though, as the caffeine in these drinks dries out the vocal folds and can make the voice sound raspy and scratchy. Alcohol is also bad for the voice, as it dehydrates the body and therefore the vocal folds. Also avoid citric acids before your lesson.
- Take time to take a relaxed, deep breath before you start to sing or speak. It will make you feel calmer and more confident.
- After speaking for a long time, warm-down by drinking some room temperature water. Yawn and then breathe deeply. A yawn is a good exercise for your kids singing as well.
- To nurse your voice through acold or a throat infection,steam it and drink lots of water. If diagnosed with laryngitis DO NOT SING. WHEN YOU ARE SICK PLEASE ALWAYS VISIT A DOCTOR FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.
- Look after your voice. Don't strain it. Eliminate background noise before you try to speak loudly over it. If you have to project your voice, always use breath support.

Percussion Family

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Woodwind Family

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