GRAMMY SUCCESS: Many are sharing their excitement for Kent Knappenberger, a high school choral conductor who just won the first Grammy Award for Music Education. Personally I’m excited for some of my friends who are in the group Roomful of Teeth, which won a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
USING SOCIAL MEDIA AS ADVERTISING FOR YOUR CHOIR.
HOW TO PRACTICE MUSIC BETTER: “Music is multitasking: music is doing a lot of things at once. You have to blow and finger at the same time, listen and play, listen to yourself and listen to others, listen to yourself and read music. We have to train ourselves to do seemingly dozens of things simultaneously. You need an efficient method to learn to integrate lots of activities into one activity, and then you will learn everything more quickly. As teachers, we often see students trying to add another element too soon, and then everything falls apart.”
RICHARD SPARKS ON THE YOUNG CONDUCTOR, PART II: “[I]t’s critical for the beginning conductor–and many who are already teaching or leading a church choir–to remember that the conductor has an amazing range of skills and knowledge to master. That’s the point of today’s post for the blog. And much of this takes years to master…”
I’M DEFINITELY EXCITED ABOUT THIS: Renee Fleming to Sing National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
CALL ME SKEPTICAL: “Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able to Pop a Pill for That.”
THE FIRST PART of a great interview with Grant Gershon, conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale: “Mr. Gershon runs an extremely efficient rehearsal. There are no wasted moments, no dawdling over what to do next, or wondering how he wants his singers to approach an upcoming passage. Instructions about what kind of dynamics, phrasing, or philosophical approach are offered in a concise way.”