I’m continually astonished at the number and quality of music education articles, links, and information that continue to appear around the blogosphere. Here’s a summer sampling of music education links that I’ve found interesting in the last while:
- John Mannos has recently started a Tumblr blog entitled What is worth doing is worth doing well, in which he writes about his practice process and posts screenshots of annotated scores in order to give readers some better insight into the way he thinks at the keyboard.
- Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog recently featured a Midwest Young Artists lecture by Joseph Schwantner on the compositional process of his Percussion Concerto.
- Expand your musical horizons with some of the sites on ReadWriteWeb’s 18 Streaming Music Resources.
- Waterfall talks about her quest for the ideal piano bench.
- Gretchen Saathoff has been writing a wonderful summer-long series on her practice process, including articles on articles on Practicing with your animated self, Practice tools you already own, and whether or not to practice the same music on consecutive days.
- Joseph Pisano makes the case for music technology usage in the classroom and the educational curriculum.
- Stuck on a passage that resists fixing? Jonathan West writes about Practicing a difficult passage effectively.
- Trying to find the right orchestra for your students? Patty Mitchell has some very useful suggestions on choosing a youth symphony.
- Those doing an audition are well advised to make your audition pianist happy, thanks to some great info from Billie Whittaker.
- Dan Starr looks at fluency and how to get it.
- That certain je ne sais quoi can be so difficult to achieve on stage…Susan Eichhorn Young asks the question What is that “it” factor?
- Saving money this season? Gerrit Theule looks at ways to make the cheapest rehearsal scores available and the best free options for listening to opera online.
- Finally, some great finds from Natalie Wickham: 50 Music Practice Websites and 50 Open Courseware Collections for Musicians.
Hope you’re having a great summer! In case you’re still wondering what “aestival” means, you can find a definition here.