Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

4Friday: Brighter Futures for Orchestras

More and more orchestras are reporting fiscal surpluses and brighter financial futures. What an incredible turnaround from the Great Recession of 2008! Here are 4 examples:

We're celebrating my first year of teaching piano online at ArtistWorks! From now until Tuesday, December 8, save 25% off of a 1-year membership in my Online Popular Piano School. Use coupon code NEW2015 to get your discount.

Sometimes the most amazing things come from the most humble origins. Check out the amazing music you can make with everyday ordinary drinking straws!

For 1 day only, save 30% off of a 1-year membership for Online Piano Lessons with Hugh Sung at ArtistWorks.

If you've been thinking of taking piano lessons with me, then today is the day to sign up! 

Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

4Friday - Songs of Mourning

Music gives us the space to grieve. In light of the tragic events of last Friday in Paris (and let us never forget the other tragedies around the world and here at home), here are 4 French songs to help us mourn.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

A Musical Life Contest

A Musical Life” is a new podcast show sharing stories about making music and the things that move our souls, and we’re running a special contest to celebrate its launch! Visit http://amusicallife.com/contest to enter for a free chance to win this week’s special prize: Aaron Rosand’s complete recordings of all the works for Violin and Piano by Brahms.  Plus, every contestant will automatically receive a free MP3 recording of “Clair de lune” performed by Hugh Sung. But hurry - contest ends Saturday!

No, Classical Music isn't cancelled - in the world of classical music blogs, it is very much alive and well, thank you very much! I've been delighted to discover 2 new ones recently (#1 & #2). #3 and #4 have been around for a while, but very much worth checking out!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00

My new podcast: A Musical Life

I'm thrilled to announce the launch of my new podcast, "A Musical Life", where I'll be sharing stories of making music and the things that move our souls.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

4Friday: Podcasts!

Podcasts have been around for over 10 years. There used to be a number of great classical music podcasts, but for some strange reason they all died out around 2011/2012. Now it seems like it might be ripe time for a revival/renaissance. 

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First of all, what in the world is a "podcast"? Here's a short article that gives a super simple explanation.

 

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Dacia Clay knows nothing - absolutely nothing - about classical music. Turns out, that's the perfect qualification needed to become the host of an absolutely delightful and deservedly popular podcast show, "Classical Classroom", where she invites prominent artists to teach her about all aspects of classical music. I especially enjoyed the episode about leitmotif in "Star Wars" scores by John Williams...just saying...

 

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Australian pianist, blogger and piano teacher Tim Topham has a terrific podcast dedicated to helping piano teachers improve their craft and business. Video and audio-only versions are available. 

 

4

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Film and media composer Colin Thomson hosts The Modern Musician Show dedicated to helping musicians better understand the business and marketing side of music to enable them to actually make a living with their art. Highly recommended.

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