The Consulting Arts
The Consulting Arts spawns environments that are catalysts for creativity, focusing on piano, voice, creativity coaching, art and writing. Karen Smith-Will teaches students of all ages and with various learning styles, disabilities, and health concerns. Typically her students' ages range from 5-100, and accommodations can be made for exceptional students.
I coughed before the first song. That doesn’t bode well. Not surprising, but it does serve as somewhat of a premonition, a sign of the pattern to expect during this hour while I'm performing. I take a sip of warm coffee, then coughed again. A right rib under my right breast and curving toward my back hurts in punctuation with each cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, cough, cough. Sometimes people tell me my coughs sound just like a sneeze. From the inside, though, they feel quite different.
When the last strains of the prelude end, I slide onto the black, slick bench of the grand piano.
This contest exclusively for registered The Consulting Arts students is inspired by one of my friends who has always said that instead of calling it “practice,” you should just call it “playing music.”
How many days of the month do you really play or sing? Now that you’ve started back to the routine of Fall, you should have a good idea of where music fits in your new schedule. The TCA student that plays the most days in October 2017 will be the winner. If there is a tie—we hope there will be tons of students that play every day in October!—there will be a drawing on Wednesday, November 1.
Prize: 2 Exhibits Tickets to the Science Museum of Virginia (expiration November 30, 2018)
A theme that occasionally emerges in my conversations with others is the relationship between "sacred" and "secular:" is there a continuum between the two concepts? Should the two be considered as mutually exclusive? In viewing an award-winning documentary this evening, A Model for Matisse, I was struck by Henri Matisse's own observations on this dichotomy: "I’ve always sought that the earthly nourishment of my art may reveal His manifest glory to those who are blind to it."
Reading individual notes is a incremental building block that can later be used for sight reading music. These games make sight reading fun to learn and competitive:
- Reading on the Treble or Bass Clef (has 10 levels and has a score)- http://www.vicfirth.com/education/keyboard/speednotegame.php
- Reading on the Treble or Bass Clef (has 3 levels and has a score) - http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/music/namethatnote.htm
Sight reading series - I Can Read Music: A Note Reading Book for Violin Students by Joanne Martin - this series is available for the treble staff. Wish they had one for bass! Although it says it is "for Violin" Students, it can easily be used for voice practice.
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