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Warner Bros. and Classical Music: The Anti-Fantasia Movement

In 1943, while the classical music and animation communities were still buzzing about Walt Disney’s Fantasia, Warner Bros. decided to […]

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Classical Music in Cartoons: Disney’s Fantasia

On November 13, 1940, influential film critics and Hollywood notables gathered in New York’s Broadway Theatre for the premiere of […]

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Introduction to Hand Drums: Goblet-Shaped Drums

In our previous installment, we looked at my personal favorite group of hand drums, the frame drums. Now we will […]

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Popular Piano Songs with Easy Chords

There are good reasons why the piano is the most popular instrument on the planet. The astounding power and dynamic […]

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Introduction to Hand Drums: Frame Drums

The world of hand drums is a vast one indeed, with distinct types emerging in all parts of the world […]

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What is ‘Concert Pitch’?

Concert pitch is a strange thing. Many professional musicians will spend their entire careers never having to deal with concert […]

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Famous Piano Players: 6 Innovative Players from Different Genres

The piano is an instrument that has altered music in monumental ways. Invented in Italy at the beginning of the […]

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cello repertoire

Mastering the Cello Repertoire: Twinkle Variations, Dvorak Concerto, and What Lies Between

Rich, warm, and vibrant—the cello repertoire we know today is compiled from centuries of compositions written by some of the […]

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Great Percussionists (Who Happen to be Women)

The follow-up to my last post, Great Drummers (Who Happen to be Women), seemed obvious- Great Percussionists (Who Happen to […]

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Blues Guitar: Origins and Fundamentals of Playing

If you’re a student learning how to play the guitar, getting familiar with blues music is essential.  You probably don’t […]

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