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Everything Is Connected: Body Mapping for Musicians
Most people, including musicians, don’t really take any notice of their bodies until they feel pain or are injured. Athletes on the other hand tend to have a far greater awareness of the body, in tune with its mechanisms and
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Should You Charge Less for Online Lessons?
With the coronavirus and the attendant need for social distancing likely to last for months, many teachers have moved online in order to continue teaching, using applications such as Zoom, Skype and Facetime. This has forced a rapid embrace and
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Patrons: Music as a Market
A patron — in French mécène, from Gaius Mæcenas, first Roman ”patron of arts” — supports artists by providing them with financial, promotional or material contributions (that sometimes extends to a place to work and/or live), and through commissioning them
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Teaching Online Is the Way Forward for the Foreseeable Future
It seems as if almost our entire world has moved online in response to the coronavirus. “Online” is our means to work and to play, and musicians have embraced it fully, from livestreamed concerts from their living rooms to ensemble
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Mood Music
What on earth is mood music? As a composer, I write music to offer or extract a certain feeling from a listener, but do I intentionally create music to suit a mood or a place? Not that I’m aware of.
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Will Coronavirus Cause a Rethink in Attitudes and Habits of Musicians and Audiences?
There is no question that the coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on our daily lives, and its effect and after-effects will continue to be felt for many months and possibly years to come. For musicians, the effect of
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Finding Inspiration in Isolation
The arts don’t exist in isolation.David Byrne, musician Musicians, like writers and artists, need quiet time and solitude to pursue their work. The desire to withdraw, often for hours on end, is not necessarily a sign of unsociability nor introvertedness
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All Music Is Dance Music
I have always thought that the music I create could never be used as dance music. I hear certain slow pieces on the radio and think that there is no way anyone could choreograph movement to this near static music.
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