Archive for May, 2012

Piano favorites from G. Schirmer Publications

By AnneMarie Cordeiro 

G. Schirmer has proven itself to be an important and influential figure in American music publishing. This publishing house continues to offer a wide variety of sheet music to be enjoyed by practical and theoretical musicians of all levels. Take a look at these piano favorites from Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics!

Sonatina Album, by various composers

Sonatina AlbumFor teachers, students, and self-taught pianists, Schirmer has organized this collection for both performance and pedagogy. The editors have arranged these selections by composer as well as in a series of progressive lessons comprised of sonatinas and other short pieces, displaying an intention that the book be used for lessons and recitals.

This Schirmer collection features multi-movement sonatinas by several composers, including Muzio Clementi. Clementi was renowned as a composer, a performer, and a teacher during his life, also filling roles as a publisher and piano manufacturer. The original compositions that made Clementi famous as a performer were the same pedagogical tools he used for his students.

Try your hand at the same pages performed by the masters!

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How to Improve Your Vocal Range

By Jennifer Kay

In my many years of singing, I’ve realized that the topic of vocal range can be very tricky, but always worth discussing. A singer should invest in voice lessons if they want to improve; however, if lessons aren’t an option, there are a few tips that can help. I can’t guarantee you’ll be hitting the high notes like Mariah Carey by the end of this article, but hopefully you will learn something new!

Tip #1: Proper Placement

You cannot increase your vocal range in a safe and healthy way without learning how to sing with proper placement.  If you’ve ever sung in a choir, you’ve heard the terms “sing in your mask”, “sing through your eye balls”, “sing through your cheekbones”, etc.  As a singer, you want to take care not to sing from your throat and that you, essentially, sing from the same place you naturally speak from.  One great exercise for this is Continue reading ‘How to Improve Your Vocal Range’

Glossary of Non-Italian Musical Terms

By Charles Moehnke

As musicians we all are familiar with Italian musical terminology. From our first glimpse of sheet music we are exposed to words like andante, crescendo, accelerando and meno mosso until they become a natural part of our lexicon.
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Composer Spotlight: Carol Matz

Photo: Carol Matz

Carol Matz

By Nicole Elliot

Carol Matz is a well-known composer and arranger of piano music. With over 25 years of piano teaching experience, she currently serves as a Keyboard Editor for Alfred Music Publishing. Carol works from her home studio in South Florida and has a real passion forinspiring her students.  We caught up with Carol recently and asked her a few questions about her writing.

Which of your publications means the most to you, and why?

I would say my Famous & Fun series is the closest to my heart. These are books of supplementary piano arrangements in different categories (such as Christmas, Classics, Pop, Duets, etc.) written in levels from Early Elementary to Intermediate. Now, I may be a writer, but I’m a teacher first. For years, when I looked for supplementary arrangements for my students, I was frustrated by the lack of consistent leveling within each book. So with Famous & Fun, I’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that all the arrangements fall consistently within each level, and that teachers can easily use them along with any method they might be teaching from. My own students really have fun with these books, and enjoy playing pieces they know, along with their regular studies.

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