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Musical Form Lesson Plan Help! Feb. 7th, 2009 @ 11:36 pm
Hello everyone!

I'm in the process of acquiring a B.ed degree and am currently enrolled in a Music Education course.  In this course we are supposed to give a short 30-40 minute presentation on musical form.  Our textbook spends a considerable time talking about phrase form, but I know there are also larger forms such as binary, ternary, song (AABA) and rondo forms that I'd like to cover.  My question to everyone here is, do you have any advice or lesson plans that I could look at in order to get an idea of how I could present/teach this to my university class?  Do you know of any interactive websites that I could use during the presentation, or that could help me formulate a lesson?  The
class has a very limited background, so it is important to provide them with activities (any suggestions??) so that they can learn some things thoroughly rather than everything superficially...if you know what I'm saying.

Please help!  :)

Hello!! Oct. 8th, 2008 @ 01:53 am
Hello everyone!

I'm researching graduate programs in performance and was looking for some suggestions of professors you might know/like and the schools they teach at. I also wouldn't mind if any of you know some piccolo enthusiasts... I'd love to study with someone that loves picc as much as me. =]

Let me know. =]

Help one of my voice students win money for college... Oct. 5th, 2008 @ 11:21 am
Rebecca has been studying voice with me for 7 years, and she graduates next year. She's been looking for scholarships, and came across this contest for your best facial feature. Please vote for her, and help her win some money for college!

**waves** Jul. 9th, 2008 @ 06:18 pm
Hello! I don't know if newbie posts are frowned or in here, or whatever, but I'm more likely to post more if I've introduced myself.

I'm Vivien, from England. I'm just about to start my degree in music and composition at Lancaster. My main instruments are Clarinet, Flute, Piano and Saxophone. And I can't sing to save my life!

Hi, and nice to meet y'all.

American Idol Auditions Jul. 9th, 2008 @ 11:18 am
 Hello all! I don't know if this post is appropriate, so feel free to delete it if it's not. 

American Idol is coming to my city for the first time (I live in Louisville, Kentucky) in two weeks and I'm considering auditioning. I'm a vocal performance major and my forte is in classical and sometimes musical theatre. I have four songs picked out and I'm feeling confident that I have the talent and charisma to get me to Hollywood. However, I've been thinking that maybe this isn't the way I want to become known as a musician. I don't like how American Idol picks the really talented or really funny/bad people and then exploits the bad people, making them believe that they're being seriously considered for the next American Idol before they go see the judges, then making them seem like idiots.

Do any of you singers have any experience with American Idol? I'd love to hear your stories and advice. Thank you so much!


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I had two questions, but I forgot the less stupid of the two, so I'll ask the dumber one.

I would say one of my biggest weaknesses right now is my inability to perform some phrases correctly due to lack of air. Is there a way to increase the amount of air you can hold in your lungs, or does the ability to maintain a long phrase come from airflow control alone? If the former, do you know any exercises to do so? I've seen products for brass players to practice breathing without the mouthpiece or the instrument; would those be of any help?

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