New Music Reviews: May/June 2017

(S3) Aurora: 5 Original Solos Inspired by the North, by Naoko Ikeda. Japanese composer Naoko Ikeda composed five lyrical character pieces based upon "the Scandanavian landscapes of [her] own imagination." Aurora has the potential to motivate intermediate students, especially those who enjoy music with lyrical phrasing and expressive timing. Ikeda i...
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Pedagogic Training + Teaching Experience + Compositional talent = Robert Vandall!

As I have taught over the years, I have come to trust and rely on certain composers. I know that these composers write high quality music that my students will enjoy playing. But how do these composers start? Were they successful from the beginning? Did they ever get a rejection slip from a publisher?  One of the best of the long term, "tried ...
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What Do You Do When Adults Are Determined to Play Repertoire They Can't Possibly Play Well? Part 1: Shift to Alternative Choices

The question for this issue should have a familiar ring to it. It's certainly asked often enough when teachers get together. Are there any adults upwards of thirty alive today who don't want to play Für Elise and the Moonlight Sonata before they are technically ready? I'm convinced that there was something in the water consumed by pregnant women se...
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