Category: Project Ideas

Considering orchestration and arrangements with Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon

I often enjoy listening to multiple examples of the same song by the same artist. In addition to being enjoyable in and of itself, having multiple recordings of the same music can be a nice way to have learners listen to and discuss the decisions that musicians make when orchestrating or arranging music. Check out some of these recordings of Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon and maybe have students/learners listen and chat about the

Forensic Musicologists in the News Again!

The recent New York Times article The Man Musicians Call When Two Tunes Sound Alike by Alex Marshall provides some well-deserved attention to forensic musicologists and has some great potential for related project work in music programs. Marshall explains how many people “stumble into the profession,” but if we include forensic musicology as a way of engaging musically in K-12 programs, perhaps some young people might see it as a viable career pathway. We sometimes

Visualizing Music

I’m always interested in the ways that people visualize and represent music. As a field, we can often be very Western standard notation-based. I’m increasingly interested in digitally mediated ways of visualizing sound and music. I discuss some aspects of this in my chapter Inter/trans/cross/new media(ting): Navigating an emerging landscape of digital media for music education. If you are interested in the topic of music visualization, I also highly recommend Webb’s articles Music analysis down the (You) tube?

Dead Prez & Jean-Pierre Rampal – A serendipitous sample discovery

While listening to the following recording this morning I immediately thought to myself “I know that melody” . . . Jean-Pierre Rampal & Lily Laskine performing Kojo no Tsuki Now check out Dead Prez performing Behind Enemy Lines I looked at the liner notes of Dead Prez’s album let’s get free and couldn’t find any mention of the sample or its source. So, I am not sure of the actual sample source or whether it

Serial opera format as a springboard for musical exploration?

Allan Kozinn reports on the opera Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser composed by Lisa Bielawa, which will be broadcast over television or via the web in short installments over two years. I can imagine multiple ways students might engage with this as a topic or even the work itself, though I’m not yet familiar with the opera. The notion of creating music that can be shared in both a live setting (as