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Teaching Music History with iPad — Joe Bennett

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on October 27, 2016

I’ve just watched a very inspiring presentation by UTRGV (Texas) faculty Art Brownlow about teaching music history with iPad. It’s called Teaching Music History with iPad. Rather than summarising it here, I’d suggest you just download his free ebook. Really interesting, especially for teachers of music history.

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Bernstein, The greatest 5 min. in music education

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on February 5, 2016

The Unheard Beethoven

Posted in Composers, Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 5, 2016

The Unheard Beethoven



DUANE:  This a real find.  Here we are in 2016, and Mark Zimmer brings this amazing website with unknown works of Beethoven.  Great scholarship and commentary  MP3 and MIDI files are offered  (so they are no longer unheard Beethoven).


Search by Instrumentation

About The Project


Please explore.  You’ll learn a lot and have lots of fun!


Music History – Rhythm, Meter, Dynamics, Tone,

Posted in Rhythm Study, Theory by Higher Density Blog on March 1, 2015


The Beatles – A Musical Appreciation and Analysis – Composer Howard Goodall

Posted in Comp Process, Music History, Popular, Rock by Higher Density Blog on August 7, 2014


(c) 2004 Channel Four: The Beatles – 20th Century Greats

Music has been a central part of my entire life – yet to this day I’ve never understood how it all works in terms of its emotional “mechanics”.

In Desert Island Discs mode, for me there are three towering influences: The Beatles; Bach, and Handel – they are the big three, without question. And for for those of us who hold the music of The Beatles in the highest esteem, here classical composer Howard Goodall gives us an informed and absorbing account of their musical innovation, their influence, and their lasting legacy.

It’s a real privilege to be educated by someone who can express the language of music so eloquently, as classical composer and wider musician. Not everyone is going to agree with him here, but he’s persuasive.

I’m looking forward to comments about Howard Goodall’s personal survey here; and to kick them off, the thing that struck me most was the idea of “instinctive” compositional talent, and the influence of classically-trained Sir George Martin. I have no idea why Goodall completely ignored George Martin’s contribution to the Beatles’ musical output: it’s a pretty staggering omission. Maybe it would have polluted the populist idea of Everyman, as composer?

Currently this has not been released on DVD or any other purchasable format. I am therefore uploading to my Channel to share musical education with others.

It is available elsewhere on YouTube, but I wanted to draw my Subs’ attention to it.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Michael Tilson Thomas – Music and Emotion through Time – TED Talks

Posted in Music History, Music Notation by Higher Density Blog on January 28, 2014

TED ·1,559 videos

http://www.ted.com In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate

If you have questions or comments about this or other TED videos, please go to http://support.ted.com

Sound And The Story – 1956 RCA Victor Vinyl Records – Educational Documentary

Posted in Music History, Music Technology, Recording Music by Higher Density Blog on January 20, 2014

wdtvlive42·909 videos

RCA Victor demonstrates how vinyl records were made using step by step examples of the production process. Starting with a live recording being taped, we then see a master being made, duplication of the master, a mold, and duplication of the mold ready for mass production of the latest audio masterpiece. .

WDTVLIVE42 – Transport, technology, and general interest movies from the past – newsreels, documentaries & publicity films from my archives.

The Music and SFX of Forbidden Planet

Posted in Electronic Music, Music History by Higher Density Blog on December 16, 2013

Rod Abernethy·50 videos


Jerry Butler – He Will Break Your Heart

Posted in Music, Song, Songwriter by Higher Density Blog on November 23, 2013

*STEREO*. Jerry Butler sings the superb self-penned, “He Will Break Your Heart”, from 1960. Better known as a Bobby Vee song in the UK.

101 Songs from Musicals

Posted in Broadway Songs, Music, Music History by Higher Density Blog on November 13, 2013

Eric Clapton – Documentary

Posted in Documentary, Music, Music History, Rock by Higher Density Blog on November 13, 2013

Michael Feinstein – The Gershwins – Preserving an American Cultural Legacy

Posted in Music Artist, Music History, Performance, Pianist by Higher Density Blog on November 1, 2013

MySPNN·389 videos

Westminster Town Hall Forum – October 25, 2012
Michael Feinstein is an Emmy and Grammy-nominated musician and entertainer who is widely recognized for his commitment to preserving the legacy of America’s popular song. He serves on the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board. He is director of the Jazz and Popular Song Series for New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Artistic Director of the Palladium Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. He hosts the public radio program Song Travels, and his PBS specials include Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. His new book, The Gershwins and Me, is a tribute to the brothers who most influenced his career.

Gene Krupa – Drummer

Posted in Drummer, Drums, Music, Music History by Higher Density Blog on September 27, 2013

Composing with Patterns at the Guggenheim – R. Luke DuBois

Guggenheim Museum ·156 videos

To learn more, visit http://www.guggenheim.org/anotherkind.

Presented in conjunction with Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim 1949-1960, the rotunda performance, Composing with Patterns: Music at Mid-Century featured experimental 1950s music played by an all-star ensemble of musicians directed by Christopher McIntyre. A talk by R. Luke DuBois and curatorial introduction by Tracey Bashkoff preceded the performance.

Lecture on Music at Mid-Century by R. Luke DuBois

History Of Music

Posted in Music History by Higher Density Blog on August 9, 2013
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J.B. Dyas – Teaching Jazz Fundamentals to High School and College Musicians

Posted in Jazz, Masterclass, Music, Music History by Higher Density Blog on June 10, 2013

ArtistsHouseMusic·2,290 videos

In this clip from http://www.artistshousemusic.org – Bassist and educator J.B. Dyas visits Loyola University, New Orleans, to demonstrate his approach to0020teaching jazz fundamentals to high school and college students. He takes the audience through a first-class introduction to the history and sound of jazz, including the five key elements of the style (syncopation, jazz instrumentation, improvisation, rhythm and form), and then demonstrates with the help of a Loyola sextet how to help students get accustomed to reading, interpreting, memorizing, and soloing on a jazz tune.

Walk On By – 1, 2, 3 Of 23 – BBC Documentary – The Story Of Popular Song – Stardust – The Jazz Singers

Posted in Jazz, Popular Song by Higher Density Blog on February 28, 2013

Roy Gardnerra·133 videos

Popular music belongs to any of a number of musical genres “having wide appeal” and is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. It stands in contrast to both art music and traditional music, which are typically disseminated academically or orally to smaller, local audiences.[2][3][4] Although popular music sometimes is known as “pop music”, the two terms are not interchangeable. Popular music is a generic term for music of all ages that appeals to popular tastes, whereas pop music usually refers to a specific musical genre.

(extract from Wikipedia 2011)

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