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The Adventures of Ivan - piano pieces to delight young and old

The Adventures of Ivan is a suite of eight characterful piano miniatures by Aram Khatchaturian (1903-78), the titles of which suggest a narrative or snapshots in the life of a young boy called Ivan. 369 more words

Piano Teaching

How to Build a Solo Musical Theatre Voice Recital (Part 1)

Historically, the term ‘voice recital’ has been used almost exclusively to describe a performance of classical vocal music selections (often a combination of art song literature and operatic arias). 876 more words

Musical Theatre

Coming Soon From Mountain Peak Music: Solo Training for Horn

I’m long overdue for a new post and an update on my forthcoming publication from Mountain Peak Music, but with the end of the semester now in sight I can finally carve out some time to remedy that! 577 more words



Since 1965 The Sound of Music has demonstrated what a family affair choral singing can be.  Fingers has first hand sightings of sibling pairs and trios in the SHH choir; and 10% of the membership of the AAA choir is a father, daughter and granddaughter who bring far more than their 10% to everything they do with the choir. 336 more words


Themes for the Road

On the cusp of preparation for the season’s finale and some important changes, the AAA choir held a weekend retreat.  Rehearse, eat, retreat, repeat was the pattern that occurred several times over a couple days. 410 more words


New books for pianists from Trinity College London

It’s good to see Trinity College London extending its publishing programme to include more books for pianists, including collections of pieces from beginner to advanced level, and a compilation of piano exercises, selected from past exam syllabuses, all of which offer excellent resources for teachers and students alike. 374 more words

Piano Teaching


The annual high school choir Broadway concert is focused on home this year, after several months of recovery from a flood catastrophe.  We are Flying Home… 605 more words