Posts by Nathan Straub

Connections: The Musical Scientific Method?

When most people hear “the scientific method,” their faces glaze over and memories of middle school chemistry class and dissecting frogs come to mind. There is certainly no one in my inner circle who associates the phrase with music! But if we seek its principles in music, then we find an amazing connection because music is filled with logical thought processes!

The Romantic Period (1810-1918)

The Romantic Period (1810-1918)

By Nathan Straub

Have you ever enjoyed the music that plays during a movie? Do you suddenly have “aha!” moments when you learn that a theme from an old cartoon was actually a legitimate composition (thank you, Looney Tunes!)?

You can thank the Romantic Period for these familiar sensations. The fact is that when most people think of classical music, they are thinking of the symphonies, concertos, operas, and sonatas of the Romantic period. Composers such as Chopin, Wagner, Debussy, Verdi, Puccini, Mahler, Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven (to be discussed a separate time!), and many more composed thousands of pieces still performed around the world.

Music History: A Brief Introduction

Music History: A Brief Introduction

By Nathan Straub

Have you ever wondered how music evolved into its current state? How did power chords, symphonies, rock concerts, Michael Jackson, and operas all come to be? This week, I will be covering three musical eras that answer a small part of these questions. These are known as the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic musical periods.

Careers In Music

Careers In Music

By Nathan Straub

Growing up, my dad always told me to do what I love, and the money will come. Years later, I'm standing at the end of my education wondering what comes next? What can you do with a music degree? Surprisingly, there are many different paths that musicians can take their gifts along. Of course, there are the well-known routes of rock star, opera diva, and concert pianist. But did you know that there are administrative jobs in universities, orchestras, opera houses, and many businesses that provide excellent compensation and hire music majors? Following is a list of careers for musicians who want to keep music as a part of their lives!

Singing With Noises

Singing With Noises

By Nathan Straub

When I first began learning how to sing, my imagination was limited in understanding what the voice was capable of doing. In fact, like most people I believed that great singers were born with skill and everybody else made due with mediocrity. As I later learned at college, this is simply not the case.

All throughout college, and at no fault to my incredible voice teacher, I struggled with my voice. It was too small, couldn’t sing big enough high notes, and wouldn’t last longer than a few songs before wimping out. While I was practicing late one evening, I had a crazy thought. What if people who had naturally beautiful voices were just used to using their voices the right way, and everybody else had it wrong to start with? What if beautiful singers were told from day one that their natural voices were beautiful, and so they didn’t need to worry about sounding “bad.”

New Teaching Internship Program

New Teaching Internship Program

By Nathan Straub

The Andrew White School of Music is proud to announce the addition of a Teaching Internship Program to our services. Internships provide valuable experience for aspiring music teachers while providing AWSOM students with the same quality of lessons you have come expect from AWSOM.