Spontaneous Improvisation

n my January 2016 blog, “Discovering Your Musical Purpose”, I wrote:  

 “As a long-time music teacher and performer, I believe that a well-rounded musician needs to be able to do the following:

  1. Sight-read scores written with standard musical notation.
  2. Improvise spontaneously using chord progressions.
  3. Accompany a singer or solo instrument (using a keyboard) from a score that uses only a melody, lyrics, and chord symbols.”  

TOP 5 Ways to ALWAYS Pass an Exam

TOP 5 Ways to ALWAYS Pass an Exam

One of our outstanding 12 year old piano students is about to take his Grade 7 on the piano. Andrew Shi, has taken his top 5 tips and formulated them into an excellent blog to help all current and future exam students know how to best prepare when taking a music exam! Well done on this great post Andrew!

Sight-reading and the Trivium

By John Hart

Every subject, including sight-reading, has its grammar, logic, and rhetoric.  (These 3 terms are referred to as the “Trivium”, a term often used in classical education.)  The “grammar” of a subject is the knowledge base—a pool of facts.  The logic stage is where we put those facts together in an orderly way, and the rhetoric phase is where we put it all together and so something meaningful and creative.