Here is a wonderful recording of one of my guitar students playing her recital piece - William Tell Overture!
U Better Sing! is a really neat sight-singing app trainer. It is challenging enough for any singer to get something out of it, but accessible enough for younger students to enjoy. I don't typically teach voice, but one of my students is really motivated by singing, so we have been doing some voice lessons for the past 6 months.
This app is great. It uses a fun cartoon environment to teach the basics of solfege singing. The students earn and unlock new levels. There is a microphone input so the app can tell if you are matching pitch. There are also listening clips to make sure the student can hear what the notes will sounds like.
Jean Philippe Rameau was a French composer who wrote music for harpsichord and voice. This piece comes from his harpsichord works. The style is termed "Baroque" and is characterized by the ornaments such as trills (the quick notes moving back and forth). It is a fun song to play and would be a delight to play on a harpsichord as there is a different touch and feel that would complement the piece greatly.
Here is an excerpt from a practice video I made for one of my students.
About 3 years ago Ellie and I started to include a "Projects" portion in the recital. This would include any creative thing done by the student - arranging a song, composing a song, improvising a song, making a Garage Band original composition, arrangement of a song, etc. This year there are some new creative ideas from some of my percussion players I would like to share with you.
Here are some clips of things I would be doing in a Zoom lesson. (Zoom is a video conferencing app like Skype)
Flashnote Derby is a fun app that has many options for learning notes. You can drill by note name, piano keyboard, or microphone input. It is cross-platform for iPad, Android, and even Kindle (the Kindle version does not have microphone input)The range of the notes is great and the flexibility to choose the exact notes you want to drill is wonderful. There are some downsides - there are no options for drilling flats or sharps, and the microphone input will only work for instruments in the key of C (and also not guitar, as the guitar notes sound 1 octave lower than written). But for getting students started on the basics of note reading, it has been an indispensable app for me!
This is a lovely composition idea one of my students created by using a repeating melody pattern.
One of my students is planning to play a Phantom of the Opera Medley that I arranged several years ago. After hearing it again I was not happy with the segue from "Phantom of the Opera" to "Music of the Night." Here is the updated segue. Enjoy!