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Piano Ensemble Poster Exhibition

A picture paints a thousand words. How would you assemble images and text to raise awareness of an upcoming event that is free to the public and gives you a taste of what it’s like to play piano and make music with others? What do you need to capture interest, ignite desire, and commit to participating in such an event?
This was the challenge given to the eight students of Harvey Reed’s Art 115 2D Design Project Class, using Adobe Photoshop and photos taken by Reed’s Art 107D Photo Class.
Numerous scientific studies have established universal benefits of learning a musical instrument, specifically the piano for adults. Some of these benefits include improved concentration and attention, stress relief, relaxation, memory enhancement, spatial task performance, linguistic capability, personal growth, enjoyment, aesthetic appreciation, musicianship, and fun.
Compared to other instruments, the piano is relatively easy for an adult to learn the basics quickly. It also has the largest repertoire of any instrument. Nowadays free sheet music for solo piano is readily downloadable from the Internet. Free tutorials on how to play popular songs are widely available on Youtube. This Internet Age of peer-to-peer sharing of music and tutorials has given a shortcut to learning an instrument, without having to start at an early age.
In a group situation, students can also learn from each other. The college format of group piano classes offers the adult learner a supportive social environment with peers to challenge and motivate. A group can provide a wider range of experience, discussion, critical listening, study of historical contexts, and collective decision making.
The traditional way of learning to play the piano is expensive for time-challenged and budget-conscious adults. Private, individual lessons on [...]

Free Piano Workshops in Kupa’a 104

Poster designed by Rossil Estillore, of Harvey Reed’s Design Class, UHMCDid you know that Room 104 in the Kupa’a Building has more pianos than anywhere else on Maui?

It’s the ideal place to learn to play piano in a group setting. It’s social, dynamic, and fun! That’s why musicians join rock bands, chamber ensembles, or orchestras.

Experience what it’s like to play the piano in a FREE one-hour workshop. Here’s what we learned in the last two workshops:

December 18, 2013: we played two pieces to official videos (John Lennon’s Imagine and Pachelbel Canon to Vitamin C’s Graduation Song)

March 21st, 2013: five piano students assisted eight members of the Inspired Teaching Committee (faculty and staff) to play all 88 keys on the piano

the chromatic scale using just three fingers
block and broken triads by crossing hands over each other
pentatonic improvisation to create a massive sound field
introduction to Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling

Next two workshops:

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 from 2 to 3 PM celebrate Earth Day Jam — learn to play Iz’s “Over the Rainbow” and other finger ballet. After the workshop, there’s a break with snacks. You can stay and listen to live performances of current piano students as they prepare for their final recital.
Wednesday May 7th, 2014  piano concert from 5 to 6:30 pm.  Piano ensemble workshop from 7 to 8 pm, with ensemble performances.

Participating in these workshops will give you an idea what it’s like to play the piano. And then you can decide to register for additional workshops and courses later.

Noncredit courses – 3 x 2 hour evening workshops through Edventure August 19, 20, 21, 2014
For credit courses – 16 weeks x 2 credits Fall 2014 offered M&W 9-10:15 AM; M&W [...]

Bruno Mars Scholarships For Grammy Camp

Hawai‘i’s own Bruno Mars has teamed up with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to offer five scholarships for high school students to Grammy Camp! “The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that five students will receive financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp through the support of the Bruno Mars Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund was established through a grant from the Hawai’i Community Foundation at the recommendation of Bruno Mars. The fund will cover the tuition of one qualified high school student each year for the next five years with preference given to students from Hawai‘i.”

In order to be eligible, U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition and a financial assistance form at http://www.grammyintheschools.com. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be notified in May.

By |February 26th, 2014|Blog, Helpful Links|0 Comments|

How To Write A Killer Artist Bio

The Disc Makers Echoes blog posts outstanding features that are geared for independent artists, but really, any recording artist could benefit from this column on writing a great artist bio. Follow the advice here and you may just find it easier to get your music  heard by music writers and website visitors.

 

 

By |January 23rd, 2014|Helpful Links|0 Comments|

The Secrets of Vocal Health on the Road

Jaime Vendera is a vocal coach, world-renowned for his wineglass-shattering voice as seen on shows like MythBusters, Dr. Oz, and Super Human Showdown. Many of his books, including Raise Your Voice 1 & 2, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and the Sing Out Loud series have been read by countless singers, beginner and pro alike. Jaime offers some tips on Voice Council Magazine’s website that could make the difference between singing night after night or cancelling a gig.

By |October 3rd, 2013|Blog, Helpful Links|Comments Off|

The Top 5 Lyric Pitfalls

Jason Blume is in his eighteenth year of teaching BMI’s Nashville Songwriters’ Workshop, and has written hit songs for many artists in a staggering variety of genres. Jason has also been a regular instructor and mentor at the Kaua‘i Music Festival. He offers his list of the Top Five Pitfalls that he sees in many songs that he has seen and heard.

By |September 24th, 2013|Blog, Helpful Links|0 Comments|

A Guide to Music Performance Royalties

The folks at the website “Music • Technology • Policy” have posted an excellent and concise series of blog posts that discuss the creation of music, from composition, through copyrighting, publishing and recording, and explains how these various parties in these creative activities can make money from them. Part One and Part Two.

 

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5 Top Tips to Get the Most from Your Affordable Vocal Mic

CD Baby’s DIY Musician blog is a great source for useful information on maximing your money, time and resources. This recent addition talks about how to get the most from your affordable vocal microphone.

This post should not be construed as an endorsement of CD Baby or its services, simply a link to what we believe to be a valuable resource for musicians.

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