I’ll be concertising!

Well the technology has come at last. The musician can give a concert from wherever they please. I’ll be trying it out on Saturday morning at 9am local time here in New Zealand. Hell- you can watch the show for free or pay something i don’t care. Check it out on Concert Window See you [...]

Singing School

Last night I went to a concert at the local sschool. My mother is chair of the school board. The show was very good and the kids sang and danced very nicely. There was a little choir and the mass sung as well. They are very good singers and dancers but they have no music [...]

Music Education II: The Kodaly Method

This method is a natural extension of being a folk music buff as the learning material is drawn, in the early years at least, from folksong. When I was about 15, my singing teacher at the time introduced me to a method of writing called tonic sola. I had only heard of this in fun [...]

Music Education V: My Personal Philosophy

In this final posting on music education I will be talking about the way I teach music. Techniques I have seen inspire young people and that sometimes can work. My philosophy has pieces of all the methods and a bit of Rudolpf Steiner. But it has worked for me. As Suzuki said we must create [...]

Music Education IV: The Dalcroze Method

Emile Jacques Dalcroze was a swiss music teacher in the early 20th century. He discovered that his University students had some skills lacking when it came to feeling a beat and counting. I first came across him when I was very young and went to music classes where we met So-Mi and his brother La-Mi [...]

Music Education I: The Suzuki Method

The Suzuki Method has always been of special significance to me as it is the way I began my piano studies. However my teachers though they had the best intensions were not trained Suzuki teachers. [That’s another story, my musical development]. Shinichi Suzuki taught himself to play the violins in is father’s factory in Japan. [...]

Introducing The Music Education Series

Music has always been a part of my life since early childhood. Being blind, it is a stereotype that I would be musical [that’s another story]. I was one of the lucky people in this world to be musical and blind. Originally I planned to do an audio series with interviews of pedagogues from the [...]

I Found Something Cool!

The RocHCI group are working on some exciting projects. I heard of them when I googled “blind photography” iPhone [exactly like that]. Up came an article, Supporting Blind Photography which talked about an app for the iPhone called EasySnap. What EasySnap did is give aural feedback to a blind person as they positioned the iPhone’s [...]