How do you compose Music?

This post address the question that I am often asked ie How do you compose? In the post, I draw back the curtain on this topic and explain some of the processes involved in creating a composition.

I also introduce Singable Sunday Psalms which is to be launched in October. I give the readers an inside glimpse of what I do personally when I am composing and also how Singable Sunday Psalms for Advent and Christmastide will be beneficial to Christian and Catholic Congregations/Parishes and Musicians of different abilities. Get read for Singable Sunday Psalms to be launched in October which you will be to purchase through my website.

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Sight Reading How to improve the skill of Sight Reading

Sight Reading -How to improve the skill of Sight Reading explores the problems associated that teachers, students and parents experience when the skill of sight reading is mentioned. The Problems associated with sight reading are not as a result of the music but an internal emotional response. The posts explores some of these ways as well as ways to learn and improve the skill of sight reading.

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Considerations for buying a Second Hand Piano.

This post is part of series in relation to buying a Piano. in this post, the focus is on the 10 key considerations required before buying a second Hand Piano. It highlights the type of information a buyer should seek from the seller whether it be a second hand seller from a music store or from unknown person or from a relative.

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How does our brain transform sound into emotion?

Listening to Music is a pleasurable activity whether we are skilled musicians or do not play an instrument or sing. Listening to Music can lift our emotions when we are down, can motivate us when we lack drive, can provide us with joy and excitement and connects with our inner being or our soul/spirit. This post explores why this is possible by exploring 6 different ways our brain transforms sound into emotions. It also explores the consequences involved in losing hearing on the emotions through the brain. It provides music examples for each of the 6 different ways the brain transforms sound into emotion.

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Art of Conversation and Music

This post explores the art of introduction and its importance in a group setting. Then this leads to a discussion of the art of conversation as it relates to music using Nocturne in E flat major by Chopin and Impromptu in A flat major op 90 by Schubert as examples. This method then provides the listener with a familiar yet personal process in which to engage in classical music.

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Buying a Piano or Keyboard Considerations.

Wanting to learn Piano? This is the first post in a 3-part series.

Post 1: Homework guide and research before shopping for your instrument. Post 2: Possible instruments to buy for different budgets. Post 3: How to maintain your instrument.

In Post 1 we explore the exciting and challenging time to buy a Piano or Keyboard. This post explores 6 key factors to be considered before you head off shopping for your instrument. This is your homework guide and research guide in part 1 of your piano/keyboard research.

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Update News and Upcoming Launches.

This blog post provides a taste of upcoming developments for talkingmusic.online. It highlights the launching of service page, some of the types of service to be included. for clients, along with news of upcoming podcast launch for talkingmusic.online.

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Music and its impact on Traditions of the World.

How are traditions of a country and/or world connected to Music? How do attitudes of individuals impact on society or on the world? The post explores these issues and provides the impact that Music plays in society for us as individuals and as a nation and world. It also highlights National Sorry Day in Australia and the Multi Cultural celebrations to be held this week in Canberra.

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The Recorder Part 2- Parts of the Recorder and functions.

In the second of the series called Instrument of the Orchestra, we explore the recorder- the parts of the recorder, the names for them and their functions. Helping a young child/grandchild learn these names and their functions gives them a greater understanding and helps them to appreciate that the recorder is not a toy or a non instrument.

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Fireworks: Our needs and its connection to Music.

Why are we fascinated by fireworks?  What is its connection to our emotions and Music?  You may be surprised with the findings.  This post explores 9 possible reasons for humanity’s fascination and its effect on our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Then, we explore how these reasons interconnect with Music with a number of music examples for your listening and enjoyment related to fireworks.

Knowing the benefits of fireworks to our overall health and well being may provide an extra bonus next time you are watching fireworks display.  Click to read this fascinating post.

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Australian National Anthem: Traditions of the World Series.

Every Country has its traditions, flag and National Anthem.

In this post, we explore:

(a)     The meaning of the word Anthem.

(b)     The relationship of the meaning of Anthem to Australian National Anthem.

(c)       Australian National Anthem Lyrics.

(d) The origins and history of Australian National Anthem.

(e) Additions to the National Anthem- Christian Verse.

(f)     Interpretations and performance considerations for the Australian National Anthem.

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Recorder Instrument- woodwind family ( part 1).

This post is the first in a weekly series called Orchestral Instruments in which I will discuss the families of instruments, their origins/history, Characteristics of the instruments of the orchestra as well as other instruments which are not regular orchestra members.

This post discusses the humble instrument the Recorder. Even though it is not a regular member of the orchestra.  it is often the first introduction to playing an instrument that children have at school.

Many parents cringe at the thought of their child learning the recorder. They either have bad memories of learning it themselves or cringe at the thought of the sound of the squeaks and squawks.  This post invites parents, music teachers and other interested people who come in contact with children to:

1.    Understand the challenges and benefits the child receives from learning the recorder.

2.    Engage in simple exercises to assist the child in learning the instrument.

Ensure the height and placement of the Music standis correct for the child

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Why I love Music and teach it ( part 2)

.WHY I LOVE MUSIC AND TEACH IT  PART 2

In this 2-part series, I want to share with you more key reasons for loving and teaching Music including the connections between maths, science, physical education, languages and Music.

Read my post to find out how Music can be life changing for you and your emotions

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Look and See Something Beautiful-the power of Music.

Our senses take in so much in a day and it can take a toll on our psyche. Before long, our senses feel saturated.   We know the effect this can have on us as we can experience it every day.  The post explores the effects of environmental sounds on our emotions, the differences between sound and music and how it affects our emotional well-being and learning styles and its impact on how we listen to music.

I invite you to join me in taking a moment each day to give our senses a boost and to look, feel, hear, taste and smell something beautiful today.

I especially love giving my ears something pleasurable to listen to- MUSIC

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Carols of the Epiphany

Carols of the Epiphany explores not only 3 Carols-Kings of the Orient ( We Three Kings), O Holy Night and The First Nowell ( The First Noel), but examines the meaning and traditions of the Solemnity of the Feast of the Epiphany from the Religious ( Catholic), Life and Music perspectives. You will be able to learn more about these carols and sing along with the various settings offered.

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Why I love Music and teach it?

In this 2-part series, I want to share with you my reasons for loving and teaching Music. You can get to know me more in my About Me page. However, I want to share with you why I love Music and why I teach it.

Music is art in sound.  It is the art of communicating in silence and in sound to our emotions. Music has power since it has the power to transform and to heal our emotions.

Music is life where I can be a melody of rejoicing, a harmony to myself and to other people, a rhythm that makes my heart beat, a stable form on which to pin my life. As a Music Teacher, I love to be able to help my students learn the skills required so that they too can fall in love with Music.  Being able to play/sing music is totally engaging because it involves us physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

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New Year Resolutions and goal setting.

Having New Year resolutions are worthwhile because:

1.    it gives us an opportunity to review our lives at the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, financial, educational levels.  

2.    it gives insight into what is working well and what needs to change.

3.    it provides hope that things can change.

4.    Hope then can provide motivation and desire to achieve. 

However New Year resolutions will remain just that unless we set ourselves up for success by correctly setting our goals.

Why not set one or 2 resolutions for your life.  Work on them each day for 365 days inching forward each day with some step towards the goal. If every person in the world, set one resolution for the year, worked on it sincerely and achieved it, imagine how much better the world could be.

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New Year Resolutions and Limbic Lag

As we lead up to New Year's Eve, many people take some time to make new Year resolutions.  Some make impossible resolutions only to be disappointed with themselves for not keeping it, whilst others make resolutions knowing that they won’t keep it. So, let's think about making a resolution- it is a resolve to change something. It means that we can identify at least one thing in our lives that we want to change.

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Want to know more: 5 day Classic Christmas carol E course.

My 5-day Classic Christmas E Course explores 5 Classic Christmas Carols- their composers, their features, the origins, and meanings and my love for them.  Understanding some of these features can bring a whole new life to listening and to singing these carols. My Classic Christmas E course explores 1. Silent Night; 2. The Little Drummer Boy; 3. O Holy Night; 4. Angels Carol and 5. Joy to the World

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