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The 2015 Musician’s Health Survey

“How old were you when you first experienced performance anxiety?” “What are the biggest contributing factors to any performance anxiety you might feel?” “Have you ever used beta-blockers for performance anxiety?” Presented all in one place, here are the preliminary … Continue reading

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The Royal Military School of Music…

We believe the above clipping relates to the following two pieces of information regarding the founding of The Royal Military School of Music in 1857 at Kneller Hall. The first from COMPOSERS’ FORUM Military Music and its Ancient Traditions

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The Infamous Timpani Part – Bruch Symphony no. 2!

Due to popular demand, I just thought I’d repost the well known segment from Max Bruch Symphony no.2. The timpani is in F & C and the point of interest occurs at letter K. o-iii<O

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Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You

Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You By Tom Barnes January 08, 2015 If your parents forced you to practice your scales by saying it would “build character,” they were onto something. The Washington … Continue reading

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Chicken Beatles!

You would have thought they could have used a John’Leghorn’ at the front! The iconic Abbey Road Beatles album cover…

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The Future

Robert Goldman 31 May 2016 ·     FUTURE PREDICTIONS: In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to … Continue reading

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Professional Musician Humour…

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Life’s Odyssey…

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One of the greatest dance numbers ever filmed!

Fred Astaire once called this “the greatest dance number ever filmed.” A clip from the movie “Stormy Weather” (1943) featuring Cab Calloway and his orchestra performing “Jumpin Jive” with the Nicholas Brothers.

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Footage of Rare 1953 Music Typewriter

Basic demo of a rare 1953 Keaton music typewriter. The Keaton Music Typewriter is an extremely rare typewriter that prints musical notation on to sheet music paper. The typewriter was invented in 1933 by Robert H. Keaton and was originally … Continue reading

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