In the Class Notes video Mexican Music: Celebration, Rhythm, and History we meet Mexican composer Julio Morales, who gives us a taste of the music from the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, where he was born in Tampico, and Veracruz, where he currently lives.
Sociologists speak of class envy, while Freudians speak of penis envy - but in the choral world (and is what is the choral world, after all, but a trembling microcosm of the world itself?) it's tenor envy that seethes just below the surface, erupting now and then in sometimes cruel, other times amusing ways.
The Class Notes video "Give & Take: How to Respond to Feedback" uses humor and contrast to show what feedback looks like and how it helps musicians perform their best.
In the Class Notes video "How Do Composers Compose?" we are given a glimpse into the creative process with composer Jake Runestad, who answers a range of questions from "What do composers do?" to "Where do you like to compose?"
In the Class Notes video "Major and Minor: What's the Difference?" Jack the Lumberjack and Oliver, his tiny feathered friend, help us understand these ideas and how they can create a particular mood, atmosphere, or intensity in a piece of music.
Composer Kevin Puts's ties to Minnesota continue to grow. This weekend, his Minnesota Opera commission -- The Manchurian Candidate -- premieres in St. Paul. Puts recently spoke with Classical MPR's Emily Reese.
In the Class Notes video "The Musical Round: A Roundabout Tale," we learn how rounds work, and how in turn they welcome us to engage in harmony and polyphony.
In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Woodwinds Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of woodwind instruments.
In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Brass Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of the trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba.
In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Percussion Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments.
In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Strings Family," we are introduced to an eccentric, outdated computer named Tommis, who provides an overview of the violin, viola, cello, double bass, and the harp.
In our latest Class Notes video, we follow the travels of Antonin Dvorak from Europe to New York City and the American Midwest, arriving at last at Minnehaha Falls.
This Class Notes video is a short, vibrant tour of several of the connections between art and music.
In this Class Notes video, we get an overview of what's in a score: clefs, notes, signatures, instrumentation, and other elements that musicians refer to when they perform.
The Class Notes video What To Do at a Concert is designed to help teachers clarify some of the expectations for classical audiences. It uses humor to get at the heart of why classical music calls for a more expansive share of our attention than other kids of performance do, and why it's worth doing so.