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  • Valuing Homemade Music (11/11/2017) - “It’s beautiful,” I heard someone whisper as I performed one of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s songs for piano at The Trust Performing Arts Center. I had thought the same a few weeks earlier when I chose the piece. The opening and closing section features a gradually expanding melody whose phrasing I practice by singing, although high… Continue reading Valuing Homemade Music
  • Upcycling Leather (10/17/2017) - This post now appears on my other blog Waste Less Wares.
  • Escaping the Struggle of the Chord Machine (10/7/2017) - “The piano is not a chord machine,” I have said to myself and my composition students. I have experienced its effectiveness as a chord machine while accompanying art song, hymns, and indie rock, but I have played too much repertoire by Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy to be content with writing repetitive patterns of blocked or… Continue reading Escaping the Struggle of the Chord Machine

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