Author Archives: Music Teacher

Viva La Opera!!

I attended an opera recently and the demographics of the audience’s average age was about 75 years old. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but we need to educate our young about the joys and beauty of opera. 

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Morten Lauridsen – Get to Know Him

On Sunday March 16th, I was lucky enough to nab a seat in Disney Hall to listen to a whole concert of Morten Lauridsen’s gorgeous choral music. The concert was a tribute to the composer and his volume of choral … Continue reading

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The Music of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because I love the sound of Celtic music sonorities. Every year this holiday gives me a good “excuse” to teach my young Cornerstone Music Conservatory students the joy of the rhythms … Continue reading

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The Magic of Musical Expression

Written by guest blogger and Cornerstone student Silvana Ferrarin I remember a day in my sophomore year of high school when everything just fell apart. My parents had gotten into a fight at home, and I had just found out … Continue reading

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Introducing Classical Music to Kids

from August 30, 2011 MENC comment – Using popular music examples to introduce classical  music to kids Sometimes the best way to reach students in public school music classes who have never really been exposed to the beauty of classical music is … Continue reading

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Alex Davies, now an alumni from CMC

Last night our director, Ann Pittel, shared Japanese food with Alex Davies, 18, who has taken music lessons at Cornerstone Music Conservatory since he was 3 years old.  Alex was first enrolled in our toddler prep program, then the Harmony Road piano … Continue reading

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Cellos on Airplanes

Did you know that if one takes a cello on a plane, one must pay for an extra seat for the cello?  The cello actually then is entitled to bring one piece of stored luggage and one smaller under the seat … Continue reading

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Proposed Cuts to Middle School Music Programs

I have just read the sad news in the LA Times that Los Angeles Middle Schools will be cutting out some of their music classes as part of the effort to trim the school budget.  It is always music and … Continue reading

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VisionWalk: Foundation Fighting Blindness

VisionWalk: Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk is the national signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.  Since its inception in the Spring of 2006, the program has raised over $13 million to fund sight-saving research.  As promising treatments move into … Continue reading

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