BBC News - Cleveland Orchestra plays in bars to... →
Anyone who says that classical music is inaccessible needs to watch this video. The Cleveland Orchestra has been doing amazing things in their community! I love going to the Happy Dog!
Graduating and getting to leave behind all the...
whatshouldwecallclarinet: Deuces, assholes.
I should really practice sometime soon…
I GOT AN A+ IN MUSIC HISTORY!!!! WUT?! Also…STRAIGHT A’S 4.0 BITCHEZZZZ
I just bought the music for this because I will...
I am a little bit obsessed with getting the highest grade in music history. Not that it was going to be that difficult seeing as the class started with 20 people and there were only seven taking the final. I can’t stop hitting refresh!
First order of business as a new graduate...
Nap. Then clean. Then find an apartment for next year. I’m probably going to just get Chinese food and watch the six weeks of housewives I’m behind on…
Before playing 26 repetitions of Pomp and...
whatshouldwecallclarinet: Tomorrow. Screw walking!
I had a dream about Pärt last night. I must be ready for this test…
contrabassic replied to your post: I love when I’m walking down the halls and I hear… Are we talking theory/sight singing/keyboard skills or are we talking math? Because I definitely hated math. Oh, yea screw math! But they are talking about theory, aural skills, and history! WUT!?
I love when I’m walking down the halls and I hear people bitching about being bored by/failing core classes because “they don’t pertain to me or my major/what I want to be doing.” I’m pretty sure they’re called core classes for a reason. If they don’t pertain to what you want to do in the future, then you have clearly missed the point and should probably...
What Happens to Your Brain When You Have Stage... →
Lets keep it real...
I have already started looking for apartments in Cincinnati. There is no need to ask where I am going anymore :)
Return to Home Page: Mental Practice →
chastinehofmeister: “mental simulation of movements activates some of the same central neural structures required for the performance of the actual movements. In so doing, mental practice alone seems to be sufficient to promote the modulation of neural circuits involved in the early stages of motor skill…
LASSTTTT DAYYYYY!! Last day of undergrad classessss! LAST.DAY. I’m so checked out…and drunk!
This department lets some of the most outrageous and blatant favoritism happen…I cannot. Some of these teachers are so shameless. I told three teachers/administrators that I got into CCM today, and they all replied with “well, we have a really great grad from UM coming,” as if I’m supposed to a) give a shit and b) believe them, because this grad apparently doesn’t...
Boy. I sure do love coming to school hours before I needed to to rehearse with assholes who couldn’t get their shit together/never came to class yesterday. I also REALLY love how no one has shown up yet. I’ve been here for an hour. Good thing our class recital is tomorrow and I’m the only instrumentalist. I was already promised an A, so I’m only annoyed about having to...
I never want to play Francaix until I listen to someone else do it and then I get tricked into thinking that it would be fun and IT NEVER IS! It’s satisfying…but not fun to learn. And now I need to play it…
...except your clarinet teacher
It’s not a real Cleveland State recital until it’s crashed by a crazy homeless woman who wants to play background piano music during the reception.
If you are a teacher and you walk up to someone who has been at that school for five years, has had countless performances where they were sometimes featured, and you see them practice everyday for hours…it is not a compliment when you say “Wow, I didn’t know you played that well.” That’s you being a back-handed compliment giving asshole. It also lets other teachers...
But seriously, I just got a little teary when I listened to the third movement from my recital. I just remember how hard we worked on it, and the whole piece in general. We sound SO good…it’s amazing. That fifth variation though…so many rehearsal hours for a 30 second variation. It will come in handy tomorrow when I am reading this and the Ligeti with a quintet I’m filling in...
Finished my final music history paper early so I can be drunk at school for the next two weeks. CHECKED O.U.T
Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants To Be →
I wish I could paste this all over the walls at school.
On The Value of Mentors →
I am currently in musical limbo. I have no idea where I’m going next year. I haven’t heard anything about money from Rutgers or DePaul, and I don’t know what the status is on the wait list at CCM. So I’m just…waiting. And it’s putting me in a not so great head space. In the past two weeks I’ve slept maybe 6 hours and I feel like a zombie…and I’m pretty sure I’ve been seeing things for a few days...
Last concert. Sounded pretty on Molly on the shore. On my third long island. E-flat lesson at 11 tomorrow. Zero fucks given.
BBC News - Conductor Sir Colin Davis dies →
So sad :( RIP
If there is one thing that this accompanying class has taught me, it’s that I will pay as much money as possible for an accompanist who knows what they’re doing.
whatshouldwecallclarinet: Listening to a recording: Actually seeing the music:
Today I predict that I will check my email 4748282363738382 times
I don’t think I have one more day of waiting in me. I will melt the F down if there is no word on anything tomorrow. And now there is the extra pressure of May 1st getting closer and closer. My degree application did finally get approved by the music department…after it spent almost three weeks sitting in the department chair’s mailbox… deep breaths.
Browsing Van Cott's website
whatshouldwecallclarinet: I don’t know if I’ve ever publicly extolled this website, but it’s where I buy most of my music. There’s a huge inventory and he ships super quickly. vcisinc.com Doing this right now to take my mind off of how there was NO mail today. Not even junk mail. WTF. Buying every Urtext i can…
Yo-Yo Ma Has 'Three Big Ideas' About The Future Of... →
nprmusic: 1. Societies are powered by three engines: politics, economics and culture. A vibrant society exists when all three engines are firing and intersecting, resulting in a populace that is energized, engaged and fulfilled. 2. Our collective work in the arts is not just relevant, but essential to strengthening our culture and positively influencing society. Thus: “Art for Life’s Sake.” ...
No news is stupid news.
I just want to know if I can afford grad school. I just want to know if I’m off the wait list. I’m tired and just want this to be over.