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PLAY YOUR KEYS • SWING YOUR TUNE • SING YOUR SONG
• discover and develop YOUR musical voice •
Music is language. There are many different dialects (styles) but they can all be understood in terms of melody, harmony and rhythm. At studioMahalo, the emphasis is on musical conversation, and so we explore:
- vocabulary (theory)
- reading (sight singing)
- speaking (performing)
- writing (composition), and
- listening (ear training and more)
Conversations happen between two or more people. They can be written down and performed, as actors read and perform parts written by a screenwriter, as musicians read and perform their parts of a work written by a composer. In our daily lives, conversations are spontaneous - we speak in the moment, drawing from what we know and who we are in the moment. This ability to be spontaneous musically, the ability to improvise, has been frowned upon (to say the least) for much of the past century in the teaching of what we generally refer to as classical music. Fortunately this is beginning to change, as music is undergoing an extraordinary transformation across the planet. Just as everyone has at least one language with which they communicate, everyone should have some basic ability to communicate musically. One of the great gifts of jazz throughout its history is its enthusiastic embrace of improvisation. Improvisation is also integral to many other musical genres across the globe. The ability to improvise, to speak spontaneously drawing from what we know and who we are in the moment. is critical to successful musical conversation at any level.
At studioMahalo, we use your strengths and desire to improve your musical abilities and skills. Visit our website for more information, and then let's discuss how to make musical language a joy for you to develop and share. Thanks so much for your consideration!
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