Music Education

Not Enough Music Teachers In Ontario Elementary Schools: Report

CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Music

TORONTO - An education watchdog is striking some sour notes about the number of Ontario elementary schools with teachers dedicated to helping kids lea...

Music's Greatest Lesson? The Value of "Every Day Effort"

Penny Will | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Penny Will

Many of my videos are terrible. Many are experiments. Many are too short. Many are too long. I've deleted countless failures and I've re-issued some with improvements. Not everything has to be gold. This is the incredibly valuable lesson of music. A little effort every day and you can move mountains.

When Is Too Late to Learn An Instrument?

Penny Will | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Music
Penny Will

There is a misconception in the world that learning is for the young. That somehow if you don't become a concert pianist by the age of six, you may as well give up music altogether. For one thing,f I don't want a six-year-old deciding my career path, but also it's not all or nothing with music.

A Crash Course on Musical Transposition

Penny Will | Posted 11.22.2012 | Canada
Penny Will

Transposition is a musical term for moving notes higher or lower to change key. So why do arrangers transpose? Why not keep everything in it's original key and for that matter why don't composers always write in C, as it has no flats or sharps? Choosing the key of a piece is somewhat like choosing a seat in an airplane. Though all the seats are sort of the same, everyone has preferences, for various reasons.

The Piano Roll of The 21st Century: The MIDI File

Penny Will | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Music
Penny Will

Piano rolls were paper tubes that made a player piano play a song. You would thread in one end of the paper roll -- kind of like an old film projector. As the paper fed through, little holes would tell the piano what notes to play. Fast forward a few centuries and meet digital music's digital equivalent: MIDI files.

Struggling With a Piece of Music? Crack the Code

Penny Will | Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada Living
Penny Will

Why do some people find playing a song very easy and others find it exceedingly difficult? I think it's because as we practice we are basically trying to crack the code of a piece. Some will understand it immediately, for some it takes a moment, and some never seem to get it. The best part of all, is once you have cracked one type, the next song in that style or genre is that much easier as you have the code partially cracked already. For that reason it's important to try many different styles of music.