8 Technology and Online Learning Resources from Steve’s Music Room

8 Technology and Online Learning Resources from Steve's Music Room. To help with your tech or remote learning needs, I've compiled a list of blog posts from the website to help you in your endeavors. 3 Awesome Online Drum Machines 9 Ways to Use Google's Blob Opera MIDI for Music Teachers: Using MIDI in the … Continue reading 8 Technology and Online Learning Resources from Steve’s Music Room

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The “Continuum of Creativity”

I began thinking about the concept of a “Continuum of Creativity” after watching Adam Neely’s video “Why No Rap Covers?” In the video, Adam Neely, and Ethan Hein examine the idea of why rap covers are so rare. It comes down to an unwritten rule throughout hip-hop culture that dictates, lyrically and sonically speaking, that covering (biting) other rappers is disrespectful and should not be done. Of course “covering” is common in jazz and in rock music culture, as well as a number of other Western musical traditions. As Adam points out in the video, there is a book of songs that every jazz musician needs to know how to play. In rock music, there are tribute bands devoted to copying entire recordings note-for-note.

Winter and Christmas Concert Songs that Don’t Make Me Want to Rip My Ears Off!

Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas and I have enjoyed doing Christmas and winter concerts with my learners... once I moved away from traditional Christmas songs. I mean, many of those have stood the test of time for a reason but they are overly religious and let's face it--if I hear "Hark, the Herald … Continue reading Winter and Christmas Concert Songs that Don’t Make Me Want to Rip My Ears Off!