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Which Music Industry Job is Right for You?

Generally speaking, the music industry refers to businesses and people who create and sell music, musical performances, and music-related products to the public. The term “music industry” covers a wide variety of fields and positions. It can include everything from a concert pianist to a sound engineer to a pop star. For most people, their interest in the music industry begins with a simple love of music. The good news is that if music is your passion, there are myriad ways that you can channel that interest into a respectable, enjoyable career. The music industry is made up of individuals in a number of roles, including: Musical creators, such as
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Q&A with Inspired, Dynamic Composer/Pianist Helen Jane Long

While you may not immediately recognize Helen Jane Long‘s name, chances are you’ve heard her inventive, versatile compositions for television and movie scores (including programs on BBC and Discovery Channel), her commercial work for brands like British Airways and Volkswagen, or you may be one of the scores of contemporary-classical music fans who’ve discovered Long’s stunning original compositions from her bestselling solo albums. Long just released her fourth original solo album, ‘Identity,’ earlier this year, and is currently on tour with her string section, The London Players. Upcoming dates include engagements in Chicago on November 4th and at the San Francisco Herbst Theatre on November 16th. (Hurry! A limited number
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Start Playing Music Again – Tips for relearning an instrument

There are many of us out there who took music lessons as a child but stopped when we reached adulthood. If you are experiencing the urge to get back into playing music as an adult, you’re certainly not alone. Here are some tips and food for thought about how to prepare yourself for a successful musical restart. Finding the right teacher There are several reputable online resources out there that can help you locate a teacher that will be a good fit for you. As a teacher, I have favored Reverb Lessons, and have had some of my best students find me through that channel. Be sure to get in
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Three Piano Songs That Are Nearly Impossible to Play

The question of “What piano songs are the most difficult to play?” has inspired friendly arguments among music lovers, likely for as long as piano songs have been composed. The issue of what, exactly, makes a piece of music “difficult” to play is difficult to define. For example, a song which is ten hours in length is going to be “difficult” regardless of the complexity of the song itself. Then there is the question of entertainment value. If a song is not pleasant to hear, then pianists will have little interest in playing it simply to take on the challenge. Therefore, the only true way to determine which piano songs
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4th and 5th Graders Excitedly Open Their New Instruments, Donated by a Musicnotes Grant Through VH1 Save The Music Foundation

Musicnotes Teams with VH1 Save The Music Foundation to Bring Strings Back to Elementary School

The halls of one elementary school are alive with the sound of music, thanks to a partnership between Musicnotes.com and VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Musicnotes.com sponsored a $35,000 strings program through VH1 Save the Music Foundation at Sandburg Elementary school in Madison, Wis. The program will allow all 4th and 5th grade students, regardless of economic status, to participate in music education. The event, which took place September 12, 2016, featured a surprise ‘unveiling’ of the instruments for the school’s 4th and 5th graders, who were giddy with excitement over the new violins, violas and cellos. Representatives from VH1 Save The Music and Musicnotes.com spoke to the children about
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Musicnotes Song Spotlight

Introducing Musicnotes Song Spotlight: Musical Inspiration, Delivered On-Demand

While almost everyone can appreciate music in its completed form, we musicians respect and honor all the individual components that go into creating the art of music. From scores and arrangements to lyrics to performances, we know that a song isn’t only about the finished product, but that the some of its parts create an invaluable experience that has the ability to uplift, encourage, move and inspire. This is why we’re so proud to announce our NEW Song Spotlight video series. Musicnotes Song Spotlight videos were created to provide music lovers an inspiring, personalized ‘behind the curtain’ look at the art of writing music, speaking to the writing process and
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The Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Kids: How Does Music Help?

Emotional intelligence — or emotional quotient (EQ) — is a lot like your IQ (intelligence quotient), but instead of assessing your smarts, it looks at your emotions. Basically, emotional intelligence indicates how well you can recognize and use your emotions. More schools are integrating emotional intelligence learning into their programs to help children perform better in the classroom. One way to do this is to incorporate music-related studies into the curriculum, as research has shown a very close relationship between emotional intelligence and music. What Is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence refers to your ability to perceive emotions and assess them. This includes your ability to understand emotions, read others’ emotions,
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The History of Sheet Music

Take a Quick Trip Through The History of Sheet Music – A Fun Infographic

Just like any language, musical notation has evolved over time. The stave, clefs, notes, accidentals, dynamics and other building blocks that we today recognize as notation didn’t always exist. Similarly, it wasn’t always as easy as downloading the sheet music you want in the key you need from anywhere. (Yes, those were dark times, indeed.) From stone to sheets to iPads, the portability of sheet music certainly has improved in the past 5000 years or so. Take a look at other ways notation, sheet music and sheet music publishing have advanced from ancient Mesopotamian beginnings to today. Click here for a printable PDF version. Click here to view the infographic
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News: Record Your Performance in Our iOS App, and Upload to Social Networks Instantly!

MADISON, WI — August 24, 2016 — Every one of us is just a video away from becoming the next YouTube musical star. Musicnotes.com, the world’s leading publisher and retailer of digital sheet music and sheet music technology, is helping musicians get their shot at stardom via new audio/video recording and social media distribution in its free iOS Sheet Music Player app. The company today unveiled the latest version of its Musicnotes Digital Sheet Music Player for iOS, which allows users to record their sheet music performances straight from the app using their iPad’s camera. Musicians may then share their videos via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other social networks. “We’re
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Back-to-School Choir Spotlight! New Choral Arrangements of Popular Songs.

Jonathan Miller, Musicnotes choral arranger extraordinaire and director of choral catalog, shares insight into recently added choral arrangements. I’ve been creating a number of new choral settings for songs that have been popular in their original piano-vocal versions. Here are a few that you and your choir might enjoy. “H.O.L.Y.” for STB Choir (Originally performed by Florida Georgia Line) This love song has great bluegrass/gospel harmonies. Mostly I set myself the task of transcribing faithfully the harmonies in the refrain of the original recording. This song would be great to perform either with a vocal trio or a larger ensemble. “Just Like Fire” for SSA Choir Also available for SATB,
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