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 … Read more about Which Music Industry Job is Right for You?
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 … Read more about Q&A with Inspired, Dynamic Composer/Pianist Helen Jane Long
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 … Read more about Start Playing Music Again – Tips for relearning an instrument
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 … Read more about Three Piano Songs That Are Nearly Impossible to Play
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 … Read more about Introducing Musicnotes Song Spotlight: Musical Inspiration, Delivered On-Demand
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 … Read more about The Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Kids: How Does Music Help?
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 … Read more about Take a Quick Trip Through The History of Sheet Music – A Fun Infographic
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 … Read more about Back-to-School Choir Spotlight! New Choral Arrangements of Popular Songs.
Piano teachers know that the day always comes when a student asks to play a song or piece that isn't in their method book. If they're a first or second year student, it's quite possible that they aren't ready to play the most difficult (and usually most accurate) arrangement available. As their … Read more about How to Choose Sheet Music for Piano Students