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Music Theory Classes Springfield MA

Music theory classes offer lessons on introduction to minor chords, key signatures, introduction staff and clefs, writing intervals, trial inversion and many more. See below for local businesses in Springfield that give access to Roman numeral analysis, voicing chords, as well as advice and content on diatonic seventh chords and composing with minor scales.

Diane Sanabria
453 Bridge Rd. 453 Bridge Rd.
Florence, MA
Autoharps, Banjo, Composition, Dulcimer, Ear Training, Ethnomusicology, Guitar, Mandolin, Musicology, Other, Theory, Ukelele, World Music
Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Years of Experience
40 Years

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Community Music School of Springfield
(413) 732-8428
Springfield MA
Springfield, MA

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Northhampton Community Music Center Inc.
(413) 585-0001
Northamptom MA
Northamptom, MA

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Elms College ( Division of Humanities and Fine Arts)
(413) 594-2761
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA
Mount Holyoke College (Music at Mount Holyoke)
(413) 538-2000
50 College Street
Hadley, MA
Music & Arts
(860) 648-9178
The Center at Vernon Circle, 378 Kelly Road
Vernon, CT
Westfield State College
(413) 597-4049
Westfield MA
Westfield, MA

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Springfield College (Springfield College - Visual and performing arts department)
(413) 748-3000
263 alden street
springfield, MA
Holyoke Community College (Holyoke Community College - Music Program )
(413) 538-7000
303 Homestead Ave
Holyoke, MA
Westfield State College (Music Department at Westfield State College)
577 Western Ave.
Westfield, MA
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Interpretation, Individuality & The Miracle Of Music

By Chris Standring ( )

I watched a wonderful masterclass recently on PBS television. The show was called Barenboim on Beethoven. Daniel Barenboim is a classical concert pianist and conductor with a penchant for the music of Beethoven. I am always fascinated with these masterclasses because one only needs to come away with a small soundbyte of wisdom or expertise and the experience has been worth it. Also, I think it is always interesting how the mind of a classical musician works when interpreting the music of another composer, something that is inherently different from the jazz improviser.

The one thing that I always come away with from these classical maestros is the deep respect they have for the original composition. Of course this is a very classical musician's approach, and quite different from the jazz musician who is free to take a composition and butcher it as he or she sees fit!

In fact at one point during the masterclass Barenboim asks his student why he chooses to play a particular section loud. The student replies "Because I like it that way". The maestro responds "Not good enough!", and then proceeds to explain why that section might have sounded better played pianissimo, and gave extremely substantial musical reasons why it would have been so, even though individual interpretation was certainly valid.

Now if Herbie Hancock was giving a masterclass and he asked the student the same question, the response "Because I like it that way" might have been more acceptable.

But I think in both scenarios, if the individual can justify his chosen interpretation, provided it does justice to the music, whether it be respecting the original content of the composer or not, is to my mind valid. And I think that is actually what Daniel Barenboim was getting at. He just didn't think his student justified his own approach.

But the one thing that struck a chord with me (if you will pardon the pun), is when Daniel Barenboim discussed the 'miracle of music'. He said that no matter how much a musician practices, no matter how technically adept he or she is, the concept of individuality and personal emotiveness, simply cannot be taught. How much passion and feeling one puts into a piece, how involved in that performance the player is at the time, are all factors that simply cannot be learned in a cl...

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