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Music Student 101

Jeremy Burns, Matthew Scott Phillips

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Music Student 101
Music Student 101

Music Student 101

Jeremy Burns, Matthew Scott Phillips

21
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16
Plays
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We are musicians, composers, engineers, teachers and students alike. The path of a musician can be challenging and uncertain but it can also be enriching and great fun! This is the path we chose and we are here as your resource. Explore theory, history, ear training, technique, special topics and overall musicianship.

Latest Episodes

79-Modulating to Distantly Related Keys Pt.2

Picking up from where we left off on episode 71, we will now further our discussion on modulation to distantly related keys. The focus, on this show, will be the use of chromatic mediants!

73 MIN2 w ago
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79-Modulating to Distantly Related Keys Pt.2

78-Melodic Dictation Pt.2-Major

Melodic dictation, the act of transcribing and notating a melody by ear, is an important skill for a musician to cultivate. In this episode, we will share some tips and get right in to some examples. Ready your ears and get ready to explore the major scale!

92 MINSEP 16
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78-Melodic Dictation Pt.2-Major

77-Transcribing a Song Pt.2

In part 1 of this series, we heard an original song (by one of our own listeners) for the first time. By the end of that episode, we put "Dewey and Dora" (by Keith Andrews) to paper with key and time signatures, tempo and a chord chart! Now it's time to round it out with lyrics and a melody, in proper lead sheet fashion!

93 MINSEP 2
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77-Transcribing a Song Pt.2

76-Transcribing a Song Pt.1

It's time to talk about transcription. This is the process of translating what you can hear to something you, or another musician, can read. In part one of this series, we will break down "Dewey and Dora", by Keith Andrews (one of our talented listeners). We will figure out the key, the meter and the tempo and chart it down, in "lead sheet" fashion. We have a great song to work with and a great process to take you through as we put it down on paper!

90 MINAUG 19
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76-Transcribing a Song Pt.1

75-Middle Ages Music Pt.1

Middle Ages music occurred roughly between the dates of 500-1400 CE. In this episode, we will mainly talk about monophony. We will discuss plain chant, Gregorian chant and the antiphon, as the common types of vocal music within the church. We will also cover some of the secular music, made popular by the troubadours, trouvères and Minnesängers. Climb inside our time machine!

80 MINAUG 5
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75-Middle Ages Music Pt.1

74-Solfege

Solfege has been used for centuries to help vocalists and music students acquaint vowel sounds with certain notes. In this episode, we will discuss solfege in major, minor and chromatic terms. We will also cover the two different kinds of solfege ("fixed do" and "movable do") and the advantages of these systems. Finally, we will address the Curwen Hand Signs and try some exercises that you might find useful.

82 MINJUL 22
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74-Solfege

73-Harmonic Progression Pt.7 (viiº/V, viiº/ii)

Continuing where episode 63 left off, this episode will review our previous discussions on diatonic chords and secondary functions. We will now add the secondary seven of V and seven of ii (iiº) chords. Listen for the chord qualities and use your theory brain to find out how to decipher these chord progressions. Use this skill to learn songs faster and know music better!

111 MINJUL 8
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73-Harmonic Progression Pt.7 (viiº/V, viiº/ii)

72-The Schumann Resonance

It's time to try something different, though "music-adjacent"! The Schumann resonances are the vibrations of the Earth's atmosphere. Some believe that if we tune our instruments to these resonances, using 432Hz as our tuning standard, our music will be more satisfactory and enhance our well being. Let's talk a little about the physics behind this and why it has become a topic of controversy!

76 MINJUN 18
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72-The Schumann Resonance

71-Modulation To Distantly Related Keys Pt.1

Picking up from where we left off on episode 69, we will now learn how to modulate to distantly related keys using chords that are diatonic, or chromatic, in either key (or any combination thereof). Some pivot chords we will use to pull this off will include the German augmented 6 chord (Gr+6), the Neapolitan chord (N) and secondary seven diminished vii chord (viiº7 of ?). Let us invite a few more accidentals to the table, shall we? Join us!

66 MINJUN 3
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71-Modulation To Distantly Related Keys Pt.1

70-Listener Compositions Pt.1

We've long dreamed of having an episode dedicated entirely to showcasing the composing and songwriting talents of our listeners. Finally, the dream is alive! This episode will feature the original music ofMarc McDowell, Eamon Kelly, Nancy Mitchell, Chris "Tex" Owen, Andersonlane, Don Ferguson, Jason LaRay Keener andJon Magnusson Monreal.

116 MINMAY 20
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70-Listener Compositions Pt.1

Latest Episodes

79-Modulating to Distantly Related Keys Pt.2

Picking up from where we left off on episode 71, we will now further our discussion on modulation to distantly related keys. The focus, on this show, will be the use of chromatic mediants!

73 MIN2 w ago
Comments
79-Modulating to Distantly Related Keys Pt.2

78-Melodic Dictation Pt.2-Major

Melodic dictation, the act of transcribing and notating a melody by ear, is an important skill for a musician to cultivate. In this episode, we will share some tips and get right in to some examples. Ready your ears and get ready to explore the major scale!

92 MINSEP 16
Comments
78-Melodic Dictation Pt.2-Major

77-Transcribing a Song Pt.2

In part 1 of this series, we heard an original song (by one of our own listeners) for the first time. By the end of that episode, we put "Dewey and Dora" (by Keith Andrews) to paper with key and time signatures, tempo and a chord chart! Now it's time to round it out with lyrics and a melody, in proper lead sheet fashion!

93 MINSEP 2
Comments
77-Transcribing a Song Pt.2

76-Transcribing a Song Pt.1

It's time to talk about transcription. This is the process of translating what you can hear to something you, or another musician, can read. In part one of this series, we will break down "Dewey and Dora", by Keith Andrews (one of our talented listeners). We will figure out the key, the meter and the tempo and chart it down, in "lead sheet" fashion. We have a great song to work with and a great process to take you through as we put it down on paper!

90 MINAUG 19
Comments
76-Transcribing a Song Pt.1

75-Middle Ages Music Pt.1

Middle Ages music occurred roughly between the dates of 500-1400 CE. In this episode, we will mainly talk about monophony. We will discuss plain chant, Gregorian chant and the antiphon, as the common types of vocal music within the church. We will also cover some of the secular music, made popular by the troubadours, trouvères and Minnesängers. Climb inside our time machine!

80 MINAUG 5
Comments
75-Middle Ages Music Pt.1

74-Solfege

Solfege has been used for centuries to help vocalists and music students acquaint vowel sounds with certain notes. In this episode, we will discuss solfege in major, minor and chromatic terms. We will also cover the two different kinds of solfege ("fixed do" and "movable do") and the advantages of these systems. Finally, we will address the Curwen Hand Signs and try some exercises that you might find useful.

82 MINJUL 22
Comments
74-Solfege

73-Harmonic Progression Pt.7 (viiº/V, viiº/ii)

Continuing where episode 63 left off, this episode will review our previous discussions on diatonic chords and secondary functions. We will now add the secondary seven of V and seven of ii (iiº) chords. Listen for the chord qualities and use your theory brain to find out how to decipher these chord progressions. Use this skill to learn songs faster and know music better!

111 MINJUL 8
Comments
73-Harmonic Progression Pt.7 (viiº/V, viiº/ii)

72-The Schumann Resonance

It's time to try something different, though "music-adjacent"! The Schumann resonances are the vibrations of the Earth's atmosphere. Some believe that if we tune our instruments to these resonances, using 432Hz as our tuning standard, our music will be more satisfactory and enhance our well being. Let's talk a little about the physics behind this and why it has become a topic of controversy!

76 MINJUN 18
Comments
72-The Schumann Resonance

71-Modulation To Distantly Related Keys Pt.1

Picking up from where we left off on episode 69, we will now learn how to modulate to distantly related keys using chords that are diatonic, or chromatic, in either key (or any combination thereof). Some pivot chords we will use to pull this off will include the German augmented 6 chord (Gr+6), the Neapolitan chord (N) and secondary seven diminished vii chord (viiº7 of ?). Let us invite a few more accidentals to the table, shall we? Join us!

66 MINJUN 3
Comments
71-Modulation To Distantly Related Keys Pt.1

70-Listener Compositions Pt.1

We've long dreamed of having an episode dedicated entirely to showcasing the composing and songwriting talents of our listeners. Finally, the dream is alive! This episode will feature the original music ofMarc McDowell, Eamon Kelly, Nancy Mitchell, Chris "Tex" Owen, Andersonlane, Don Ferguson, Jason LaRay Keener andJon Magnusson Monreal.

116 MINMAY 20
Comments
70-Listener Compositions Pt.1