Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How to Lick a Bowl

I just love this set of pictures. No words required.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Colour the Notes Worksheets

More worksheets uploaded on the Crescendo website today. Colour the Notes Mandala. A bit more practice with identifying crotchets, quavers, semiquavers and minims.

There is one worksheet for free and 5 worksheets available to registered users.

Check them out at the Crescendo website here.

Happy colouring!

Monday, October 11, 2010

FREE Ukulele Book

Do you use the ukulele in your music classroom? Would you like a free book of music to use with your Ukulele?

Head over to the crescendo website, here, to download your free copy.

Happy Uke playing!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Great Picture

Just love this shot. So peaceful.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Employee Wanted

Are you a Tertiary Music Student looking for Part-Time Work to do from home?
Crescendo Music is looking for you.

To apply for this job, you will need a computer (and good computing skills), access to the internet and Sibelius.

To have a look at what Crescendo does, pop onto

For more information about this work, please contact Debbie O'Shea -

Being present in the moment

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007
The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. two thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After 3 minutes: a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw the money in the hat without stopping and continued to walk.

6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money, but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

Findings; No one knew this, but:
+ The violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world
+ He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written
+ With a violin worth $3.5 million dollars
+ Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the Metro Station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and people’s priorities.

The questions raised: ”In a common place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?”

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made... How many other things are we missing?