Avid Shakeup Leaves Sibelius Future Uncertain

Sibelius 7 Retail BoxBack during the first week of July Avid announced that it was restructuring a lot of it's holdings.  Among these was the announcement that it was selling its consumer audio and video product lines and closing the UK Sibelius development and support team.  Does this mean the end of Sibelius past the current Sibelius 7 version?

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MakeMusic To End Free Tech Support for Certain Finale Versions

Tech support call centerAll good things come to an end and so too approaches the end of free phone or case tech support for many of MakeMusic's Finale music notation software programs.  

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Free Silent Night Violin Sheet Music

gift-box-300Silent Night is one of the most beloved of all Christmas carols, and this document contains links and downloadable PDF's of a variety of Silent Night violin sheet music files.  Some of the files are hosted here at MusicEdMagic, others are links to off site repositories of sheet music that may or may not be in different keys or use different playing techniques.  The Silent Night sheet music for violin and other instruments provided by this site is written in D Major and should be easily playable by most violinists in their second or third year of instruction.  Scroll down below the license block to view individual violin sheet music files.

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Free Popular Piano Sheet Music Resources

piano-300I recently did some digging and found a number of sites that specialize in providing free popular piano sheet music for my daughter.  She is learning to play the piano and rather than plunk through "boring old" music she wants to try to learn to play more recent popular piano pieces.  The selection of pieces at each of these sites is hit and miss, but if you look around you can find almost any current piece of  popular piano sheet music and download or print it directly from their site.  

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Visualize The Music Theory and Chords Of Songs

Firework Chord Progressions Screen ShotMusic theory was tough for me. I was always a very visual learner so hearing chord progressions and analyzing them were difficult to grasp.  A new site I just discovered might have changed all that for me by tying auditory research together with visual representations of that research.  Dave Carlton has analyzed the chord progressions of over 1300 popular songs and laid them out in a way that is a great resource not only for music students but also for songwriters as well. 

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The Imaginary Marching Band- Now Available


virtual trumpet for Petersons Imaginary Marching BandAs a child I played in an imaginary marching band. Apparently that is also what inventor Scott Peterman did in his younger years. The difference between him and I? He actually took the idea and made it a reality. Using specially made electronic gloves you can play now play the trumpet, trombone, drums, or cymbals, all without actually touching a real instrument...

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Amazing Works of Musical Art and Sculpture

The Singing Ringing TreeToday I was walking through the giant sculptures and booths at the Des Moines Arts Festival when one of the pieces reminded me of some of the other incredible works of musical art I have seen and tweeted about over the last year.  I decided to put them all into this collection of posts and share them with those of you who might not have seen them before. To quote a phrase from the movie August Rush, "Music Is All Around Us," and no more so than in these incredible works of visual and musical artistry.  Read on to read and learn about each one.

 

 

 

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Relaxing With The Music Of Minecraft

minecraft-blocks-300I've never really got the hang of it, but for those of you who are open, raving fans of Minecraft (an indie multiplayer crafting game) have you ever stopped to simply listen to the musical soundtrack that accompanies the game?  The music in Minecraft is far more modern than the game's trademark eight bit graphic style, and even non-players can appreciate and relax to it as the music is intended to accompany the game rather than overpower it.  If you don't fancy having to search through countless dungeons to find the individual Minecraft music discs for each song, or if you simply enjoy slow paced ambient electronic  music read on and find out what the buzz is all about.

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MuseScore Hack Makes Online Lessons More Educational

MuseScore and Google+ Hangout HackMuseScore may very well wind up having a major part in the future of music education.  A group of enthusiasts last year adapted the open source program to be able to listen to a performance and sync/scroll through the music notation on screen as it is being played.  This year at the Barcelona Music Hack Day they demonstrated an application where they connect MuseScore together with a Google+ Hangout to create a live, interactive practice session.  Why is this important?  Read on to find out!

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NOTION for iPad on Sale

Notion Icon for iPadFor those of you that have been wanting to get your hands on a high quality music notation app for the iPad run (don't walk!) to the App Store and snatch up NOTION for iPad while it is on sale for only $6.99 (regular price is $14.99).  It's been on sale since Friday and my guess is that it will not be on sale much longer so go!

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O Fortuna Misheard Lyrics

bringmoretuna-300This one is pretty good.  Thanks to Twitter follower @musicgeekchic for bringing it to my attention.  Read on to see the incredibly funny, animated misheard English rendition of O Fortuna from Carmina Burana shown.  Of course you could always go over to Wikipedia and find the real lyrics but these are a lot more fun to listen to.  Video after the break.  Read on to see it!

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