The Unassigned Assignments

There’s an assignment that we often miss as teachers. And it’s one that always makes our jobs way easier – maybe easier than anything we could have students do. Over time it simply transforms our students’ musical experiences and their abilities.

Students should be asked to listen to music each time we see them. It can be done in casual conversations about what they’ve been listening to (or what we’ve been listening to), to more precise assignments based on what you’re working on in lessons.

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Aiko’s Dance – Piano Recording and Sheet Music New Sheet Music

This is a piece I wrote a while back that never was recorded – just played live a lot with various instrumentation. My favorite was when Aiko Shimada and I would do this one as a duet. She would sing the melody and it was amazing. If you haven’t heard her music, go listen to her records today!

Here’s a new solo-piano recording of the piece:

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Thank You Note – In the Form of a New Release Find My Way

I was made aware by Facebook this morning that my music page has reached 500 followers. As many of you know I’m not a big Facebook or hype person, but I really appreciate that people have taken the time to find and like the page.

To say “thank you”, I wanted to give a sneak-peak to an album I’ve been working on for many years. In the form of a free download or stream to a song…

Photo: Carrie Robinson Katie Jacobson, Anna Freedman and Flora McGill listening to Paul Kimble say funny things through the headphones

Photo: Carrie Robinson
Katie Jacobson, Anna Freedman and Flora McGill listening to Paul Kimble say funny (or not funny) things through the headphones

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