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Music educators have a vested interest in helping people understand the importance of music — partly so their school programs don’t get cut, and partly because they see first-hand what music does for kids. In doing this, we often relegate music to a supporting role, listing study after study showing how music improves math grades or helps kids regulate emotion.

Screw that. You know why? Because music is worth studying for music’s sake. This world would be nothing without music. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who enjoys a day — just one day — without music. Music on the morning commute, on our iPods, in our movies, at our parties, in our lonely bedrooms, in our churches, even in our elevators. Why? Because we need it. Because it does something to us that can’t be explained, and it doesn’t have to be. It’s OK to understand the intrinsic value of music without having to quantify it.

But for those who enjoy quantification, here’s a video that does a pretty good job of it without degrading music to a supporting role. Enjoy.

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In my last post, I mentioned the app for IMSLP. I was about to buy some music, but tonight, I ended up finding a good portion of it on IMSLP. So. Cool. Thus far, I have downloaded and printed off 3 opuses (opi?) of Kuhlau duets, an opus of trios, the Reineke, and the Griffes. Why don’t I own these already, you ask? I don’t know. But at least I own both Mozart concertos and the French book. 😉

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I finally leapt into the 21st century and got a tablet. Android, because I’m cheap and nonproprietary, which wins out over the fact that Apple does have really cool music apps. Anyway, here’s what I like so far:

gStrings – tuner
Mobile Metronome
IMSLPdroid – easily access this database of free music

These are free apps. (Did I mention that I’m cheap?) Feel free to comment with your favorite music apps!

I had the pleasure of making a trip to the sheet music store in the city today. Picked up Phyllis Louke and Patricia George’s new method book, Flute 101: Mastering the Basics, so I’m excited to dive into that. Maybe it will become my new favorite starter book! Also got to browse through some flute music — duets and such — but I feel like they’ve reduced their selection, so I will probably continue to mail order through them or Flute World.

A friend of mine who lived in the UK for a time once told me about this place in London where you could try flutes, play duets with friends, have a cup of tea, and generally enjoy being a flutist. I so wish I could own a shop like that one day, as that would be near the top of my list of ways to spend an afternoon!

I just discovered this today.

Wixi screenshot

Wixi screenshot

Wixi is an online service for your media — upload it and then you can listen/watch from anywhere with a browser. I imagine uploading would take a while! But still, pretty cool.

I. Must. Have. This. Bag.

Case Logic Professional Flute Tote

Case Logic Professional Flute Tote


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