If you ever wanted to learn how to play piano, it’s actually a 1 credit class right here at York college. Mus 141 Piano 1 and Music 241 Piano 2 they can be taken as co-requisite, but they both are worth 1 credit each.
Also there is private lesson Mus 186 where you get to learn a instrument that is offered,and you get to perform with it in a workshop class(mus 187) which is also a class you get 1 credit for that meets 1 hr every week. and if its a piano private lesson class you get put in the Mus 141/241 class recital.
If you’re interesting in taking any of these courses sign up they are offer every semester. The timing of the piano class vary, but you get to choose the time for the private lesson.
This semester I took both Mus 241 and Mus 186 private lesson, learning the piano in both of them. Since I was in both classes I had the choice to performing 3 pieces 2 that I learned in the class and 1 could be whatever.
It took me a while to learn this piece because the fingering was a little difficult and of course it classical piece. It may sound very simple, but I was way too busy to actually find time to practice this so it took longer that it suppose to.
I normally play this one with a band but I did it solo since i learned it in the class. I am actually tired of this sound its been over played this semester.
I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do for my 3rd, I actually came up with this one on the spot.
York College Music Program Lecture+Masterclass Series continued with singer-songwriter Toni Ann Semple back in November.
I went and I learned a lot about the music industry and about this interesting website call Sofarsounds.com you should check it out if you are an artist looking to perform and get your sound out there.
Toni Ann Semple is an electrifying singer, dynamic songwriter, a consummate professional and a composer who has successfully combine contemporary world music with her Native American rhythms and musical instrumentation to create such commercial songs as I Don’t Wanna Talk About It, For Me, Summer Breeze, and Sit Back and Relax.
Toni Ann Semple’s songs are not only playing in rotation in the United States on such radio stations as 98.7 Kiss FM New York and others, but also in the United Kingdom, Germany and around the world.
I didn’t perform for this one because this was about the producing aspect of music but other people did come out and play some of the music they produce
Ms. Semple has some really interesting tunes and the cool part they all were recorded live in the studio.
If you are interested in this type of music and want to learn more about her
Am I famous Yet? No, but least a few people who actually read this article probably know my name now.
Its not everyday you get to see yourself in the newspaper and i’m surprise they used the picture of me in there as the cover for this article. Even though they were three of us who perform for class.
This was the York College Lecture+Masterclass Series which is ongoing, it features a professional musician or an artist who comes and share their experience with us and this is open to everyone not only music majors.
The MasterClass kicked off with pianist and composer, Aruán Ortiz who is pretty well known. He a jazz musician and composer of course You could click link to find out more about him.
I really learned a lot from this class and I do try to apply what I learn from him to my own playing.
If you are interested the next masterclass will be hosted on November 21st, and it will feature singer and songwriter Toni-Ann Semple. So you could come through if you know her or not.
What other way to start my first blog post on my own website by not talking about me?
First a little info about me:
My major is music with a concentration in produce, but I do like to keep active in my music playing skills so I take some performance classes along the way to do my music degree even though its not require for me.
This is a performance I had to do for my music workshop class and we sound good so I thought I’ll share it with the world some more since it was already on Facebook live.
I’m not the saxophonist or the bass guitarist or even the drummer
You guessed it ! i’m the pianist.
Hope you enjoy it, we had fun playing together.
I’m on the keys, Joe on the Sax, Leonna on the Bass, and last but now least we have Alex on the Drums laying that beat down for us.