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Why Does the Ukulele Have a Reputation as an Easy Instrument?

The ukulele has a reputation as an easy instrument because it is an excellent entry level instrument, especially for children. It's small, which makes it easier to hold. It's small, which makes jumps ...
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Why is Schenker so influential in US academia? Is it the same elsewhere?

Heinrich Schenker was born in 1868 and died in 1935. And unfortunately, it's probably something of a blessing that he died when he did: as a Jew living in Austria in the 1930s, he only just missed the ...
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Why Does the Ukulele Have a Reputation as an Easy Instrument?

Self-Answer: The ukulele has this rap as being inferior mostly because almost all people who "learn to play ukulele" never get much more advanced than learning how to strum a few basic ...
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What's the purpose of a drum teacher in today's age?

All teachers bring something to the student that the student cannot get online: experienced observation and training catered to both the strengths and weaknesses particular to the student. Everyone ...
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Why Does the Ukulele Have a Reputation as an Easy Instrument?

Essentially, because it IS an easy instrument to play, as far as technique goes. The ukulele and recorder can certainly be entry-level instruments (bit unfair to class them with kazoo I think!) They'...
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Should a beginner use simplified (easy) version?

In that age it is most important, that your child has fun playing the piece, so it will actually like to play it. There is no special value in the "original" version for a child, and pieces come in ...
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What resources are there for a violinist with 4 fingers?

I'm a cellist and I have been parent coach for Suzuki viola. I don't have specific experience with this, but will use my imagination. Let's renumber the fingers. What used to be "2" will now be "1" ...
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Do I need to go to music school to become a good composer?

I like to think one can compose music, songs, jingles, etc. without "formal" training, but ... There is so much to each of the arts that it takes a mysterious and marvelous mental and ...
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Will my orchestral compositions be disregarded if I do not hold a degree in music?

When I was thinking about applying for graduate school, I asked my teacher at the time, who was Ivy-league educated, "Please be honest, does it really matter where I go to school; does anybody ...
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why would a singing teacher never ask a person to do this?

When I started studying music, I thought my instructor was going to teach me everything I wanted to know about music. My lessons were once a week for thirty minutes and I practiced each day to prepare ...
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Why is Schenker so influential in US academia? Is it the same elsewhere?

Schenker became popular because he was able to show long-distance relationships in compositions. (Personally, I think that Schenker's methods are useful but not exclusively so. I like to approach ...
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Why are concert bands the standard in U.S. public schools?

Compared with what? Orchestras are relatively rarer, primarily because fewer kids are encouraged to take up string instruments than wind instruments -- and because a school band can handle a near-...
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Why are concert bands the standard in U.S. public schools?

I don't think this is restricted to The USA and this form of musical education has many pluses. The band culture requires each musician to behave in an cooperative fashion. While there are rules-...
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How to start learning music theory?

With five years of playing under your belt, you probably know a fair bit of theory, but just aren't aware of it. Now's actually a good time to start; you'll get a lot of lightbulb moments - ah, that's ...
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What resources are there for a violinist with 4 fingers?

In addition to the above, consider he may be also able to fall in love with a brass instrument that does not require all the fingers on the left hand. Trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, none of ...
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Do I need to go to music school to become a good composer?

I agree with Gary and would just add that for me, as a composer, the most fantastic thing about music college was having an orchestra you were encouraged to write for. Mixing with other musicians was ...
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In general, do top orchestral musicians play multiple instruments as very young children or do they specialize right away?

As a child, you normally begin with just one instrument. Still, almost any professional classical orchestra musician (and most skilled musicians in general) learned basic elements of another ...
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What scale is between minor and Major in quality?

There are a few scales that might fit the description of being "between" major an minor. For example, the Dorian mode shared its 3rd and 7th notes with minor, but its sixth note with major. ...
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Is there such a thing as "advanced"/ongoing research in melody?

Yes there are such melody studies. But, those studies may not be what you want or expect if you start by comparing things with the typical college harmony textbook. I think there is a tendency in ...
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Any studies on ear training, or musicality out there

For what it's worth, I found "Aural Skills Acquisition" pretty interesting, and I think it might have references to relevant research. It's a textbook and kinda expensive (I got it through ...
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What resources are there for a violinist with 4 fingers?

I have a missing index finger on my left hand. Due to that, along with other problems, I play violin left-handed. I started playing violin in my fifties, right-handed. It was difficult, but not as ...
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What resources are there for a violinist with 4 fingers?

Rudolf Kolisch, an excellent musician known for his association with Schoenberg, played the violin left-handed due to an injury. There's also Playing Violin and Fiddle Left Handed
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Is there a field of music integrated with computer science?

There is the field of Computer Music and Sound and music computing which seem related to the background you have. For computer music, you can even find several reputable journals (i.e MIT) so you can ...
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Should a beginner use simplified (easy) version?

In general, someone with the skill to handle a hard piece of music will be able to learn it regardless of whether or not they've previously learned an easier arrangement. In most cases where someone ...
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Alternate Criterias for MA in Music (or any other Degree that increases likelihood of getting Orchestras play my works)

At least in the US, I can clarify that many schools, including conservatories, do allow Masters students that do not have Bachelors degrees in music. I've had Masters students whose Bachelors were in ...
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Alternate Criterias for MA in Music (or any other Degree that increases likelihood of getting Orchestras play my works)

You have to ask yourself what is the point of a degree. Music is one of those things that does not really need a degree. What one needs is knowledge and skill, and both of those things can be achieved ...
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Are Music Grades somewhat standardised around the World?

Music grade systems are usually designed by music schools for exam / graduation requirement purposes, and to help teachers assess and prepare their students to advance in their musicianship and ...
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Is there a field of music integrated with computer science?

Music OCR is an ongoing issue. Converting audio into symbolic information is going to turn into one well-funded field of research because of every bit of humanly recognizable musical information ...
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What's the purpose of a drum teacher in today's age?

There are many purposes for a drum teacher: 1. A drum teacher can tell you what you are doing wrong but a video/tutorial can only show you what is correct, 2. A drum teacher can give you advice that ...
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