Composer of the month – Debra Wanless

Composer of March…Debra Wanless! Background Debra Wanless is a pedagogy specialist who is the principal and founding member of the Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music. This music conservatory is unique in that it features only Canadian composers; therefore the content is entirely Canadian! She is also the founder of a piano pedagogy symposium called “Summer … More Composer of the month – Debra Wanless

Composer of the month – Phillip Keveren

Composer for February…Phillip Keveren! Background Phil Keveren  is an American pianist and composer. He is a co-author of the popular Hal Leonard Student Piano Library method books (see photo below).  His “The Philip Keveren Series” are very popular. These books are arrangements of popular, religious, traditional tunes – the music that you often hear, yet … More Composer of the month – Phillip Keveren

Composer of the month – Christine Donkin

Composer for January…Christine Donkin! Background Christine Donkin was born in northwestern Alberta, and studied music composition at the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. She composes choral, chamber, and orchestral works, and has written several volumes of pedagogical books for the piano, violin, and double bass. I met Christine in 2012 at … More Composer of the month – Christine Donkin

Composer of the month – John Burge

Composer for December…Dr. John Burge! Background Dr. John Burge is an Juno award-winning Canadian composer, born in Ontario. He holds three degrees in composition and theory, and is a full-time professor and Director of the School of Music at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.  Dr. Burge writes choral music, orchestral music (he won a Juno for … More Composer of the month – John Burge

Stopping Stopping

No, the title isn’t a typo. Today’s post is all about stopping stopping, or in other words, how to prevent pauses and hesitations when playing music. Frequently, after a student plays their piece for me, I will ask them what they thought of their performance. Students frequently point out note or rhythmic errors, or challenging … More Stopping Stopping

Composer of the month -Martha Hill Duncan

Continuing on the my series, the composer for November is…Martha Hill Duncan! Background Martha is from Texas, and moved to Canada in 1982. She currently resides in Kingston, ON. I met Martha for the first time in 2015 at the Summer Sizzle Conference held in Mount Forest, ON. She is very friendly and down-to-earth, and loves … More Composer of the month -Martha Hill Duncan

Composer of the month – Christopher Norton

Continuing on my series of “living composers”, October will be….Christopher Norton! Background Christopher Norton is a British composer, adjudicator, clinician and teacher. Born in New Zealand, he moved to the UK in the late 1970’s, and continues to travel the world extensively, giving workshops and presentations, and while continuing to compose for musicals, orchestras, ballet scores, and of … More Composer of the month – Christopher Norton