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Changing Teachers

Changing Teachers

In the last few weeks we’ve had the departure of some of our teachers to head into new and exciting opportunities (myself included, but, I’ll be blogging her for as long as life permits). This has brought up some interesting points about teachers, their perspective, and what it’s like to change to a new teacher. 

First, try not to take a teacher leaving us as something personal. Trust me, they love working with you, your son, or daughter. Many of the teachers I’ve spoken with talk about passing on their craft of music to the next generation as one of the most important things they can do outside of performing.  Teachers are ultimately people, with their own ambitions, needs, and skills. That said, there could be many reasons a teacher would be leaving you: new opportunity, family needs, health concerns, etc. 

Second, when preparing for a new teacher make sure your outgoing teacher gives you some idea where you are. Throughout the learning process, (and each teacher approaches this differently) there are clear areas of repertoire, technique, and applied theory knowledge that you should make sure that your outgoing teacher can communicate to the new teacher. 

Third, see this as an opportunity! Like I said earlier in this post, teachers have particular skills and some are better at things than others. I only realized that lesson when I had switched teachers for the first time, that my outgoing teacher at the time didn’t actually know everything. She was very good, but, was a specialist in only certain things. My teachers since have helped me to work on all of those aspects of being a musician. Over time, I realize that I am a product of all my teachers and they are a product of theirs. That’s something that keeps the craft of music alive. We’re all part of a legacy of all the great musicians that have come before us. We light the candles of each of our students in the hopes that they will pass that light on to others. 

Lastly, if your teacher isn’t working out (which can be for a variety of reasons), please let us know at Stage Music Center. We’re always looking for good feedback, and to make sure our students and teachers are happy.
 

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Math + Music

Math + Music

Music and math have been always connected through a variety of means. Numbers, patterns, and scales have a fundamental connection to how music has evolved. It all began in Ancient Greece with a man called Pythagoras.

Pythagoras was a pretty famous philosopher who lived in the 5th century BCE. In reference to music, he made a pretty startling discovery which directly impacted the growth of the tonal system that we still use today in western music. He figured out that if you stretch a string to certain length you get a frequency of vibration. If you change that by a certain ratio you get another pitch.  Below is an estimation of those ratios based on a major scale from Pythagoras.

Many of these intervallic relationships have stood to be largely true with some minor variation as we can measure things with more accuracy. Not bad for a bunch of people who did not have the technological advances we have today.

Intervals are the spaces between pitches. They are related to each other by a ratio. 

Intervals are the spaces between pitches. They are related to each other by a ratio. 

You’ll be able to see this connection to math and music come to life as we team up with our neighbors the RSM Winchester for a Math and Music Treasure Hunt! This Saturday March 10th, we will be opening our doors on 50 Cross Street in Winchester from 3:30-5:30. Join us for games, prizes and fun!

Join us on March 10th!

Join us on March 10th!

Meet Eric Giribaldi, guitar instructor.

Meet Eric Giribaldi, guitar instructor.

He received his degree in Guitar Performance from UMass Lowell. He has played in various groups spanning multiple styles of music. From country to jazz and everything in between. He currently plays with country artist Lexi James, folk group Birdsong at Morning, and also does original and cover material. He has done multiple radio appearances across the country and has played in Nashville TN, and Tampa FL, where he was in an opening act for Charlie Daniels Band.

Eric is no stranger to the importance of music education, having studied with Ben Goldbaum in Haverhill MA, and Boston area jazz legend Jon Wheatley.