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“Contralto is a low sort of music that only ladies sing.”

”All female parts were sung by castrati. We don’t know exactly
what they sounded like because there are no known descendants.”

“The four basic vocal ranges are “bass, mid-bass, middle range, and

”Music sung by two people at the same time is called a duel; if they sing without music it is called Acapulco.”

Demonstrating their knowledge of musical terminology, here a few new insights:-

”A virtuoso is a musician with real high morals.”

”Diatonic is a low calorie Schweppes.”

”An interval in music is the distance from one piano to the next.”

”The correct way to find the key to a piece of music is to use a pitchfork.”

“Chamber music is written for 2 to 8 players. It does not need a composer.”

”Agitato is a state of mind when one’s finger slips in the middle of playing a piece.”

”Refrain means don’t do it. A refrain in music is the part you’d better not try to sing.”



Life of a Music teacher

Funny experiences

A guitarist who announced the title of his next piece as “First Wardrobe”. “First wardrobe?” thought I. What on earth is this piece that I’ve never heard of, that doesn’t even appear to be on the syllabus. So I walked round to glance at his music, whereupon all was revealed. The actual title of the piece was “Premier Amour”. The performer in question had obviously decided to impress the teacher by translating the title – presumably he had looked up `Amour` in his French-English dictionary and found `Armoire` – hence `first love` had been radically re-interpreted as `first wardrobe`. His rather wooden performance certainly did more to evoke `armoire` than `amour


To all choir directors, chairs, secretaries, members: –
“Music Matters” offers two services that have been taken up by a number of choirs and by individuals who sing in choirs.
• Choral Days, where one of our specialist Choral Directors runs a day for your choir, based on repertoire you are working on, or on new repertoire (your choice) as a means of sharpening choral and vocal skills.

• Sight Singing workshop days. Often members of choirs are desperate to improve their sight singing skills but there is never time for conductors to include this in the regular rehearsal schedule. One of our expert Music Directors comes and spends a day with the choir (or with members within the choir) working on rhythm and pitch as separate issues, then working on how to combine the two in a much more accurate approach to dealing with reading the intervals and rhythmic detail of a line.

Both events are designed in such a way as to be informative yet great fun. Many choirs/ choir members have found these days to be encouraging and supportive to the regular work undertaken from week to week and many conductors have valued an outside perspective.
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