Sunday, April 18, 2010

Online Music Lessons

Earlier this month, in the education section, the New York Times briefly profiled online music lessons available through Connexions.

The profile focused on Catherine 'Kitty' Schmidt-Jones who at the time had 7 of the top 20 modules on music on the Connexions web site.
In her modules, Ms. Schmidt-Jones explains in spare, dry prose nearly every corner of music, from theory to gamelans to guitar technique to what a parent should know about playing in school bands to the best way to practice.


“I just kind of write about whatever I’m interested in,” Ms. Schmidt-Jones says in an interview. She studied the French horn in high school and at Rice, where she received a degree in music and in chemistry. She teaches music in Champaign, Ill., where her husband is a professor at the University of Illinois.
She lives right next door apparently! (Champaign is the city where the mayor goes to Tea Party rallies and questions the President's citizenship; I proudly live in Urbana.)

I have several started-but-never-finished music theory books on my shelf (right next to numerous started-but-never-finished books on playing guitar). I look forward to starting Ms. Schmidt-Jones' series of online lessons soon!

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