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by Alyssa Cowell, Catoctin School of Music It’s That Time of Year! December is in full swing and we’re getting ready for family celebrations. It’s easy to get lost in all the hustle and bustle of planning and partying. Consider setting aside some time to give the gift of sharing music during the holiday season – it requires some preparation, and a little sacrifice, but there...

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by Brianna Jaeger, Catoctin School of Music It’s Autumn 1939. The Wizard of Oz, featuring Judy Garland, premieres. LaGuardia Airport is unveiled in New York City. “You Are My Sunshine” is recorded for the first time. Concert pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman is performing a Chopin recital broadcasted for Polish Radio on September 23rd. In the background rings something percussive. Violent. Abhorrent. Harshly punctuating the lyricism of Poland’s beloved composer...

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by Jamey Mann, Catoctin School of Music An important part of learning an instrument and performing is bowing properly. Often overlooked, taking a bow properly puts the finishing touches on a performance and adds to a student’s confidence. Not knowing this skill can lead to awkwardness in what otherwise might be a fine performance. Every teacher and instrument have their own process for taking a bow. The...

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By Alyssa Cowell, Catoctin School of Music My favorite egg shaker cracked recently, boo! Instead of hopping on Amazon or running to a local music store, I thought it might be fun to try using some modern technology to see if I could make my own! Let’s get started: I have a laser cutter and a stash of thin stock hardwood scraps – a promising start. Now...

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