pursuing beauty as a way of life

A collection of my own ideas and new discoveries that give me a deeper insight to what it really means to be a musician.

I mostly use this as my online bulletin board to helpful articles I find on the Internet about conducting, singing, choir, how to develop musicianship, and other resources an aspiring music teacher would find useful on the journey towards a successful career :)


Power Couple Set to a Melody That's Domestic 

A soprano who juggled an international career with a husband and four children? Damn.

Ten Secrets To Surviving As A Teacher 

I’m in love with this new education website I found

Whether you view your job as taskmaster, inspirer of lifelong learning, or somewhere in between, your job is to bring learners to content. To make it accessible, incredible, digestible, and unforgettable. The formula for learning is, crudely, equal parts content and learner. Take your eye off either and things get unbalanced quickly.

To survive as a teacher, you have to constantly find ways to make content fresh, exciting, and literally life-altering. There are times when the demand of teaching will be too much, and you can find comfort in the content–which is likely something you’ve always had a special interest or talent in. Never withdraw completely into that content, or you’ll lose the students, but don’t forget that all the relationships, technology, and instructional design are there to bring learners to content in pursuit of personal growth.

What You Owe Your Students 

How To Be A Mediocre Teacher 

30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers 


Popular holiday songs in the public domain

This is a list of tunes for which the initial intellectual property rights have expired. Generally composed before 1923, ”Public Domain” works are NOT considered cover songs and do NOT require mechanical royalties be paid to the original composer or publisher.

Angels We Have Heard On High
Auld Lang Syne
Away In A Manger
Coventry Carol
Deck The Halls
For Unto Us
Go Tell It On The Mountain
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Hallelujah Chorus
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Here We Come A-Caroling (Wassail Song)
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
I Saw Three Ships
In The Bleak Midwinter
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Jingle Bells
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Joy To The World
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Holy Night O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Once In Royal David’s City
Silent Night
The First Noel The Twelve Days of Christmas
Up On The Housetop
We Three Kings
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
What Child Is This

Balancing Career & Family with a Musical Life

Music & Life: The Great Balancing Act

For some, music IS life. Then there are the rest of us, for whom music is a great passion, perhaps the greatest passion, but one that must be balanced with other passions, responsibilities, and necessities. And I’m not just talking about folks who’ve chosen to focus on career and family alongside their interest in music. Life has a way of shaking things up for everyone in both good and bad ways, regardless of their individual intentions and determination. Even the most die-hard, ambitious musician might have to make some sudden changes in their music-making habits if confronted with a sick parent, an injury, natural disaster, or other sad surprise.

If something does divert you from your pinpointed trajectory (towards musical stardom, of course), I hope it is something positive instead, like falling in love, having success in another realm that competes with your music time, or being abducted by benevolent aliens who want to show you the beauty of the universe and the meaning of it all.

What are your priorities?

Where do you make the sacrifices? In your musical life? Or in the rest of your life? For every person, the “true” path is different. And if you’re anything like me, the “true” path keeps evolving the further we walk along it. The past keeps eating the bread-crumb trail we’ve left behind and the future keeps shifting the ground beneath our feet. I guess that is life!

(Source: diymusician.cdbaby.com)

Teaching a New Melody According to the Kodàly Concept 1/2

My Good-Bye to the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus 

Um, I love this blog! 


You have to know yourself as a musician. Are you excellent by nature or by constant effort? Most people who make careers out of music fall into the latter category, but some of us are a mix of both. If you’re the latter and you’ve already made the decision that you won’t settle for mediocrity, don’t let the difficulty of continuous effort stop you from pursuing excellence. True intrinsic satisfaction comes from the efforts toward excellence, and the product is a nice little reward. So strive for excellent efforts. Push yourself to work 5% harder every day. You don’t have to hold yourself to rigorous standards everyday if you’re not there yet. Go slowly if you must, but never ever quit. You have to know yourself.

This is probably a message more for myself than for anybody else, but I do hope someone else benefits from it.

40 Under 40: Next Generation of Great Opera Singers 

The Bel Canto Chronicle: Bel Canto Video Discussion 

the manuscripts of the masters: classical music


(Source: holodecked)

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