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November 2012, Page 2

Public Art at Rice

When I was at Rice, the focal point of the campus was the statue of William Marsh Rice. There were no other …

Carmen Merrill’s Legacy

Among the most outstanding piano students I’ve ever taught are Michael and Matthew Salvatierra. Michael is now a music teacher in an …

Marie Barnard Smith Lilly

On November 1, the 11th anniversary of her death, as well as All Saints Day, I was thinking of Marie Lilly, my …

In the Footsteps of Bach

In June 2001 my brother Joel and I traveled with the Bach Choir of Houston on a tour of eastern Germany. Hearing …

Improvisation Starters

Make your own music at the piano Start with black keys only Tick-tock bass LH: on F# (tonic) and C# (dominant) – …

Rice Centennial

  Rice celebrated its Centennial in Houston October 10 – 17, marking 100 years since the first class matriculated. Steve and I …

Germs Are Us

John Craig Venter is an American biologist and entrepreneur. He is known for being one of the first to sequence the human …

Understanding Overtones

How Understanding Overtones Enhances Musicianship, Presentation for Virginia Music Teachers Association, Martha K. Smith NCTM, Richmond, October 29, 2011 I. How tonal harmony …