Below are some great ways to deepen your understanding of music. Lessons are great for individual instruction, but there are so many facets of music learning: history, science, and fundamentals of music. Please enjoy the following suggestions and let me know if you have further questions.
Interesting videos on music:
“What is up with Noises? (The Science and Mathematics of Sound, Frequency, and Pitch)” by Vihart
“The transformative power of classical music” by Benjamin Zander
Robert Greenberg Lectures on Music:
Understanding the Fundamentals of Music
Want to build up your basic understanding of music? This is a fabulous course similar to training you would get in the beginning of a degree in music.
Music as a Mirror of History
This is a fabulous look at history through music. By focussing on the ways artists have commented and explored their environment, we get great insight into underlying threads of humanity.
How to Listen to and Understand Opera
Just as the title suggests, this is a lecture series meant to make opera more accessible. Have you been meaning to see an opera but don’t know where to start? This series is a great place to figure out what you might be interested in.
How to Listen to and Understand Great Music
This is very similar to the one mentioned above, but for classical music in general.
Operas of Mozart
Mozart was a master at combining dance motives and orchestral textures to sneak in additional colors and comments on characters, their social standing, and plot. Often he uses these to mock characters of higher social standing or to show moral high-ground. These lectures give great examples of these and more aspects of Mozart’s music which help the modern ear understand the intricacies of Mozart’s genius.
Mozart-His Life and Music
Want to know more details about the man himself?
Robert and Clara Schumann-Their Lives and Music
Robert and Clara Schumann helped shape the art of Lieder as well as instrumental music of the Romantic Era. This lecture series is wonderful for understanding more about their lives as artists and the music they created.
Performance Success: Performing Your Best Under Pressure (Theatre Arts)
Don Greene has a systematic approach to nerves and performance/audition energy. In this book, he provides a self-assessment for readers to figure out what it is they are struggling with. Then, he gives detailed approaches to addressing those areas.
Audition Success (A Theatre Arts Book)
Here, Don Greene addresses auditioning and its specific demands.
Music for Sight Singing (7th Edition)
If you are wanting to practice or learn sight singing, this book is a wonderful place to start. We can work on this together during lessons, if you’d like instruction.
Music for Sight-Singing
For a lower budget option, here is the link to the previous edition. We can use either of these books together in your lessons and this book offers almost the same materiel as the newer one. Layout is different but not at all problematic for our lessons.
Community Chorus Opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area:
Bay Choral Guild
Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra
Berkeley Women’s Community Chorus
California Bach Society
California Redwood Chorale
Cantare Con Vivo
International Orange Chorale
Lesbian Gay Chorus of San Francisco
Golden Gate Men’s Chorus
Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo
North Star Vocal Artists
Oakland City Chorus
Oakland Symphony Chorus
Pacific Edge Voices
Peninsula Women’s Chorus
Sacred and Profane
San Francisco Bach Choir
San Francisco Choral Artists
San Francisco Choral Society
San Francisco City Chorus
San Francisco Concert Chorale
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
San Francisco Lyric Chorus
San Francisco Renaissance Voices
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
University of California Alumni Chorus
Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble
Viva La Musica
Voices of Musica Sacra
There are numerous options for community singing in the bay area. Wether you are looking for classical, pop, jazz, gospel, or any other type of group singing, you can find options with a variety of commitment level at the following directory, maintained by Helene and Bill Whitson:
The SF Bay Area Choral Archive
Have another group you’d like to suggest for my list? Would you like me to remove your group from this list? Let me know via my Contact page.