But now it's back to the grindstone for most of us in a few days, so here are some links to get you back on track once 2011 rolls along:
- Billie Whittaker continues to compile great lists - her latest ones are for Musical Directing and Music Copyists
- More required reading for CP's (again, via Billie): Music Directing the School Musical from Peter Hilliard
- Fellow Eastman grad Erica Sipes writes about the benefits of collaboration in The value and fun in being a sponge-like piano collaborator. About those long hours as a studio pianist:
Most piano collaborators spend a high percentage of their time in the studios of music teachers and professors. Some lessons might be more interesting than others, but for the most part I think it's safe to say that if a pianist wants to, he or she can soak up a tremendous amount of information every time the situation involves a coach, teacher, or conductor. I've learned a lot of really interesting things in such situations, from the basic mechanics of playing many different instruments to musical concepts.
- As music teachers, we teach not just an instrument but the entire culture of playing it. Piano teachers might be interested in ways to get their students to watch this 2-hour documentary about the 20th century's great pianists (Via Nathalie Wickham):