Updates throughout the site [January 14, 2015]
Updates throughout the site [January 14, 2015]
We are still enjoying the music we bought from you at the conferences over the years. The band is always asking me if we can play something fun like "Swingin' at Five". It's a great song to teach swing and the unison parts really help out at the beginning for all the students to remain focused and get that sense of accomplishment feeling. The students always catch on quickly.
Edward Turgeon, D.M.A. - Associate Professor, Director, Algoma University Music Department
Ken is a wonderful asset in Algoma's Music Department. He carries decades of teaching experience as a trombone instructor at the university, the Algoma Conservatory of Music, and as a long standing high school music teacher in the Sault area. He is a force of nature, as he still plays and writes a lot for trombone, He is an incredible teacher who knows the technical approaches/intricacies of the instrument like no other I have worked with in my 22 years experience in academia.
Jane Saunders Hammarskjold High School — Thunder Bay, ON
I have purchased several of Ken's original tunes and am always pleased with the musical and music learning results. My beginning students have particularly benefitted from 0.5 grade pieces using the first 5 - 6 Bb scale pitches. They can create interesting, rewarding music and are motivated to play. Percussion parts are both manageable and challenging at the same time. Unison pitch and rhythm sections are balanced with harmony and mixing of rhythms, always in a "perfect" blend for my beginners. Some of Ken's more advanced tunes at grade 2 level and above are equally impressive. Well-written, professionally notated, with memorable melodic and rhythmic "licks". One of our favourites is Swingin' at Docks. I will continue to purchase tunes from Lifelong Music: Ken keeps adding to the catalogue, increasing the selection and variety. I'm happy to support one of the Ontario Music Educators' Association's corporate members - and the prices are very reasonable!
Jennie Smit East Northumberland Secondary School — Brighton, ON
I thoroughly enjoyed the Lifelong scores I purchased for my school. Swingin' at Five was a hit with the students. They loved the rhythms. Beginner students felt successful after only their first 5 notes and more experienced players liked the jazz feel. Thanks for the well written music!
Mary Thornton Nipissing University — North Bay, ON
As a university professor for music education an important part of my job is to introduce future music teachers to repertoire that could be used as a teaching tool in the classroom and ensemble setting.
Lifelong Music offers teachers an exceptional learning tool. Scores address specific issues that beginning instrumental music students often struggle with, and give teachers and students a chance to experience some real repertoire after learning only 4-5 notes. Teacher tips are included along the way, very beneficial for the beginning teacher. Scores range from 0.5 to 2.5 for beginning players, offering a variety of musical styles. Method books can become tedious. I want beginner students to experience 'real' music as quickly as possible. It opens up a new world of teaching concepts like style, balance, blend and form: elements that are addressed much later for the beginning student. In addition, there are grade 3 scores to challenge the more experienced student.This is an outstanding resource, well thought out, well written and well presented. As a bonus, it is student and teacher friendly. Thanks for taking the time to give back to teaching.
Shelley Kossatz Glen Dhu Public School — Whitby , ON
The Rebels!, Canada Rock!, Aleksei’s March - we really enjoyed them all! They were fun, energetic, and captured the interest of my gr.7 & 8 beginning band students. Rhythms were playable and we played what sounded like complicated music easily! Rebels! was the favourite. Our percussion section was THRILLED to be kept SO busy!! Thanks so much for sharing your experience and talent with us. These pieces really made beginning band FUN!
Isaac Moore South Huron District High School — Exeter, ON
On behalf of the South Huron Music Department, we’d like to thank you and your company Lifelong Music for sponsoring the reading session at the 2010 OMEA conference in London, Ontario. Your music has played an integral part in our students’ musical development and education at South Huron. Each one was “brought up” on tunes like Aleksei’s March, Canada Rock!, and Roundup at Cody’s. The band was thrilled for the opportunity to help showcase your music, and worked hard to produce the recording enclosed of our performance that day... The Senior Band from SHDHS is proud to have been a part of such a successful and meaningful experience with you. Thank you for making it possible, both by sponsoring our efforts financially, and by writing the music that helps shape so many young musical careers.
Mike Jensen Lockerby Composite School — Sudbury, ON
Ken has created a series of pieces that are accessible yet teach many of the techniques and concepts that developing musicians need to be successful. The reality for the high school music teacher is that students enter secondary with a diverse background of musical experiences. In response to that, Ken has done a great job at creating material that can address the level of virtually any group of young musicians.
Rick Cade Kortright Hills Public School — Guelph, ON
In the first year of a new program, we played Aleksei’s March and Tour de Force in beginning band and the kids loved them! Good sounding music and motivating in all parts — excellent choices for an early public concert!
James Hilts Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School —Aurora, ON
Gimme a Break is a great piece, especially for clarinetists. It really helped me near the end of the grade 9 course, and I noticed there was a greater success rate at achieving the over-the-break challenge. The trombones enjoyed the slides as well.
Marla Sunstrum West Ferris Secondary School — North Bay, ON
I enjoy using Swingin’ at Five, Just Movin’ Along and Leave it to Rock in my beginning grade 9 music class. What sets these pieces apart from other beginner publications are frequent unison lines so that everyone, including low brass, enjoys playing the melody. On top of that, the pieces sound good in my limited instrumentation class and the students feel successful almost right away.
Mark Reid Vancouver Technical Secondary School—Vancouver, BC The Beginner Band really enjoyed Aleksei’s March. The musicianship gained from studying that piece provided a great footing for the development of their musical future.
Denine Williams Korah Collegiate & V.S. — Sault Ste. Marie, ON I’ve used Aleksei’s March, Swingin’ at Five!, Gimme a Break!, The Rebels!, Canada Rock!, Swingin’ at Docks, Good One Herbie, so far. These pieces meet specific needs of beginners and let them achieve a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment early - and they sound great!
Hollie Filice White Pines C.V.S.— Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Finding good quality interesting music to teach young beginning players is difficult. With Swingin’ at Five! and Aleksei’s March, my students can’t wait to get started! They love playing these and learn so much along the way!”