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  1. 4.2 hrs • 5/1/2015

    Fiddler on the Roof is one of the seminal musicals in the American Musical Theater cannon and this treasure chest of never-before released private demos gives an insight into the creation of that masterpiece. Composer Jerry Bock would send a musical “seed” to lyricist Sheldon Harnick who would then write the words. Hear Bock create the music for “Sunrise, Sunset.” Hear Bock almost forget the tune to what would become “If I Were A Rich Man.” Hear songs that never made it into the show. Hear thirty-three Jerry Bock songs that never even had a lyric. Includes an interview with Sheldon Harnick discussing his experiences with Bock, Richard Rodgers, and others.

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  2. 10.2 hrs • 10/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Strings Attached is the story of a brilliant but ferocious music teacher who came to be known as “Mr. K,” told in the alternating first person perspectives of his former student—award-winning journalist Joanne Lipman—and his daughter—Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky. A Ukrainian immigrant who survived an abusive childhood, Mr. K used music as a means of escape. The authors bring the extraordinary character of Mr. K to life—from his days as a forced Nazi laborer to his home life as a husband to an invalid wife to the terrifying challenges he hurtled from behind the music stand, in a thick Ukrainian accent. Mr. K pushed his students harder than their parents, harder than their other teachers and coaches, and through sheer force of will made them better than they had any right to be. It wasn’t until years later that his students realized how much they loved him for it. At Mr. K’s memorial service, three generations of students flew in from all over the country to play a concert in his memory, having finally understood his tough lessons. Mr. K’s subject was music, but the lessons he taught were universal ones about resilience, the power of a can-do attitude, and achieving excellence in life. Strings Attached tells Mr. K’s story—a narrative that is itself as absorbing as fiction—giving readers the opportunity to experience the lessons of the world’s toughest teacher for themselves.

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    Strings Attached

    10.2 hrs • 10/1/13 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.8 hrs • 6/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Top drum workshop teacher Chris Puleston invites listeners to participate in their own home drum workshops. This audiobook program, with music by Chris Puleston, incorporates easy exercises and techniques for both beginners and more advanced students.

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    Drum Workshop by Chris Puleston

    Drum Workshop

    0.8 hrs • 6/1/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.8 hrs • 4/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Created exclusively with and for teen musicians, this hands-on, step-by-step program uses insight, enthusiasm, and humor to teach teens how to brainstorm ideas, craft effective lyrics, and put those lyrics to music. An award-winning and Billboard-charting songwriter and teacher, Alex Forbes has taught dozens of teens via her Manhattan workshops and coaching sessions how to turn their thoughts and feelings into incisive, evocative songs. Her music has also been heard in feature films and on television shows like MTV’s smash teen docudrama, The Hills. Chapter by chapter, Alex goes through the basic elements of the craft, including song form and dynamics, lyrics and melodies, chord construction, and killer hooks. Filled with lots of fun exercises to strengthen your abilities and your confidence, Songlab is the ideal teen’s guide to making your songwriting dreams come true! Bonus material available here: http://creativesongwriter.com.

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    Songlab by Alex Forbes

    Songlab

    3.8 hrs • 4/1/13 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.3 hrs • 11/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Write Songs Right Now is a hands-on, step-by-step guide to creating original pop songs—an approach that has been road-tested by thousands of Alex’s students and coaching clients in New York City, some of whom have gone on to achieve great success. With insight, enthusiasm, and humor, Alex guides listeners through the process of brainstorming for ideas, crafting effective lyrics, and putting those lyrics to music. Whether you’ve written one song or one hundred, this audiobook will show you how to take your songwriting to new levels. Each chapter lays out the basics of a different element of songwriting, including song form, lyrics, melodies, chord construction, song dynamics, and the essential ingredients of a killer hook. There are lots of fun exercises to strengthen your songwriting muscles and increase your confidence. Alex also encourages up-and-coming writers to participate in songwriting communities locally and online, and makes a strong case for collaborating as a way to generate even better material.

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    Write Songs Right Now

    4.3 hrs • 11/1/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.5 hrs • 1/19/2012 • Unabridged

    Just about every human being knows how to listen to music, but what does it take to make music? Is musicality something we are born with? Or a skill that anyone can develop at any time? If you don’t start piano at the age of six, is there any hope? Is skill learning best left to children or can anyone reinvent him- or herself at any time? On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Gary Marcus, an internationally renowned scientist with no discernible musical talent, becomes his own guinea pig to look at how human beings become musical—and how anyone of any age can master something new. Guitar Zero traces his journey, what he learned, and how you can learn, too. In addition to being a groundbreaking look at the origins and allure of music, Marcus’ journey is also an empowering tale of the mind’s plasticity. In a quest that takes him from Suzuki classes to guitar gods, Marcus investigates the most effective ways to train your brain and body to learn to play an instrument. How can you make your practice more deliberate and effective? How can you find the best music teacher for you or your child? Does talent really exist? Or is hard work all you need? Guitar Zero stands the science of music on its head, debunking the popular theory of an innate musical instinct and many other commonly held fallacies. At the same time, it raises new questions about the science of human pleasure and brings new insight into humankind’s most basic question: what counts as a life well lived? Does one have to become the next Jimi Hendrix to make a passionate pursuit worthwhile? Or can the journey itself bring the brain lasting satisfaction? For those who have ever set out to learn a musical instrument—or wishes that they could—Guitar Zero is an inspiring and fascinating look at music, learning, and the pursuit of a well-lived life.

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    Guitar Zero

    5.5 hrs • 1/19/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.1 hrs • 11/24/2010 • Unabridged

    What makes a musical note different from any other sound? How can you tell if you have perfect pitch? Why do ten violins sound only twice as loud as one? Do your Bob Dylan albums sound better on CD or vinyl? John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers these questions and many more in How Music Works, an intriguing and original guide to acoustics. In a clear, accessible, and engaging voice, Powell fascinates the reader with his delightful descriptions of the science and psychology lurking beneath the surface of music. With lively discussions of the secrets behind harmony, timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and more, How Music Works will be treasured by music lovers everywhere. The book also includes a CD of examples and exercises from the book.

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    How Music Works

    8.1 hrs • 11/24/10 • Unabridged
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    7.4 hrs • 6/7/2010 • Unabridged

    “Boy, do I have a lot to learn!” Anyone who’s ever picked up a musical instrument of any kind—from the first caveman banging rocks to that little kid at the guitar shop—has thought that. Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten certainly did—he had been trying for years to break in to the music scene, to show everyone his chops, and to make his mark. He was good, but he wasn’t great. He knew that there was something wrong. Then the teacher showed up. Victor didn’t ask for him, and he didn’t think he needed him. And all the teacher said he could teach Victor was “nothing.” What happened next, you may not believe; Victor sure didn’t … but that didn’t stop the teacher. The Music Lesson is the inspiring story of a young bass player and the lessons he learns about life, music, and the life of music. Throughout this audiobook is new, original music written by Victor Wooten and a bonus performance by the original supergroup Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

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    The Music Lesson

    7.4 hrs • 6/7/10 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.2 hrs • 8/16/2007 • Abridged

    In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music, its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it, and the human brain. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, Levitin reveals: How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our head Taking on prominent thinkers who argue music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language.

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    This Is Your Brain on Music

    6.2 hrs • 8/16/07 • Abridged
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  10. 1.1 hrs • 6/20/2006 • Audio Theater

    The Keyboard Conversations series with Jeffrey Siegel combines the virtuosity and poetry of a world-class pianist with entertaining commentary to create a magical concert experience. His lively, engaging insights and captivating performances make listening an enthralling experience for all music lovers.  In The Romanticism of the Russian Soul, Jeffrey Siegel discusses Russian composers, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikolai Medtner, and Alexander Scriabin.

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    The Romanticism of the Russian Soul

    Music performed by Jeffrey Siegel
    With commentary by Jeffrey Siegel
    1.1 hrs • 6/20/06 • Audio Theater
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  11. 0.9 hrs • 6/20/2006 • Audio Theater

    The Keyboard Conversations series with Jeffrey Siegel combines the virtuosity and poetry of a world-class pianist with entertaining commentary to create a magical concert experience. His lively, engaging insights and captivating performances make listening an enthralling experience for all music lovers.  In Mozart and Friends, Jeffrey Siegel discusses Mozart and other classical composers, including Johann Christian Bach, Muzio Clementi, Antonio Salieri, Robert Schumann, and Joseph Haydn.

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    Mozart and Friends

    Music performed by Jeffrey Siegel
    With commentary by Jeffrey Siegel
    0.9 hrs • 6/20/06 • Audio Theater
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  12. 1.1 hrs • 6/20/2006 • Unabridged

    The internationally celebrated pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras, including those of Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Tokyo, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland and Los Angeles. His Keyboard Conversations® are currently thrilling music lovers and new listeners in live performances across the United States.

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    Keyboard Conversations®

    Read and performed by Jeffrey Siegel
    1.1 hrs • 6/20/06 • Unabridged
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  13. 0.9 hrs • 6/20/2006 • Unabridged

    Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel combine the virtuosity and poetry of a world-class pianist with entertaining commentary to create a magical concert experience. His lively, engaging insights and captivating performances make listening an enthralling experience for all music lovers.

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  14. 19.4 hrs • 3/1/2004 • Unabridged

    The author who has taught tens of thousands of people to love opera now introduces readers to the rich and soul-stirring world of classical music. From the author of the bestselling Opera 101 comes a comprehensive and highly accessible guide to discovering the glories of classical music, based on the fundamental principle of developing the skills to truly listen. In clear and entertaining prose, Plotkin explores a thousand years of music, introducing listeners to more than one hundred great works and profiling in depth many significant composers, including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, and Mahler. Plotkin illustrates how each piece of music possesses its own sound world, which is created by the unique style, voice, and vision of each composer, and made even more distinct by every musician who plays it. He defines major musical terms, and makes music theory comprehensible for the uninitiated. Conversations with important musicians offer fascinating insights into the art.

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    Classical Music 101

    19.4 hrs • 3/1/04 • Unabridged
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  15. 8.0 hrs • 9/1/2003 • Unabridged

    Jazz 101 is a fascinating entrée into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed from an ethnic music to become America’s most popular music and then part of the avant-garde in less than fifty years. Szwed’s complete overview includes the major types of jazz and significant jazz musicians of the twentieth century; the roots of jazz, including its European and African influences; and recommended listening, plus appendixes on jazz singers, record guides, and more. Infinitely readable and highly entertaining, Jazz 101 is a vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz.

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    Jazz 101

    8.0 hrs • 9/1/03 • Unabridged
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