Friday, September 28, 2012


After years of being done with school, I wanted to test my intervals skills. So I went on and quizzed myself on the interval trainer.

I have to say I was quite pleased! I used this site often, when I was in Ear Training and it has helped me immensely! However, I have never been great at distinguishing tritones, minor sevenths, and major sevenths. I always mix them up. They sound so much the same to me...and I have to admit...for most of the intervals, I have a song I can pair with them...but I never could never figure out a song that went with those 3 intervals.

So, I decided to look them up online. Here are some songs that go with each of these three intervals according to Wikipedia

These are the songs I best relate may be different for others.

Tritone- "Maria" Westside Story

At the start of the chorus: :37 sec in.

Minor Seventh- "Somewhere"-Westside Story

At the beginning of the song: :26 sec in.

Major Seventh- "Take on Me" A-Ha (This one is probably the trickiest for me so I have two songs that help.)

Beginning of Chorus- "Take on Me" :53 sec in.

Also... the Star Trek one seems the easiest. I don't know it well...but I'm sure if I listened to it enough it would make this interval a lot easier! So here it is...

Listen to the voice singing the first interval of the theme :31 sec in.

These songs have made it so much easier to distinguish these three intervals for me.
Before I was using "The Simpson's" theme and "Maria" and I would confuse all of them somehow. They sound very similar.

As for my other intervals I have always paired them with these songs and that has always helped me...

Unison-Easy- sounds the same
m2- Jaws Theme
M2- "Silent Night"
m3- "Lullaby", or the "Mr. Clean Song"

M3- Tri-ad (I've never had a hard time with tri-ad's but "I could have danced all night" -My Fair Lady, works too.)
P4- "Here Comes the Bride"
P5- Superman theme :41 sec in

m6-The Entertainer (big interval after pick-up)
M6- "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean" first interval of song.
Octave- "Willow Song"- Ballad of Baby Doe

:56 sec in when she first starts singing. I sang this in college so this was easy for me to hum in my head to hear the octaves in Ear Training/Aural Skills.

And there you have it. The easiest songs I know for these intervals. They haven't failed me yet!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Music Therapy

A friend posted this article on facebook and I thought I would share. It just goes to show how important music is and how it can help others!

You can read the article here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Why music makes us cry...

This morning I was looking at my dictionary app on my iphone. Every now and then, I like to read the word of the day and learn something new about how words were formed in our language and so on...

Anyway, on today's "hott word" i found this little blurb...

Click here to read "There's a word for why Adele's music makes us cry."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Music Matters!

Love this video!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Masterclasses online!

I was reading a bunch of blogs this morning and found a GEM on

Master classes online! Masterclass was one of my favorite things about college. Singing in a Masterclass was a love/hate relationship. I hated being put on the spot and being interuppted, but I loved learning how to perfect the music I was performing and the comments from other peers as well.

Watching other perform for Masterclass was even better! I learned so much from watching other students perform and perfect their music. And it was great feeling like I was being entertained, and taught at the same time! It was the best part of my week! I always went home feeling rejuvenated and giddy afterwards!

Now, I can have that feeling all over again without having to go back to school!

You can check it out for yourself here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Music Appreciation Group (MAG)

A couple of weeks ago, I started a Music Appreciation Group (MAG) with a bunch of friends from my church.

Once a month, we will get together and perform for each other. Kind of like a Masterclass, but no criticism! So far, this has really helped motivate me to practice singing more. I finally have a reason to practice, knowing that other people are going to be watching me perform again.I've practiced, nearly every day for the past week! And I can't WAIT to be able to listen to others share their talents too!

We have a cellist, 3 pianists, and 3 singers that joined the group! If this group goes well, we plan on doing a recital at a nursing home sometime.

This month we are all focusing on pieces that we have studied, or performed before so that we can remember some of the old techniques through muscle memory and notes written in our music.

It has been so nice to have a reason to sing again. I tried practicing so many times before, but for some reason it just wasn't the same. I guess I enjoy sharing my talents more than just hogging it for myself. It's more exciting when you are practicing about how you are going to make this enjoyable for other people than just for yourself.

Anyway...I better get back to practicing! I'm SO excited!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Guardian's of Virtue

I am the YW President in my Ward here in Philadelphia. It's a really hard ward to serve in...probably the hardest ward I have ever been in. Our ward is in the inner city of Philadelphia, and we have a LOT of converts and a LOT of members. About a fourth of the ward are grad students, and the rest of the ward are local, converts to the church. Unfortunatly, a lot of our members struggle with church attendance. Only about 150 members our of 800 attend church frequently. So, as you can imagine...we have a lot of challenges with getting our youth to go to church and activities.

Last week, I got to go to the YW general broadcast with a bunch of our Young Women. A lot of the girls are BRAND new to the church and so this was really exciting for them. They all had their sheets of paper and pens ready to take notes! It was so nice to see them get dressed up and get excited to hear the speakers. The speakers were great too! One of my favorite parts of the broadcast was a song the YW sang, "Guardians of Virtue". I thought they did a great job, and I loved how quiet the chapel was when they sang and the tone they set for the meeting.

I plan on teaching this song to my young women for a musical number in church, and for Night of Excellence!