by Karl Beaudry
There are many aspects of musical notation that are often ignored in beginning music lessons. Unless a student is fortunate enough to have a great teacher (like those available through Candid Brilliance!), some of the most interesting and fun facts about notes and other symbols are passed over and forgotten. In fact, there are many “advanced” musicians today that may not be aware of the reasons for why music looks the way it does on paper. Certainly one of the most interesting symbols in music is the humble clef. Unfortunately, many teachers are satisfied with telling their students that a clef just tells the musician whether the music is “high” or “low” – or whether the right hand or left hand is used on the piano. These teachers are missing all the fun! At the very least, a clef indicates very specific (and decorative) instructions for a musician.
The summer season is approaching, and quick! Summer weddings are a popular choice for many couples, and as the season draws near, you may feel that your music list needs something extra. Perhaps you will be saying your "I do's" on a beach, or in a botanical garden? Add one of these pieces to your lineup to pay homage to this beautiful season!