The Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s Education Committee with support from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation have released four short, informative music education videos, available to all area music educators.
The videos, created and presented by Sinfonietta percussionist Tony Oliver and trumpeter Steven Franklin, cover topics of music composition, the specifics of pitched percussion instruments, and the concept of timbre, a word used by musicians to describe the tonal colorings that make instruments sound different from each other.
Area music teachers were surveyed prior to the creation of these videos to ensure that the subject matter would be something useful in Adirondack classrooms. Direct links will be circulated to these educators via email. The videos are also available for anyone to watch on the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s YouTube channel.
The two Sinfonietta musicians who created these videos are both well respected professional performers. Tony Oliver is a member of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and an Assistant Professor of Music at Augustana College, a liberal arts college in Rock Island, Illinois, where he teaches a variety of music appreciation courses and all things percussive. He is also proprietor of Curving Walkway Publications, whose percussion publications have been performed throughout North America and Europe. Steven Franklin, is assistant principal trumpet with the Kansas City Symphony, and was previously principal trumpet of the Hawaii Symphony and guest principal trumpet with the Chicago Symphony. In addition to his career as a trumpet player, Franklin is an active composer and his commissioned projects include a work for the American Brass Quintet.
For more information visit the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s website.
Photo of Lake Placid Sinfonietta provided.