Anonymous asked:
Wait you guys go to West Chester? Your chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are hosting our next district convention and I'm going, so I'll be at your college!

no wayyyy you should talk to and/or follow through-peaceful-eyes she’s my best friend and also a brother of KKP here at WCU 

-Sarah (:

Edit: whoops, I should clarify that James does not attend WCU, my bad haha

It has just been officially announced that the West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band is marching in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Rams!!

Augmented Sixth Chords

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Why can’t they just all come pre-labeled like this?

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(accidentals carry through)

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Anonymous asked:
as a vocalist do you have to know different languages like italian french etc??

Not exactly. I’m a Vocal Performance major and I don’t know French or German or Italian, but I do know pronunciation rules for them. You learn most of them in Diction classes that music departments offer. It helps to have a really basic idea of rules for Italian and maybe German but it isn’t usually required for department acceptances. Most schools don’t expect you to have a strong foundation in French diction because French diction is really intricate.

It DOES, however, help tremendously if you can find translations for your foreign language songs. It adds more dimension to your singing if you’re conscious of what you’re singing about.

-James

Anonymous asked:
So I'm going to be majoring in Choral Music Ed in the Fall (SO FREAKING EXCITED), and I was just wondering if you had any tips for preparing for freshmen year? Thank you so much! :)

The only advice I can give is to really remember why you’re at school for music and DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR DEPARTMENT. You are there for a reason and you have no reason to think somebody is better than you. Every voice has its own strengths and weaknesses and you got into college for what you can offer individually, not how much you can offer over another person that didn’t get in.

Also, try to forge a good relationship with your professors. Smile at them when you see them outside of class and be friendly. It helps learning if you don’t feel awkward around your teachers. Especially your primary voice teacher.

Other than that, just have fun and remember that music makes for a busy but fulfilling life.

-James

We need to talk about the horrible things are commenting on Angela Meade’s YouTube performances just because she’s a big voice soprano and isn’t the size of my left thigh. They’re all saying she’s a novelty soprano because she’s big and can sing Verdi without any regard to how DESPERATE the opera world is for big voices.

News Flash: Big voices can lose their integrity if the singer loses weight. It happened to Maria Callas. It happens to people all the time. If a singer is heavier and can whip the fuck out of a ten minute Verdi aria, you have no right to call them a novelty.