Another lockdown is in force in Austria. Again, amateur musicians are trapped inside their homes without any in-person lessons. Already in 2020, MUSEDU collected a number of free online resources we can use to stay motivated. Why not brush up your knowledge on music theory or music history with free online courses, so-called “MOOCs”, or YouTube tutorials? Check out our mini series “Time for Music”, Part I, Part II and Part III. (Please note that the corresponding full articles are in German, but all links provided lead to English language resources.)
The Wiener Musikverein is famous all over the world: Its annual New Year’s Concert in the Golden Hall is broadcast to over 90 countries. Music lovers have probably already witnessed a concert at this famous venue – if only virtually. Recently, the MUSEDU team enjoyed a public guided tour and learned about fascinating details. Read all about this tour in the German version. If you are in Vienna and would like to take a guided tour yourself, you can find all the details on the website. (Tours are available on weekdays, in English and German.)
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It’s always great to visit Vienna! The city has a lot to offer, especially for music fans. In previous blog posts we recommended a couple of musical travel guides such as David Nelson’s “Vienna Music Guide” which is also available in English. If you would like to stroll through the musical Vienna on your own, check out these free guides. (The full blog post is available in German only.)
Sonja Ebert, a German guitarist and singer-songwriter, helped kids to write and perform their own lockdown songs. 16 children sing about penguins, the pandemic and missing their friends. The CD “Lockdown-Lieder” is available on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon and Deezer. All profit goes to three charity organisations helping other children: Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk, Feierwerk e.V. and Kindernothilfe. (Read the full article in German.)
We have been sitting at home, alone with our instruments, for over a year now. Clearly, this makes it difficult for most of us to motivate ourselves and keep practising. The good news is: Many amateur music groups are still very active. They organise online get-togethers for playing and chatting, they host charity events and even recitals.
A group of Austrian music therapists provides free online support during lockdown. On their platform lieblingslied.at (favourite song), anyone can submit a song. By speaking about the song and its personal meaning, the music therapist then offers a positive outlook in times of crisis. (Read the full article in German).
Musicians like pianist Igor Levit and violinist Daniel Hope stream concerts from their living rooms during lockdown. Amateur pianists get together to make music online. We are all doing our best to cope with the situation. And yet, we are missing the experience of live concerts tremendously. So we have put together a few links of platforms for live stream concerts. While streaming can never be a replacement for the live experience, it also has its charm. At least, we can now “travel” virtually to concert halls all over the world while sitting on our sofa. (For the time being, check out the links provided in the German version of this article.)
REM‘s “Losing my religion” is playing at my local grocery store – and I can’t help but think of my senior year. When did I last hear this song? Wasn’t it only yesterday that I was listening to it, dancing the night away… I think we all know the feeling. Listening to music from our past makes images come alive – scientists call this “neural nostalgia”. So if you are not just a music lover, but want to experience flow in your writing, read on to see how you can use music as creative inspiration.
In the last few months, we certainly learned how to work and learn online. It has become normal to discuss with others virtually, in our jobs, or private lives – and we even make music together online. In April, we had a look at a few useful online tools for music lovers and will continue our mini series now. (Read also part I and part II). The online platform Kadenze is designed for artists and musicians and offers lots of courses on „Music Composition“, „Music Technology“, „Music Theory“ oder „Music Performance“. Some of them are available free-of-charge. The full article is available in the German version.