29 May Learn About Music Without Leaving Home
Since The Orchestra app debuted nearly a year ago, there has been a steady stream of praise for its ability to bring orchestral music to life for people of all ages and skill sets. We wanted to share some of the app’s features and encourage you to find fun ways to supplement music lessons from The Music Junction.
Famed composer and music conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen (and long-time music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) guides users to the world of classical music with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. The app includes access to eight compositions, which we heard isn’t enough for music fans but it’s a start.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the features by skill level:
Beginning Students: The app offers an introduction to all the instruments that comprise the orchestra as well as commentary from Philharmonia musicians. Users can see a 360-degree view of the instrument as well as learn about its sound range. There is also a special dot diagram — called a BeatMap — that flashes to indicate when a certain section is playing. The diagram could be a great introduction about how different instruments work together to create a cohesive sound.
Intermediate Students: For students who are starting to master music reading, the app allows users to hear the music and see the score at the same time. Advanced features include the ability to stop and replay the music to focus on certain passages, which is a great way for student to dissect challenging music.
Advanced Students: Ready to test your skills with some of the world’s best musicians? The app allows users to play along with an online digital piano. People can also hear Salonen’s commentary, providing insight into the score’s deeper meanings and complex storylines.
The Music Junction offers piano and voice lessons at our Burbank and Hollywood locations. Call us today to learn more.