Category Archives: Modern

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We’ve talked about a lot of musical genres that have their origins in Europe, so today I wanted to switch gears and talk about a genre that has its origin in America – ragtime music.

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

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In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to look at Impressionist music. We’ll talk about the composers who played a role in this sound movement (namely Debussy), what the impressionist style sounds like, and characteristics of the music.

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

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Probably one of the most well-known piano songs of all time is Debussy’s Clair de Lune. But it’s also very difficult. So as per a request on this channel, I decided that it would be fun to do a discussion on the tune. In today’s episode, we’ll talk about the history of the piece, its interpretation, sound and style, and then listen to some audio clips and dissect it a little.

My intention for this video isn’t to do a heavy, academic analysis of Clair de Lune – if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll definitely be disappointed. As per the title, “For Casual Music Fans”, I wanted to create a video that even non-nerdy music listeners could understand.

That said, it’s a fine line between getting super nerdy, and watering down the content too much, so I’m trying to strike a balance. And if there’s anything you’d like to add, feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts – it’s great for me to read, but also great for other people who watch these videos as well.
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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

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Hi and welcome to another episode of PianoTV!

Today we’re going to do something unusual for this channel, and turn our focus to pop music. We’re going to talk about key changes, also referred to as modulations in pop music, and why they’re so awesome (and sometimes so cheesy). We’ll look at 12 amazing key changes in pop music, and talk details about how the composer pulled it off.

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.