2. Lessons



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• Private lessons with Michael Levin are
offered through Columbia College, Chicago,
where he is adjunct faculty in the Department of Music. ●
Students entering Columbia College with the admirable
intention of pursuing a program of study emphasizing
the value of an interdisciplinary education should be
aware that Columbia College only offers music lessons
to music majors. ● Students entering Columbia College
with experience in traditional elementary, jr. high, and
high school music programs [programs emphasizing the
fundamental value of individual, private lessons] should
be aware that the administration of Columbia College
has instituted an innovative program. This program
channels into GROUP lessons all music students not
majoring in the study of the specific instrument for
which they desire lessons. This bold development saves
Columbia College money. Total compensation for
Columbia College’s president in 2017 was $912,965.
● Students entering Columbia College with the reasonable
expectation that existing musical programs/ensembles
will continue to be offered during the time of their
attendance should be aware that this is a wildly
optimistic assumption [“For the past several years, 
we’ve been offering more ensembles than our
enrollment would justify,….This year (2017)…we
will offer a smaller number of ensembles in alignment
with our educational prioritiesand our anticipated
enrollment….If we seek to retain returning students
and grow our enrollment, it’s up to all of us to
represent positive change to them.” — Music
Department Ensemble Task Force, 4.14.17 ].
● Students entering Columbia College with the
admirable intention of pursuing a program of study
emphasizing the value of critical inquiry should
be aware that the adminstration of Columbia College
has twice [unsuccessfully] attempted to close down
important courses in the Israel-Palestine conflict
which challenge Israeli 
hasbara (and the American
Association of University Professors has strongly
criticized Columbia College for attempting to
violate academic freedom). ● CC students hoping
to use Columbia College facilities after graduating
should be aware that Columbia College campus visitation
policy strongly discourages this use by requiring
alumni to schedule a specific appointment before
permission is granted to enter any campus building. 

Note: Michael Levin does not offer recommendations to
study abroad programs in Israel. These programs potentially
violate the rights of US faculty and students, including
campus non-discrimination and equal opportunity policies,
they potentially violate academic freedom of Palestinian,
Arab, and Muslim students, they work in tandem with the
repudiated practice of blacklisting as a means of political
repression, and they may be complicit in violations of
international law by Israeli universities including systemic
racial discrimination. Finally, Israel is proceeding to
escalate its outrageous "discriminatory policy aimed at
preventing international academics from staying in the
West Bank and refusing to renew visas for those
with teaching contracts.” [For further background see
Odeh Bisharat’s article in the Israeli daily Haaretz:
It is time to boycott Israeli academia,” July 29, 2019;
David Palumbo-Liu’s article in Truthout: “Israel
Systematically Blocks International Scholars From
Reaching Palestine
,” August 11, 2019, and Amira Hass’
article in Israeli daily Haaretz: “Israeli university heads
say won’t intervene in discrimination against Palestinian
schools
,” Haaretz, August 28, 2019. (Palestine Legal:
"Israel's denial of entry to foreigners wishing to teach
or study in the West Bank was one discriminatory practice
cited in a Pitzer College vote to suspend the school's study
abroad program in Haifa earlier this year.”)] Recent articles
of interest include: Yumna Patel,  "Israel holds a US scholar
in administrative detention, as colleagues demand his
release
,” Mondoweiss, November 25, 2019; Tamara Nassar,
"Palestinian American researcher held by Israel,”
Electronic Intifada, December 5, 2019; Shira
Kadari-Ovadia, "
Jerusalem's Hebrew U to Give Students
Credit for Volunteering With Right-wing Group That
Blacklists Academics
. Im-Tirzu targets left-leaning
politicians, public figures and academics as
subversives," Haaretz, February 13, 2020; "Petition:
Demand an end to the harassment of Palestinian scientists
and academics and an immediate release of prof. Imad
Barghouthi
," Action Network, July 2020.]

Michael Levin is proud to support the BDS call.

[As noted by Palestine Legal: "The Palestinian
civil society call for a boycott to protest Israel’s
ongoing violations of their human rights
includes a call to boycott Israeli academic institutions.
This includes study abroad programs in Israel, which it
says “are part of the Israeli propaganda effort, designed
to give international students a ‘positive experience’ of
Israel, white washing its occupation and denial of Palestinian
rights.” The boycott guidelines also state that
“international faculty should not accept to write
recommendations for students hoping to pursue
studies in Israel,” given these institutions’ complicity
in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.”]




 When I put my bass down, I’m in trouble.
That’s when the challenge starts because you have to learn how
to be the kind of person you are when you're playing. That’s the
hard part.
                    
Charlie Haden



• Last summer, Michael was part of the faculty
for the
Chicago Latin Jazz Workshop. As
details about upcoming workshops and clinics are announced
they will be posted here.




Jim Hall Quote






Free Music Resources








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11 Tools for Collaborating on Music
Remotely [from Reverb]



An Impossible Choice: Music Majors, COVID-19,
and an Uncertain Future



Optimize Zoom Audio Settings for a Remote Music Lesson





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"Ten Rules for Students and Teachers” — attributed to John Cage,
however, the actual author is Sister Corita Kent



Glenn Gould and Leonard Bernstein: Bach's Keyboard Concerto
No. 1 in D minor (BWV 1052)



T Monk Advice

Advice from Thelonius Monk, transcribed by Steve Lacy



Laurie Anderson Interview: Advice to the Young





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Woodie Guthrie - New Years Resolutions 1943

Woodie Guthrie’s New Years Resolutions for 1943



Terrance Blanchard gives advice to young musicians and shares
his thoughts on jazz



Sounds and Silences





"The expansion was authorized by federal antitrust
prosecutors Wednesday….Liberty media is owned
by billionaire John Malone...Known for his expansionist
and aggressive business tactics, Malone drew scrutiny
in recent years for his support of Donald Trump’s
presidency. Malone donated 250,000 dollars to the
Trump inauguration….What is perhaps most dangerous,
is the sudden ability for one man and one company to
control ‘soup to nuts’ the trajectory of the music industry.
This right-wing billionaire holds the strings to a series of
companies that control touring, concerts, festivals,
ticketing, radio, and podcasts. The potential for monopoly,
exclusion, and even social engineering are suddenly tangible.
Live Nation alone controls the landscape of touring and
has expanded into artists management in recent years.  
A
‘Justice’ Department spokesperson declined to comment." 





Chick Corea Advice



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Robert Dick gives advice to young musicians and shares
his thoughts on careers in music [also watch part III]






Pat Metheny - Lesson on Improvisation



Black Lives Matter More than White Feelings



Helen Frankenthaler on How to Be an Artist 
● Also see How to Be an Artist, According to
Georgia O’Keeffe
Willem de Kooning on
How to Be an Artist
How to Be an Artist,
According to Louise Bourgeois
; How to Be
an Artist, According to Henri Matisse
; How
to Be an Artist, According to Edvard
Munch, Master of “The Scream”
How to
Be an Artist, According to Josef Albers
;
Mark Rothko on How to Be an Artist;
Anni Albers on How to Be an Artist



Thoughts by Elvin



Edicson Ruiz plays Bach Cello Suite No. 1 on double bass
["At age 17, Ruiz became the youngest member of the Berlin
Philharmonic Orchestra, the second in the Philharmonic history
after a harp player in the 19th century; he is also the first
Hispanic-American musician to join the Berlin
Philharmonic Orchestra.”]



Practice

Practice is very, very real.




Charles Gayle Interview: What Does Music Have to Teach Us?



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Angela Davis music eresistance quote



Boston Philharmonic: Interpretation Class with Benjamin Zander:
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A Major Mvt. II



You must be mad



Patti Smith Interview: Advice to the Young



Carpe Diem



"This live DJ set features some early seminal tracks
which arguably helped give rise to the phenomenon
that became known as 'House Music' in Chicago
during the mid-1980's. The accompanying spoken
commentary explains in detail the transition from
classic disco, funk and soul to more electronic sounds
(sometimes referred to as 'Proto-House'). The provided
examples illustrate how creating re-edits inspired
producers and DJs such as Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles
or Marshall Jefferson in defining a raw, tougher and
very fresh dancefloor aesthetic which would soon
go on to conquer the planet." 



Stravinsky on Listening



Zinn - You can't be neutral on a moving train





I'd like a wakeup call



stay humble



On making money from music streaming … // More about Spotify:
"Spotify’s front page “Browse” screen
presents a classic illusion of choice, a stream of genre
and mood playlists, charts, new releases, and now
podcasts and video. It all appears limitless, a function
of the platform’s infinite supply, but in reality it is tightly
controlled by Spotify’s staff and dictated by the interests
of major labels, brands, and other cash-rich businesses
who have gamed the system….Today on Spotify, artists
often have no idea they’ve been added to these
[corporate-branded] playlists….My friend’s band was
completely unaware of its inclusion on the Nike and
Starbucks playlists, and the band receives no additional
compensation beyond the usual streaming royalties
sent to labels and rights-holders. We should call this
what it is: the automation of selling out. Only it
subtracts the part where artists get paid.” // Also
see: "
Why Independent Artists Should Beware
of Streaming Fraud
” — Randi Zimmerman
in SymphonicBlog //



Streaming Chart







Four Horsemen of Provrasitination



Chomsky on student debt



"Learn how to Circular Breathe in 10 minutes. Really."



It's free, but they sell your information



Richard Atkinson analyzes the magnificent counterpoint
in the finale of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, no. 41 in C
major, K. 551, culminating in the coda, during which 5
of the previously introduced themes are combined at
once, in five-part invertible counterpoint. 



Racism iceberg cartoon



 The Goldberg Variations with Jeremy Denk: Aria



A Philip Randolph on Equality



Someone on our street likes jazz



What the hell is wrong with you?



"The Record Indusrtry Scam [Why Your Favorite
Musicians are Broke]"; "How money flows in
the music industry"]



You've Blown It Buster





Miles Davis from Plugged Nickel Sessions 



Women's pay



"A Far Cry performs its signature work, Tchaikovsky’s
Serenade for Strings, from memory on 18 of the finest
instruments in the world - crafted by the likes of
Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati and hand-selected
by Christopher Reuning of Reuning & Son Violins.





Data



Harry Connick Jr. on singing standards on American Idol



Support Oppression -- Do Nothing

From The Palestine Project



The Emperor

"Today’s card. If it has been revealed to you that
you have certain gifts, and those gifts have the
capacity to bring healing to the world, what will
it take for you to feel authorized to use what you’ve
been given? Ask yourself: What am I? What do I
know? & What am I capable of?” — J.D.



Trickle-down



Instant vs. Ozone vs. Real Mastering



True peace quote - Jane Addams



Groucho  -- Outside a Dog



How to Master if You Are Not a Mastering Engineer



Letter to Mancini

ASCAP to Henry Mancini: “Under separate cover,
we are returning your music."





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"Well known social experiment, give one player
twice as much money to start and ... when
passing go. Interviewing these players after
they have won, they usually say they won
because of how they played the game."



Yuja Wang - 2020 Recital (Chopin, Scriabin, Ravel,
Bach, Brahms, Galuppi)



Reinvent yourself



Eddie Harris from Cool Sax Warm Heart 



Knowledge is power



ASCAP VS BMI | What No One Will Tell You
About ASCAP Royalties and BMI Music Royalties 2019



Stop Police Killings



How I saved lives





Nevertheless she persisted











Art is Hard

Art is Hard: Mama Kokichi



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[…often accompanied by the statement that this
animated short won an Oscar; it did not.]









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Poster by Ricardo Levins Morales [no relation], available here



“Even the strap sounded good…"



Everyday sexism in Jazz



"montage que j'ai réalisé les images sont de
colin raff et la bande son aphex twin"



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TwoSetViolin: "How Violin Playing Has completely
changed in the Last 60 Years” 



Jazz Bum



Jimmy Carter





Paulo Friere quote





Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan - Bacon, Banknotes, Benjamins



Let's talk About Race - Chuck Buck

"Let's Talk About Race" by Chris Buck for O Magazine



Should I Make Art



"Legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter discusses his
career and the state of the music business with
ArtistsHouse's John Snyder at Loyola University,
New Orleans. He explains why he has an agent
but not a manager, why illegal music downloading
does not concern him, why independent releases
and small labels end up stealing as much money
from artists as the big labels do, why he has his
own publishing company, how he deals with
advances and royalty collections, what BMI and
ASCAP do, why he still wears a suit when he
performs, and much more."



Disclaimer



Jazz Bassist Jonah Jonathan interviews alto saxophonist David Binney for
his interview series: The Jazz Musician's Voice



Ceci n'est pas un gif





"Beauty is truth, truth beauty …"



Beverly Sills





Kevin Coval with Tips On Becoming The Best Artist
/ "Don't be whack. There is a lot of bad art in the
world so don't contribute to that heap of garbage."



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"I want to be the force which is truly for good." - John Coltrane in 1966,
as told Frank Kofsky



PAS Standard Drum Notation

Steve Snodgrass [fb]: "The graphic I made to help my
students memorize P.A.S. Standard Drum Notation"




Frankie Dunlop: Monk's Lesson on Slow vs Fast Playing



no-one-is-going-to-give-you-the-education-you-need-to-overthrow-them



"Clarinet legend Eddie Daniels discusses his career and performs with
pianist Lee Musiker in this video. Eddie talks about his transformation
from first-call studio musician to world-renowned jazz clarinetist, his
teachers, and his way of practicing."



Norris: “I'm sorry, sir. I make many mistakes" at 3:41 ["After speaking
with General Sternwood at his mansion, detective Philip Marlowe
meets his older daughter, Vivian Rutledge. First scene between
Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) and Vivian (Lauren Bacall), from
the beginning of The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)"]



"Grammy-winning mix engineer Andy Scheps … willingly
shared his wisdom and unique insight on topics ranging
from audio education to the age-old analogue vs
digital debate."



Education ...



Two arias from La Bohème, with José Carreras and
Teresa Stratas, act 1



An Army of Frogs



Lessons • Lessons • Lessons • Lessons • Lessons • Lessons 
Sun Ra - All Stars 1983 - October 29, Berlin, Germany, Philharmonie,
Jazztage 1983 Don Cherry, tp, voc / Lester Bowie, tp / Marshall Allen,
as, per / John Gilmore, ts, fl / Archie Shepp, ts, voc / Sun Ra, key
Richard Davis, b / Clifford Jarvis, dr / Philly Joe Jones, dr /
Famoudou Don Moye, per / 0 [00:00] Announcement
Michael Naura 1 [04:00] Happy Birthday / Stars That Shine
Darkly 2 [16:15] Title (DCh, tp - PhJJ, dr - duo)
3 [20:30] Somewhere Else 4 [28:55] Early Morning Blues
5 [38:10] Poinciana 





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The Wetnurse - Julia Fullerton-Batten

"The Wetnurse" by Julia Fullerton-Batten



The Laughing Heart - Charles Bukowski - A Short Film /
Animation and Illustration: Bradley Bell Poem by: Charles Bukowski
Spoken by: Tom Waits Music: Grizzly Bear - Foreground Length: 01’45”
Produced at Chelsea College of Art 



Philip Ewell [Hunter College CUNY] at Society for
Music Theory Plenary: “Music Theory’s White
Racial Frame” / See "Music education has a race
problem, and universities must address it
,”
[Jacqueline Warwick, writing in The Conversation,
August 9, 2020] for 1] a discussion of Ewell’s
exploration of the ways "conventional analytical
strategies reinforce European classical music as
the most worthy of study,” and 2] the
intense response to his presentation.



Spiegel im Spiegel for Cello and Piano (Arvo Pärt)





Let's Talk About Race - by Chuck Buck

"Let's Talk About Race" by Chris Buck for O Magazine





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 Everything you do is music, and everywhere
is the best seat.

                    
John Cage




•   Online Metronome


•   Online Chromatic Tuner & Tone Generator


•   Glossary of Musical Terminology


•   Manuscript paper

Download here and hereand print to your heart's content.


•   Petrucci Music Library is a virtual library of free,
downloadable music, which includes over over 300,000 scores
and 35,000 recordings for over 93,000 works by over 12,000
composers.


•  Recording advice
Miking and Recording Woodwinds [Recording Magazine]
Miking Bass Clarinet [Michael Lowenstern]
Microphone Techniques [Shure, 2009]


•   Instrument Serial Number Lists


•   
Jazz Links Page created by Bob Keller


•  Clarinet Fingering Charts


•  Top 10+ Things that Beginner 
Clarinet Players Do Wrong and 
How to Correct Them


•  Links to Helpful Clarinet
Resources


•  Robert Marcellus Master Class
Audio Archives


•  Robert Marcellus Interview


•  Eddie Daniels Videos from
Backun Musical Services


•  J. Lawrie Bloom Videos on
How to Play Bass Clarinet


•  Michael Lowenstern Videos
on How to Play Bass Clarinet


•  Michael Lowenstern Videos
Yes. You Can Play High Notes on
Bass Clarinet EASILY. (-ish)


•  Walter Grabner: Bass
Clarinet advice


•  Michelle Anderson Video
Series: Clarinet Mentors

 

•  Sean Osborn Video Series:
10 Steps to a Great Clarinet Section

 

•  Buddy DeFranco Master Class
[1997 IAJE Conference in Chicago]


•  William Ridenour on Clarinet
and the Cult of Boutiqueism


•  Great New Orleans Clarinet
Players: click on the portraits and listen


•  Interesting thread re. jazz clarinet
players / older styles / doubling 


•  Internet Archive has digitized
26,000 78rpm records: free listening
and downloading


•  32 videos of Hal Willner’s ’80s
series ‘Night Music’ that display his
gift for weird, amazing collaborations


•  Artist Saxophone Mouthpiece
Setup, Mouthpiece Data, Reed Chart


•  Woodwind Repair Articles


•  Wind Controller FAQ


•  Wind Controller Bibliography


•  Wind Controller Recordings


•  Twenty-Five Great Jazz Flute
Performances


•  Flute Teaching Videos
[Thirty-eight] with Nina Perlov 


•  Chris Potter: 2017/18 Alto
and Bass Flute Recommendations


•  Twenty-Five Great Jazz Baritone
Saxophone Peformances


•  Solo Transcriptions Page which
lists and links to 1780 solo transcriptions for sax,
flute, clarinet, and ewi


•  Sax solo transcriptions by
Charles McNeal


•  Scale Omnibus “is a 400-page ebook
that illustrates as many as 392 distinct scales and modes
from all over the world, transposed in all keys, with historical
notes and the list of chords over which each scale sounds
good. Probably the most complete book on this topic,
and it's totally free”


•  Jazz Handbook with lots of information
on topics ranging from jazz history to jazz theory


•  Nathan Cole: My Chicago Symphony
job was not what I thought it would be. Be ready
for anything


•  Copyright Your Music: The 2019 Guide


•  Music Publishing Explained


•  Musician’s Guide to Online
Advertising


•  Logic Pro X Video Tutorials:
85 free video lessons on using Logic Pro X


•  100+ Awesome Free Online
Resources For Music Producers


•  SampleRadar: Free music
samples: download loops, hits
and multis 
is the hub page for MusicRadar’s
regular giveaway of pro-quality, royalty-free
samples; 66,385 free sample downloads


•  Ultimate List of Free Massive Presets


•  Searchable List of Free Plugins
for Pro Tools, Studio One, Logic and any
DAW that supports AAX, VST and AU
Formats [by Pro Tools Expert]


•  Free Plugins from Splice


•  Free Plugins from Airwindows


•  The 200 Best Free VST Plugins Ever

     [Landr]


•  Top 50 Free VST Plugins of 2015


•  Top 25 Free VST Plugins of 2016


•  Top 50 Free VST Plugins of 2017


•  Top 25 Free VST Plugins of 2018


•  Top 10 Free VST Plugins of 2019
      [Production Music Live]


•  Top 20 Free VST Plugins of 2019

      [Bedroom Producers]


•  Top 10 Free NI Kontakt Libraries (2019)


•  Top 25 Best VST/AU plugin synths

      in the World Right Now (2019)

      [Music Radar]


•  The Art of Sampling: a series of articles on
sampling from Sound on Sound Magazine


•  Stems in Music Production — Everything
You Need to Know


•  Online Music Visualization Maker


•  Equipment front panel recall sheets
and manuals — 2100+ free, downloadable documents


 •  Bruce Swedien: Recording
Michael Jackson
Legendary engineer on Thriller


•  Free Digital Audio Workstations
[DAW Software]


•  Free YouTube to mp3 converter
and YouTube downloader tool


•  Online Tone Generator


•  Bpm Beats-per-minute
calculator [given tempo and
time signature]


•  Top Ten Production Bad Habits
and How You Can Fix Them 
Part 1 Part 2


•  Speaker and Studio Monitor
Placement Secrets; How to Setup Your
Studio / Critical Listening Room


•  Audio Cable Buying Guide


•  How You Can Get
Acoustics Right
In Your
Home Recording Studio 


•  1200 Years of Women
Composers: A Free 78-Hour
Music Playlist That Takes You
From Medieval Times to Now
[Spotify playlist]


•  8 Best Free Font
Resources
for Designers


•  14 Best Free
Fonts Websites That You
Can Use for Your Projects


 •  5 Color Palette Generators


•  Master List of 1,200 Free Courses From
Top Universities: 40,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures




Correct Speaker Placement 1

Home Studio: Correct speaker placement 1 ["The correct position
for your speakers should be 60 degrees apart at an equal distance
from the mix position.”]


Correct speaker Placement 2

Home Studio: Correct speaker placement 2 ["You should aim to
have the acoustic axis of the speaker (check your manual) at
ear height.”]







Clarinet Mouthpieces

Clarinet Mouthpiece Comparison Chart
[Note: all charts courtesy of Ellis Music]



BassClarinetMpcComparison

Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece Comparison Chart



SopranoSaxMpcComparison

Soprano Sax Mouthpiece Comparison Chart



AltoSaxMpcComparison

Alto Sax Mouthpiece Comparison Chart /
A chart comparing even more alto sax mouthpieces
can be viewed/downloaded here



TenorSaxMpcComparison

Tenor Sax Mouthpiece Comparison Chart



BariSaxMpcComparison

Baritone Sax Mouthpiece Comparison Chart



clarinetreedstrength

Clarinet Reeds







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“How a Bunny Sounds” — Kim Krans



 Promise me you’ll always remember:
you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.    
                Christopher Robin




Michael Levin with Wilfredo Rivera at American Rhythm Center

With Wilfredo Rivera at American Rhythm Center