Snowball the Dancing Cookatoo


There is certainly no shortage of fascinating and really useful material on utube. It’s a great teaching resource. And while I will not pretend that this can ever compete with the experience of live performance and real people working together one-on-one, it is giving us access to some truly great performances of repertoire.

I have to say that so far, Snowball is my favourite amateur utube performance just for the sheer joy of experiencing music. If you haven’t yet played the video, do it now. It’s guaranteed to made you feel good! There is also some interesting science behind this.

Until neuroscientist, Dr. Aniruddh Patel, saw this wildly popular utube video of Snowball, he and the scientific community believed  that keeping time to a beat was something unique to humans. His subsequent study of Snowball is the first to document that non-human vocal learners also share this ability, something they suspected but had not yet proven.

If you are interested in a clear and concise explanation of the science behind his research, check out this great blog entry by Isobel MacIver on Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo, YouTube and Scientific Discovery.  Well worth the read.



Great resource for Interval Training

Sometimes I wish my ears were as good as these guys!

Sometimes I wish my ears were as good as these guys!

Today, I found a great site that students can use to make up their own individual song cue lists for interval recognition. This is a terrific resource because students find some tunes more useful than others, and it includes the more difficult ones like major and minor sevenths.

Check out the EAR MASTER and have fun creating your own list!



Quizlet is a lightning fast way to memorize terms. It’s like flashcards, but much more fun and interactive.

I started using it this summer to help students memorize terms for RCM History I and also some technique. As the year goes, on I will be creating more classes.

You can make up your own Quizlets for just about anything you need to memorize, or do a search. You might find just the thing you need!