Lewis and Clark College Offers Opportunities for World Music Students

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The president and CEO of Robisong Consultants in New York City, Christopher (Chris) Roberts brings years of experience as an executive at Universal Music Group to his firm. Before overseeing classics and jazz labels and the launch of new artists at Universal Music Group, Christopher Roberts studied music at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Lewis & Clark offers budding musicians the opportunity to enhance their skills in several ways. In addition to musicianship, literature, and theory classes, all music majors gain exposure to conducting, instrumentation, and world music.

The integration of world music into the curriculum, such as the ethnomusicology class, shows Lewis & Clark’s commitment to incorporating non-Western music into its program of study. The college offers the additional features of an electronic music studio and the Evans Music Center, which features a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano.

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Five Tips for Improving Finger Dexterity

 

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Finger Dexterity
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Christopher “Chris” Roberts possesses more than three decades in the classical and jazz music industry and previously served as the president of Universal Music Group’s classics and jazz division. Also an accomplished classical piano player and composer, Christopher Roberts released his first album in 1994.

Playing classical piano requires a great deal of finger dexterity. The following tips can help aspiring pianists enhance this crucial ability.

1. Finger stretches. Stretching the muscles in your fingers and flexing the joints can improve dexterity and increase your range of motion. Performing finger stretches before you begin playing can also serve as a warmup and prevent stiffening.

2. Practicing scales and arpeggios. Practicing scales and arpeggios doesn’t just reinforce your knowledge of how to play, it also helps your fingers develop rhythm and boost dexterity. Arpeggios that require challenging reaches will offer the best exercise, especially if you move at a deliberately slow tempo and focus on accuracy.

3. Use practice software apps. Practice applications for string instruments can help you improve dexterity outside practice times or when you do not have access to a piano.

4. Maintain proper form. Proper form plays a big role in performance ability, particularly in your hands, due to the connection of muscles and ligaments in the shoulders, back, and arms. Keeping proper form can make it easier to improve dexterity.

5. Train your weaker hand. Many pianists find that one of their hands is weaker than the other. Take time to strengthen this hand through stretches and exercises.

Technology Advances with Potential to Drive Music Revenue Growth

virtual reality (VR)

 

A respected figure in the music industry, Christopher Roberts headed the Classics and Jazz Division at Universal Music and was successful in positioning the genres he represented for a contemporary audience. In tandem with his position as division president with Universal Music, Christopher Roberts guided labels such as Decca and Deutsche Grammophon.

Chris Roberts maintains an interest in the recording industry in the face of a highly competitive digital landscape in which streaming has come to the fore as a significant means of dissemination. A recent World Economic Forum article on the state of the industry pointed to virtual reality (VR) as one area of potential revenue growth.

Beyond simply broadcasting live concert video or audio, VR gives artists the opportunity to provide complete in-concert experiences to people who are too busy or far away to attend the show in person. Artists also have the chance to create virtual interactive experiences in which fans “travel” with the band or hang out backstage.

Another area of revenue opportunity identified for musicians is in the use of bitcoin and blockchain technologies that effectively unify and update artist and song information, thus ensuring that streaming services pay out to the correct artist in a timely manner.

Technology Advances with Potential to Drive Music Revenue Growth

Christopher Roberts, Universal Music

A respected figure in the music industry, Christopher Roberts headed the Classics and Jazz Division at Universal Music and was successful in positioning the genres he represented for a contemporary audience. In tandem with his position as division president with Universal Music, Christopher Roberts guided labels such as Decca and Deutsche Grammophon.

Chris Roberts maintains an interest in the recording industry in the face of a highly competitive digital landscape in which streaming has come to the fore as a significant means of dissemination. A recent World Economic Forum article on the state of the industry pointed to virtual reality (VR) as one area of potential revenue growth.

Beyond simply broadcasting live concert video or audio, VR gives artists the opportunity to provide complete in-concert experiences to people who are too busy or far away to attend the show in person. Artists also have the chance to create virtual interactive experiences in which fans “travel” with the band or hang out backstage.

Another area of revenue opportunity identified for musicians is in the use of bitcoin and blockchain technologies that effectively unify and update artist and song information, thus ensuring that streaming services pay out to the correct artist in a timely manner.