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Joshua Bland
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Composer, clinician, conductor. Saxophonist. MM Composition candidate and Music Theory lecture fellow at University of Arkansas.
Composer, clinician, conductor. Saxophonist. MM Composition candidate and Music Theory lecture fellow at University of Arkansas.

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Beginning the score on the sixth and final movement of my oratorio, Restoration! Still some editing to do throughout, but the book is coming together!

Discussed the role of memory in music cognition (generally speaking) and particularly in exercises within the aural perception classroom with my students this morning. It's fascinating to consider both our individual and group experiences of music in this regard. #musictheory

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"It's time we shift the focus of public education away from standardized testing and back to the classroom where it belongs."

Unexpected discoveries during an initial research session: began exploring an archived work by William Grant Still, drafted my first report for a musicology seminar, and have a heading for further work this term! My excitement and curiosity are growing!

"When we say we are moved by music, what is moving in us are the shadows of many previous experiences, perhaps forgotten in detail but unconsciously fused into a new perspective through the imaginative work of what we might call the 'inner ear.'"

Keith Swanwick, Musical Knowledge: Intuition, Analysis, and Music Education, 20.

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"I did not come to America to interpret Beethoven or Wagner for the public. That is not my work, and I would not waste my time on it. I came to discover what young Americans had in them and to help them to express it." Antonin Dvorak

Composing in Act II of my oratorio. About to transition to final score study in preparation for the week: Licolnshire Posy, Manookian's Simple Symphony No. 1, and Bartok/Weiner's 10 Pieces for Children. #composer #conductor

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