Listening List

To be good musicians, we must listen to music.  Below is a list of pieces to get you started.  You can find videos of musicians performing this music on YouTube, and you can also find audio recordings on iTunes or other MP3 services.  If you like what you hear, keep searching for more music from the composer.
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Anderson, Leroy The Typewriter The composer uses a typewriter as a featured percussion instrument for this work for orchestra. 
Copland, Aaron Hoedown from Rodeo You have probably heard this music before in movie soundtracks or commercials. What do you picture when you hear this music? 
Sousa, John Philip The Stars and Stripes Forever This is the official march of the United States. Listen for the piccolo solo towards the end of the piece. 
Swearingen, James Of Pride and Celebration This piece for concert band has vibrant melodies. Can you tell when your instrument is being featured? 
Sweeney, Michael Ancient Voices The composer includes interesting effects like tapping on the stand with pencils, singing, and including recorders to create the mood of pre-historic times. 
Vivaldi, Antonio Mandolin Concerto in C Do you have a relative who plays the mandolin? Listen to this piece from 1725 that features the instrument that is now a favorite in bluegrass. 
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