Getting a New BTS Card

Recently I purchased a BTS CD online and after waiting a couple of weeks, it finally arrived from Korea. Each CD came with a random photocard of one of the BTS members, and I was hoping to get my favorite member. When I opened the CD case, I was a little disappointed because I wanted V, but I got another member instead. The website I ordered it from didn’t allow returns on opened products, so I couldn’t just exchange it for another one. Even if I did, there was no guarantee the new CD I got would come with the photcard I wanted.

I looked at an auction site to see if any other people were selling photocards for V. (more…)

Music Studios Policies vs. Indiscipline Students

Studio policies will make music studios run well. For example, the policy state that if students didn’t pay tuition fee at first lesson of the month, they must pay late fee. Then students will generally pay on time. Another policy, if students miss lesson without any notification, lesson can’t be made up. Then students will generally notify teachers if they can’t take lesson.

Unfortunately, it’s not always work well. The following examples show studio policies didn’t work for certain families. They decided to quit or didn’t mind to be penalized than followed the policies.
• Parents decided to quit than pay late fee although they have signed the agreement of studio policy.
• Parents didn’t mind to pay late fee so each month, their children still late in tuition payment.
• Parents asked their child to miss lessons without notifying teacher because they would go shopping and didn’t mind lessons couldn’t be made up.
• Student missed lessons without notifying teacher because traveled with friends and didn’t mind lessons couldn’t be made up.

As students/parents, we should care to our music teachers as we did to our best friends/families. The solution is only love and take care our teachers then we will appreciate and respect them automatically. Just do it from our heart!

Broadway in Seattle

Whether you live in Seattle or are just visiting, you definitely ought to consider experiencing some theater. Seattle, Washington has a thriving Broadway scene and offers plays and musicals for just about everyone. Seattle is located between Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and Lake Washington and is home to two of the best coffee companies in the United States – Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee. Under that mild, cloudy climate has grown a magnificent community of performing artists that is extremely popular, and is a famous stop for national Broadway plays and musicals. Seattle has around twenty live theater venues, a number of them being associated with fringe theatre, but many that host national Broadway tours.

The magnificent 5th Avenue Theater has been around since the roaring 20s, captivating their audiences with vaudeville shows featuring top performers. It went from vaudeville to showingmovies until it started to decline in the late 1970s. Fortunately, the theater recovered and following a $2.6 million renovation, re-opened in 1980. Today it hosts top quality musical revivals, Broadway shows and touring Broadway musicals. It also puts forward a number of education and outreach programs.

The 5th Avenue Theater currently hosts approximately 150 musical performances on stage each year. The 2007-2008 schedules include a wonderful listing of top shows including: the hugely popular musical Jersey Boys, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Whistle Down The Wind and The Four Seasons.

Operated by the Seattle Theatre Group, a not-for-profit performing arts organization, the Paramount & Moore Theatres present vibrant programming and maintains an extensive Education and Community program.

The Paramount & Moore Theatres is currently hosting Young Frankenstein, the inspired remake of the Mary Shelley classic created by funnyman Mel Brooks, It follows the journey of Frederick Frankenstein, who in present day is an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor. He inherits the dreaded Frankenstein castle and laboratory and faces a life changing dilemma”. Does he remain a respected professor in New York or does he stay in Transylvania and carry on his grandfather, Victor Frankenstein’s insane experiments? This story is told as comedy and as a result presents a brilliant and entertaining show that has remained a classic since its inception. It features music and lyrics by the three-time Tony Award winner Mel Brooks and is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. Even if you didn’t care for the original Frankenstein, if you’ve never seen the Mel Brooks version, you won’t want to miss it. It is funny, bright and well worth it. You will have a wonderful evening of song and wit.

Taproot Theatre celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2006. Its mission statement has remained simple: it exists to create theater that explores the beauty and questions of life while providing hope to our search for meaning.

With that said, Taproot presents a number of wonderful shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Importance of Being Earnest, an Oscar Wilde classic, and the Farndale classic retelling of A Christmas Carol. When the Farndale Dramatic Society gets into it, anything can happen; missing actors, Santa Claus dropping in and audience participation that makes any performance memorable and fun.

The 2007-2008 seasons begins in October with the Bernard Herman Symphony, an outreach concert for the family featuring Mozart, Rachmaninoff, with a Piano Concerto No. 2 in C with Denice Grant, as well as the music of Hermann. It will be held at the Meany Theatre on October 21st. Bernard Herman is famous for composing musical scores for movies such as Taxi Driver and Cape Fear.

Another must-see live performance is the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker Ballet. There is an Evening of Opera featuring singers from the prestigious Seattle’s Opera Young Artists singing arias from Mozart, and later in the season, Vivaldi, and Schurmann’s Six Studies of Francis Bacon and more. If you love fine music, this is a must stop on your tour of Seattle.

Another hilarious musical showing in Seattle is Spamalot. Directed by none other than Mike Nichols, Monty Python’s Spamalot features a new score with lyrics and music by Idle and composed by Jon Du Prez who also composed “A fish Called Wanda”. If you’re a Monty Python fan and enjoyed their Holy Grail movie, then you are absolutely going to love the mirthful stage version. Following the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, this comic classic once again “raises silliness to an art form”, recreating their no-holds-barred movie on stage in what’s guaranteed to be a smash hit.

If you are going to Seattle or live there, you are privy to a thriving and vibrant theater scene that offers everything from ballet, symphony and opera to serious theatre and uproarious musical. Whether you are tourist or resident, you owe it to yourself to take a gander at the performing arts offerings. Seattle is often regarded as the birthplace of grunge music, and has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption and constant rain. It is becoming known for its theater, arts and performances.

The Absolute Worst Way To Download Music On The Internet

You get into the online music world. You’ve had this song playing in the back of your mind all day and now you’ve decided that you want to download it. You search for it specifically and find that there’s a site that is offering you exactly the song you want for free.

All you had to do is give them your email. You download it. The next thing you know you have a pop up coming out every time you open your browser window.

You failed to notice all the signs that told you this was going to happen. The banners, the smiley ads, the popups, you just thought you could download it in a clean file.

This happens every day. This is what happens to many people that are looking to download music online. They fall prey to the illegal sources taking advantage of millions of people downloading music out there.

Fortunately people are smartening up and starting to notice that illegal downloads from dubious sites are something to stay away from from the beggining. They are starting to notice and become aware that these downloads sometimes can cost you many times the price of a of a single music file download and can be hazardous to your computer.

There are new alternatives to download music that are proven to be cost effective and can become a “one for all” kind of resource that you can turn to. Places where you can just search for that tune you want (the one that’s been on your head all day), point on it and download it without having to worry about getting a trojan virus just for doing so.

I highly recommend for the sake of your computer, your peace of mind and to avoid downloading bogus files, for you to be sure you download all your songs from a legal source that you can trust. There’s nothing better than having the confidence that when you open up an Mp3 file you just downloaded and knowing it’s going to play exactly what you had in mind.

When you do it like this, when you do it the smart way, it all becomes much simpler, more effective and a ride that you’ll want to repeat over and over again. That’s all there is to downloading music when you’re doing it right. Next thing you know you’re cranking your mp3’s on your computer you’re playing them as loud as you can.

Making Your Own Music: Songwriting Basics

Whether you are a teenager or are well into your golden years, it is never too late to explore your creative side, especially if you are interested in music. Songwriting is an excellent way to express your thoughts and feelings and to communicate them to your friends and family, even if you have no aspirations of musical fame or fortune. If you are interested in selling or performing your songs, however, you should be aware that it is a hard road and that very few songwriters achieve great fame or fortune, and especially not instantly. Nonetheless, if you have realistic expectations, you will find that writing music is a worthwhile experience whether it is a hobby or a profession.

People write songs in many different ways. Some writers compose the music first, while others first write the words. For some, the words and the melody come to them at the same time, while others write the melodies first and write the words last. No matter what order you are comfortable with, you will eventually have to decide what the song is about. There are a variety of different types of songs ranging from songs that tell fictional stories to songs that communicate deep personal feelings.

If you decide to write a story song, a good first exercise is to write about a news story or about something you’ve read in the newspaper. That way you can use your first song to hone your word choosing skills without the pressure of coming up with your own story. However, if you already have an idea for a story to tell, you can write it out in poem form and try to make appropriate rhymes and structures that help communicate what happens in the song.

Because music is so expressive, many songwriters use their compositions to express how they feel, whether it be about a person or a situation or even geographic location. Writing these types of songs can be highly personal, so every person does it differently. When you have a strong feeling about something, write it down in a notebook and come back to it later. You might think of a good line that expresses an emotion really well, and if you remember it you might be able to build an entire song around it. Having quiet time to think is always helpful when you are trying to write a song.

Writing the actual music for a song can be done in many different ways depending on your musical prowess and your focus. If you write mostly to communicate words, then a few well-chosen guitar chords might be all of the accompaniment you need. However, if you a instrumental virtuoso, your approach to writing music will be quite different. Many people think of a musical idea and play it over and over again until they think of a melody. Often times, songwriters will construct whole pieces, melody and all, without even knowing what the song is going to be about. Once the melody is complete, the writer will sit down and think about lyrics that fit the feeling behind the music and will go from there.

Once you have put together your words and music, you might feel the need to perform your new song. It is always a good idea to play for friends and family first before trying to play to a crowd. When you feel comfortable enough playing your song, you should consider visiting an open mic night at a local coffeehouse or bar. At open mic nights, songwriters can play one or more of their songs to an appreciative and attentive audience. Performers can discuss their craft with other writers, making it a fun way to learn more about the writing process.