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January 2014  


ABC Radio presenter, Lynne Malcolm, "All In The Mind",
presents a very interesting (audio) programme on:

The Music In Your Brain


Lynne Malcolm

March 2013  


Australian singer/songwriter, Mike McClellan
continues his report on the questions posed in his last article below.

The future of the CMAA and country music? - continued


Mike McClellan

January 2013  


Australian singer/songwriter, Mike McClellan
answers the question:

What does the future hold for the CMAA and country music?


Mike McClellan

December 2012  


Singer/Song-Writer Tony King asks the question:

What is the best Instrument of torture?

 

Tony King

November 2012  


Singer/Song-Writer Tommy Pickett asks the question:

What do you want in a song?

 
Tommy Pickett
Tommy Pickett

October 2012  


Eminent Australian composer/pianist, Bill Risby,
ponders the intrinsic worth of music answering the question:

What Does It Matter?

Bill Risby
Bill Risby

September 2012  


Singer/Song-Writer Tommy Pickett asks the question:

What if....?

 
Tommy Pickett
Tommy Pickett

May 2012  



 


Professor Roger Rees asks the question:
Does music really have magical healing properties?

 
Professor Roger Rees
Prof. Roger Rees

April 2012  



Australian musician/composer/teacher, Greg Foster
answers the following question...

Is a Beethoven symphony better music than a three-chord folk song?

 
Greg Foster
Greg Foster

March 2012  


 


Composer/Cellist/Teacher, Lynne Latham
answers the following question... asks the question:

How do you deal with stage fright?

 
Lynne Latham
Lynne Latham

February 2012  


 


Bassist/Composer/Educator, Helen Russell asks the question:

The idea of singing; Communication or Elucidation?

 
Helen Russell
Helen Russell

January 2012  


Pre-eminent Australian conductor, music educator and Music Director of Victorian Opera and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony's Education Program,  Richard Gill asks the question:

Why is the importance of music not recognised in the Australian Education Curriculum?


 

Richard Gill

December 2011  



Australian singer/musician/composer, Tony King
answers the question:

Is the bagpipe a musical instrument?


Tony King

November 2011  

Degree Leader for Music Industries
at UCE Birmingham, UK.
Senior lecturer and researcher
Anrew Dubber
responds to the question:

How can I sell my music online?


Andrew Dubber

October 2011  

 


Australian singer/musician/composer, Tony King
answers the question:

Who plays the Jaw Harp?


Tony King

September 2011  

Degree Leader for Music Industries
at UCE Birmingham, UK.
Senior lecturer and researcher
Anrew Dubber
responds to the question:

Does a musician really have to blog?


Andrew Dubber

August 2011  

Science journalist and presenter of All In The Mind,
ABC Radio National every Saturday,
Natasha Mitchell
asks:

What's going on in the minds of musical improvisers?

Natasha Mitchell
Natasha Mitchell

July 2011  

Degree Leader for Music Industries
at UCE Birmingham, UK.
Senior lecturer and researcher
Anrew Dubber
responds to the question:

Should I be worried about piracy?


Andrew Dubber

June 2011  



Australian Clarinetist/Composer/Educator, Diana Tolmie
answers the question:

Do you really need a degree to be in the music industry?

Diana Tolmie
Diana Tolmie

May 2011  




Eminent Australian composer/pianist, Bill Risby,
answers the question:

Is a musician's life 'normal'?

Bill Risby
Bill Risby

April 2011  


Pianist/Composer/Educator and Head, Jazz Studies,
Queensland Conservatorium, Louise Denson
answers the question:

Why are there not more women in jazz?

Louise Denson
Louise Denson

March 2011  



Australian drummer/music educator, Gordon Rytmeister
answers the question:

What does the future hold for creative music?

Mike McClellan
Gordon Rytmeister

February 2011  


Australian singer/songwriter, Mike McClellan
answers the question:

Words?, What words?

Mike McClellan
Mike McClellan

January 2011  


Australian singer/musician/composer, Tony King
answers the question:

What is the role of the record producer?


Tony King

December 2010  



Australian trumpet player, Stewart Kirwan
responds to the question:

How are airline companies helping touring musicians? 

Stewart Kirwan
Stewart Kirwan

November 2010  

Eminent Australian composer/pianist, Bill Risby,
responds to the question:

How does experiencing acoustic music compare to amplified music?

Bill Risby
Bill Risby

October 2010  


Australian composer, pianist, teacher, Elissa Milne
responds to the question:

What is Different about Composing Educational Music?


Elissa Milne

September 2010  


Australian jazz musician, Andy Firth
responds to the question:

Does a musician also have to be a business person?


Andy Firth

August 2010  



Australian jazz musician, Glenn Henrich
responds to the question:

Is good improvisation truly original or just recycled clichés?


Glenn Henrich

July 2010  


Australian musician/sound engineer, Steve Newton
responds to the question:

What is the difference between digital and analogue recording?

Steve Newton
Steve Newton

June 2010  



Australian singer/bassist, John Leigh Calder
responds to the question:

What's wrong with the music work scene in Australia?

John Calder
John L Calder

May 2010  

Australian jazz/blues guitarist, Richie Robinson
responds to the question:

What’s Your Job? – a brief look at Ensemble Etiquette

Richie Robinson
Richie Robinson

April 2010  

Renowned Australian musician/composer, Tony King
responds to the question:

What is the correct number of notes to play in Jazz


Tony King

March 2010  

Exceptional Australian jazz musician, Andy Firth
responds to the question:

Is Australia facing a "dark age" of copyright litigation?


Andy Firth

February 2010  


Eminent Australian musician/composer/teacher,  Greg Foster
responds to the question:

Can any musician learn to play jazz?


Greg Foster

January 2010  


Australian guitarist, promoter and band manager,
Darren Bridge,
responds to the question:

Just How Important Is It To Support Live Music?

Darren Bridge
Darren Bridge

December 2009  


Distinguished NZ jazz & blues pianist Wil Sargisson,
responds to the question:

Is a minor key sad or are we taught that it is sad?


Wil Sargisson

November 2009  


 
Renowned Australian singer/guitarist and composer, Tony King
responds to the question:

Is there a place for the Avant Garde in Music?


Tony King

October 2009  



Australian saxophonist/drummer, Willy Qua
responds to the question:

Is There Any Intrinsic Musical Value In Rap?


WillyQua

September 2009  



Prominent Australian jazz pianist Matt Baker
responds to the question:

Can Musicians approach Harmonic Colour like an Artist does his Paints?


Matt Baker

August 2009  




Gold Coast-based jazz bassist/singer
Ian Beddows responds to the question:
What is success for a jazz musician?

Ian Beddows - What is success for a jazz musician?
Ian Beddows

July 2009  



High profile Australian violinist and artistic director of the Canberra International Music Festival, Chris Latham responds to the question:

Does experiencing music involve more senses than just hearing?


Chris Latham

June 2009  


USA Producer, Composer, Drummer, Larry Vann
responds to the question:

How do R&B/funk drummers keep the groove whilst soloing?


Larry Vann

May 2009  

Eminent Australian composer/pianist, Bill Risby,
who began playing piano at the age of three,
responds to the question:

Is musical talent innate or learned?


Bill Risby

April 2009  


Renowned Australian guitarist singer/songwriter, Mike McClellan
responds to the question:

Is “three chords and the truth” enough?


Mike McClellan

March 2009  


Australian master drummer, Gordon Rytmeister
responds to the question:

What makes a good drum solo?


Gordon
Rytmeister

February 2009  


Australian pianist and music educator Chris Wilder
responds to the question:

Why should music be taught in schools?


Chris Wilder

January 2009  


Prominent Australian jazz pianist, music educator Matt McMahon
responds to the question:

What is “jazz” and what is “not jazz”?


Matt McMahon

December 2008  


Renowned Australian bassist and electronics engineer, Gavin Pearce
responds to the question:

Has ‘sound quality’ improved with digital replacing analogue?


Gavin Pearce

November 2008  

Pre-eminent Australian conductor, music educator and current Music Director of Victorian Opera and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony's Education Program,  Richard Gill
responds to two question:

Is Classical Music a more serious art form than Jazz or Pop?

Is music capable of describing reality?


 

Richard Gill

October 2008  

Eminent Australian jazz composer/pianist, Bill Risby
responds to the question:

Has jazz plateaued or is it still evolving?


Bill Risby

September 2008  


Australian 'cellist/professional business researcher, Joy Medley Park
responds to the question:

Can music-making create better business organizations?


Joy Medley Park

August 2008  


Australian jazz violinist, entertainer,  George Washingmachine
responds to the question:

Is having a sense of humour compulsory for jazz musicians?


G. Washing-machine

July 2008  

Australian musician, music and special needs teacher,  Greg Foster
responds to the question:

What is a music savant?


Greg Foster

June 2008  

Exceptional Australian jazz musician, Andy Firth
responds to the question:

Do musicians have to leave Australia to achieve success?


Andy Firth

May 2008  

Legendary Australian songwriter, musician, singer, Billy Field
responds to the question:

Is there a formula for writing a hit song?


Billy Field

April 2008  

Prominent Australian jazz drummer/ big band leader, John Morrison
responds to the question:
What makes it swing?


John Morrison

March 2008  

Award winning Australian musician/writer/composer, Sean Peter
responds to the question:

Why write musicals anymore? Don't they all suck?


Sean Peter

February 2008  

Eminent Australian jazz composer/pianist, Bill Risby
responds to the question:

What is musical improvisation?


Bill Risby

January 2008  

Renowned Australian guitarist singer/songwriter, Mike McClellan
responds to the question:

Why is Country Music so popular?


Mike McClellan

December 2007  

Eminent Australian jazz trumpeter and band leader, Eric Holroyd
responds to the question:

Has Traditional Jazz had its day?


Eric Holroyd

November 2007  

Respected Australian musician and composer, Greg Foster
responds to the question:

Is music essential or just an optional extra?



Greg Foster

October 2007  

Renowned Australian jazz & classical composer/ pianist, Mark Isaacs
responds to the question:

Does perfect pitch really exist? 



Mark Isaacs

September 2007  

Respected Australian music therapist/pianist, Enid Rowe
responds to the question:

What is music therapy?              



Enid Rowe

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