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What I’ve learned from performing in piano recitals

What I’ve learned from performing in piano recitals

Brian Xu

March 15, 2019


Filed under OPINION

’ve been playing the piano for eight years now — at this point, I’ve been playing for half my life. Every week consists of practicing scales and technique, learning etudes (practice pieces) and polishing pieces for performances. Where does all of this practice take me? Each year, my piano tea...

Who are today’s legends?

Who are today’s legends?

Tabitha Mendez

March 4, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

Which is better, music now or music of the past? This has always been an ongoing argument between my dad and I — especially in the car when we rush to reach for the aux cord, determining who gets to play their music for that ride. As we drive blasting Queen’s “Radio Gaga” from the car speakers, ...

The sound of equality: Empowering songs for MLK Jr. Day

The sound of equality: Empowering songs for MLK Jr. Day

Emily Xia

January 13, 2019


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Music

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice pierced through the air at the Lincoln Memorial, reaching over 200,000 audience members in his renowned speech, “I Have a Dream.” Born into a small family in Atlanta, Ga. in 1929, King was extremely religious from a very young age. He regul...

Tri-M Honor Society: The triumphs and the drawbacks

Tri-M Honor Society: The triumphs and the drawbacks

Annie Zhang

December 15, 2018


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

2018 wrapped, a year of up and downs for Tri-M Honor Society

Dear Music,

Dear Music,

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

November 21, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

ear Music, I distinctly remember sitting on a piano bench for the very first time, my shoes barely reaching the ground. My teacher patiently taught me what numbers to name each of my fingers and how to poise them over the keys just right. I was almost scared to start pressing the keys, scared that...

Kickin’ It With Kid Kuza

Kickin’ It With Kid Kuza

Annie Zhang

November 21, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

t's been a while — a few hours in actuality — and the ear-splitting raps have not ceased. A multitude of people crowd around a booming speaker in Union Square Park, N.Y., otherwise known as the notorious “cypher” rap circles that gather weekly. The crowd thunders and the park re...

Playing the Erhu

Playing the Erhu

Jai Uparkar and Tyler Cho

October 24, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

he erhu, a two-stringed musical instrument which is more commonly known as the Chinese violin, was created during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 C.E.). Considered one of the most popular Chinese musical instrument, the erhu is played with a bamboo and horsehair bow, a small sound box with a long upright neck...

An arachnid, an amusement park or a car

An arachnid, an amusement park or a car

Aditya Dash

August 29, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Main slider

Browsing through Spotify’s Top 50 list is a common habit for many hip-hop fans who love innovative and creative artists. The list features rising artists such as Juice WRLD while also including familiar faces such as DJ Khaled. The summer of 2018 was defined by three of the most popular artists in ...

Play On: Tri-M Music Honors Society at the Cherry Blossom Festival

Play On: Tri-M Music Honors Society at the Cherry Blossom Festival

May 24, 2018


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

Swarms of children ran across the playground, filling the atmosphere with their contagious laughter. Groups of families sat on the benches, peacefully relishing in their surroundings. Music cut through the air, spreading cheer and joy amongst the aud ience. Evidently, the Cherry Blossom Festival ...