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Research Papers and Documentation

Musical Transcription and Bookbinding Based on 16th Century Music Book
This is the documentation for a project I entered for the Atlantia Tempore competition in AS LV.  I transcribed ten pieces of instrument specific 16th century French lute tablature into modern musical notation. All ten modern versions were then converted into commonly used 16th century music notation without compromising the original sound, arrangement, or style. In addition, the final 16th century musical transcriptions are printed, arranged and bound into a book crafted using materials and processes appropriate to the original artifact. 

What is Music Transcription and Why Does It Matter?
This is an introductory research paper covering the basics of what music transcription is, and why it is relevant in terms of unlocking medieval music and making it readable by the modern musician.

This paper looks at both the application of software, specifically Musescore, Lilypond, and Frescobaldi, to the transcription of medieval music.  Also we’ll take a look at how to take a modern musical composition and render it visually, or engrave it, as though it was written in the medieval period.

The Italian painter Caravaggio’s famous painting The Lute Player shows madrigal music in the painting.  This research paper discusses the paintings and shows how I transcribed it into modern musical notation.  The project discussed in this paper was presented at the Atlantian Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival in March, 2020.
English Dry Cider
Here you will find the documentation for the English Dry Cider that I entered for the Royal Brewer competition at the Atlantian Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival in March, 2020.
Bochet
Here you will find the documentation for the Bochet that I entered for the Royal Brewer competition at the Atlantian Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival in March, 2020.

Dots and Lines and Stuff:  Learn to Read Music in an Hour

Have you ever wanted to read music?  This class will take you through the basics of reading music in an hour.

While there is no way to cover everything about reading music in an hour, my goal is for you to leave with enough of an understanding that you can continue your education. By the end of the class, you will be able to name the notes, and clap/hum a simple tune from its music.

This class has been taught at Atlantian University and Pennsic.

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Learn to Read Music: Beyond the Basics

This class is the sequel to Dots and Lines and Stuff: Learn to Read Music in an Hour.

In this class,  you will learn about bass clef, sharps, flats, key signatures, and compound time.

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Take Note: A History of Western Musical Notation

Music is this ephemeral thing that vanishes upon performance.  In order to preserve it, we need a language and a way to write it down.

In this class, we will walk through a history of musical notation with stops in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and then through Western Europe up to the late 1600s.

This class has been taught at Atlantian University and Pennsic.

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The History of the Guitar

Where did the guitar come from and how did it evolve?  This class will walk through the history of the guitar from the beginning. 

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