Show #46, John Lettieri, Wondering
No music to share this week. Just a bit of thinking, reflection and wondering.
December 05, 2021
John Lettieri, Show #45, On-line learning, TED Talk
We are certainly connected to an incredible amount of information. Of course, this can mean both positive and negative outcome results. One example I describe in this broadcast is TED Talk, which I am suggesting as a valuable learning resource available on-line, a collection of video presentations (variety of topics), and free to watch. Following this, I present an Accordion Solo, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Could it be?
November 28, 2021
John Lettieri, Broadcast #44, Our Brain
Our Brain needs time to decode and strengthen new connections. In other words, be gentle to your brain and body, by providing breaks and adequate rest. Then, I present a piece of music, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, using the Roland V-Accordion, entitled: Cleaning.
November 21, 2021
John Lettieri, Show #43, The Importance of Review
Review is well worth the investment of time because it offers numerous benefits and encourages new learning possibilities. After, I present an accordion piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, using the Roland V-Accordion, entitled: Invention in a baroque style.
November 14, 2021
John Lettieri, Show #42, The study of Music Theory
Does the study of music theory help one to improve and develop their music-performing? Following my thoughts about this theme, I present an accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week entitled: Remarkable Discovery.
November 07, 2021
John Lettieri, Show #41, Responding to Music (Sounds)
We respond to silence as well - right? How do you measure your response to music? to noise? or to the morning alarm clock, wake-up signal? After this, I present a new accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me, entitled: Arizona Cactus Saguaro.
October 31, 2021
John Lettieri, Show #40, Community Organizations, including the Church
We learn from different sources. We are inspired by the community. Getting involved with community organizations can be very beneficial in so many ways, including our health, musicianship, and more. Following this, a new accordion selection, composed, performed and recorded by me, this week, entitled: Take a break, often.
October 23, 2021
John Lettieri, Show #39, Jazz Musicians, Improvisation and more
I enjoy Improvisation because it is challenging and inspiring to create in the moment, which gives the music performance of a particular selection an added charm, sophistication and enjoyment; not only for the performer, but also for the listener. Following this, I present a new accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Scherzo No. 1
October 16, 2021
John Lettieri, Show #38, Learning a new piece of music
What steps do you complete when learning a new selection of music? This broadcast will describe and share a few details about learning a new piece of music, from my perspective. Following this, I present a new accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week entitled: A Connected Bridge.
October 10, 2021
John Lettieri, Podcast Show #37, Personal Practice Record
A Personal Practice Record can be a very useful resource to follow and to keep track of your practicing. It helps to plan and to organize your practicing sessions. Following this, I present an accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded this week, entitled: Decisions.
October 02, 2021
John Lettieri, Show #36, Motivation
Where do you find motivation that inspires you to work, study, or practice music? This week, the drum loops included on a drum machine inspired me to compose a new piece of music, using the Roland V-Accordion. There are so many sources of motivation that will help to guide your changing interests to learn and move forward with a sense of accomplishment and success. Then, I present a new piece of music, entitled: Samples of Shifting Moods.
September 25, 2021
John Lettieri Podcast Show #35, Keeping Current
It's challenging to update and keep current. In addition, how do you interpret and navigate all the information that comes your way, daily? Following this I present a new Accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Transition to Autumn.
September 18, 2021
Show #34, Influences
R. Murray Schafer has been and continues to influence me and my work in music education and music performing. This brief sharing about this Canadian Treasure is followed by a new piece of music, using the Roland V-Accordion, composed, performed and recorded this week, entitled: Wandering Purpose.
September 11, 2021
John Lettieri, Podcast Show #33, physical activity
I notice that my playing is better when I am a bit more physically fit - I walk, exercise, and in particular, do a bit more weightlifting. There is so much involved with making music: the concentration, the artistry, and physical activity is also an important feature and requires attention. Following my talk, please listen to an accordion solo piece I composed, performed and recorded for this broadcast this week, entitled: Ready To Dance.
September 05, 2021
John Lettieri, Podcast Show #32, Traditions
This broadcast describes a bit about traditions in life and music. Some traditions do continue to serve us well and inspire us to gather together to celebrate many meaningful activities in life. As we continue to search for new meaning and answers to questions that we all have, sometimes, the answer may be located in the past! Following this, I present an accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Lightly Optimistic
August 29, 2021
John Lettieri Show #31, Education
I think the purpose of all education is to guide learners to keep an open-mind. This show shares some of my ideas about education. Following my presentation, I include an accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Searching.
August 21, 2021
John Lettieri, Podcast Show #30, Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things
How can you measure extraordinary accomplishments? How do we stretch our imagination to make new discoveries? Indeed, this sounds very challenging - and it is! I invite to listen to this broadcast. Then, I present a new accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Happy Dance Polka.
August 15, 2021
John Lettieri Music Show #29, The Sophistication of Music-Making
In my view and interpretation, there is an intense energy generated in live-music performance experiences and the same can be said about in-person education, that cannot be matched by remote virtual connections. This program will also present an accordion solo work, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Sunlight to Moonlight Dance.
August 08, 2021
John Lettieri, Podcast Show #28, OMEA
This Broadcast Show shares information about the Ontario Music Educators' Association (OMEA), and how this organization serves Music Educators in Ontario, as well as how it has, and continues to, influence me in my work. Then, listen to an accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Anticipation.
August 01, 2021
John Lettieri Music Podcast Show #27, Teaching Music On-Line
What areas of music instruction could be successfully delivered remotely and on-line that would inspire students to develop music skills and a deeper understanding of music? This week, I share some ideas and provide a few details about this educational journey, on-line. This is followed by a new accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me, entitled: Gentle Breeze
July 25, 2021
Show #26, John Lettieri Music, Chords (Harmony)
This broadcast show shares ideas about chords and harmony, encouraging all musicians to study and practice solid chords, and broken chords, all the inversions (different potential voicings), and in all keys. In addition, inviting all musicians to learn to read chord symbols, and explore / discover how extensions and added tensions will enhance the colour of a chord (harmony). Then, you will hear my newly composed Jazzy-sounding piece of music, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Let's be charming. I play the Roland V-Accordion and include a drum-sounding rhythmic background available from the Roland Drum Machine.
July 18, 2021
John Lettieri Music Podcast Show #25, Composing
This particular show shares my approach to composing music. Then, you will hear a new piece of accordion music, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, dedicated to my Grandson, who arrived four weeks ago, entitled: Leonardo.
July 11, 2021
John Lettieri, Podcast #24, Artists Imagination, Communication and Moving Forward
This show #24 offers some thoughts about artists, particularly musicians, who communicate and share feelings about life's journey. A new piece of music, composed, performed and recorded this week, will follow, entitled: Keep Moving. I use the Roland Digital V-Accordion in this recorded performance.
July 04, 2021
John Lettieri, Show #23, Moving Forward
We need artists, scientists, thinkers, athletes, and other innovators to offer new ideas to explore and discover, so that we can continue to move forward. This show does add-on to the previous show #22, the importance of developing a music library. After I speak, I offer a new solo piece of Accordion music, created, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Moving Forward.
June 27, 2021
John Lettieri Music Podcast Show #22
A Printed Music Library of your own is a valuable resource for a musician to reference. A good Collection of Repertoire, and technical method books, is needed to sight-read, study and research. This treasure of printed music will help to guide a musician to develop and grow as a performing artist. Then, listen to a new piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, entitled: Simple Tango.
June 21, 2021
John Lettieri Show #21, Shaping Sound
This Broadcast is about the importance artists dedicate to producing a well-shaped, full & rich sound. The new Accordion Solo piece, I composed, performing the Roland Digital 7X V-Accordion, recorded this week, entitled: Reflection.
June 12, 2021
John Lettieri, Show #20, Expressed feelings about the Pandemic
This Show shares feelings about the Pandemic and how music can be a powerful way to help us to better cope with this new challenge; and how music can also help us to heal together. The piece of music composed, performed by me and recorded this week is entitled: Pandemic Shock.
June 06, 2021
John Lettieri Music, Show #19, Roland V-Accordion
This broadcast shares my experiences with electronic accordions, including the Iorio Electronic Accordion, and the Roland Digital V-Accordion, model 7X. In addition, I include some opinion about new technology. This week's show includes my new composition, performed and recorded by me using the Roland V-Accordion, 7X model, entitled: Relaxing Summer Vibe.
May 30, 2021
John Lettieri Music Podcast Show #18, Noodling
This Broadcast Show presents ideas about "Noodling", and how this mysterious, creative exploration or experimentation can help to have an amazing impact on your playing and learning. This segment is followed by the playing of a new Accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me, entitled: The Chase.
May 23, 2021
John Lettieri Music Podcast, Show No. 17 - Balance
This broadcast offers ideas about the theme of "balance"; not only in Accordion-playing, but also an increased awareness of achieving "balance" in life, from my perspective. A new piece of Accordion Solo Music follows, entitled: Hot Climate Journey.
May 16, 2021
John Lettieri Music Podcast, Show No. 16, "Listening"
This broadcast is about "listening"; not only to music, but also the listening to sounds we all experience, throughout our day. In addition, as always, I include an accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me this week, in the Dixieland Style, entitled: Bus Station.
May 09, 2021
Podcast Show No. 15, John Lettieri, READING
Today's topic is: READING (not only music, but reading the written word!) I am convinced that a musician is encouraged to read new music daily, which is an important part of the practice routine. READING will help to improve the development of many related skills and understanding in Music. READING the written word daily will increase your knowledge and enjoyment of our precious world; and add so much inspiring value to our life-journey. A new Accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me will follow: ALEGRIA is a wonderful piece created in the Brazilian Choro style. Thank you for your continued support. I hope you are enjoying the broadcasts I post weekly.
May 02, 2021
Show No. 14, Benefits to Researching the Instrument you play
This show talks about the importance of research and how this knowledge, and deeper understanding can influence your performance; quite possibly reaching a higher more sophisticated level of artistry, while making new discoveries and adding to the enjoyment of music-making. Then, I present a new piece of music, composed, performed and recorded this week, inspired by the sounds of Middle Eastern Music, entitled: Mysterious, Magical Dance.
April 25, 2021
Music Festivals, Part Two, John Lettieri Podcast Show #13
This Broadcast continues to share personal experiences and information about the music festival, part 2. A new Accordion Solo piece is presented after the speaking portion of this Show, entitled: Simple Dance.
April 18, 2021
John Lettieri Podcast #12, Part 1, The Music Festival
Thank you for listening. In this Part One Episode, I talk about the music festivals I experienced as a young music student in the 1970's to the early 1980's. For me, the music festival provided a challenge and motivation. Following this first part of this particular festival theme, I present a new piece of music, composed, performed and recorded this week, entitled: Sonata in G, based on the Classical approach to writing music.
April 11, 2021
John Lettieri Music, Podcast #11, Learning Music By Ear, Part 2
Good evening, I hope you are well. This broadcast includes a bit about my past, in addition to talking about learning music by ear. At the end, I present a new composition, performed and recorded by me, entitled: Medieval Castle.
April 04, 2021
John Lettieri Music, Podcast #10, Learning Music By Ear, Part 1
Thank you for listening to my podcast. Please, if you have any feedback to share, send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org This show talks a bit about my personal journey with music learning, and shares ideas about learning / performing music by ear. In addition, I present a new composition, performed and recorded by me, titled: Slightly Beyond. Thank you.
March 28, 2021
Practicing, Visualization Strategy, past-performance-reflection
This Broadcast Show No. 9 is about reviewing past music performances; and designing a mental visualization (picture) to evaluate all the features about each performance, so that you can modify and adjust your practice routine to help improve and develop your skills and understanding.
March 21, 2021
John Lettieri Music, Podcast #8, Practicing Continued
This Show presents the theme: Visualization, and a bit about how I use this technique to help in practicing & performing Music. Then, I present a new Accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, titled: A Tear of Joy. Thank you.
March 14, 2021
Practicing, Part 4, John Lettieri Music Show, Program #7
This broadcast continues to share additional ideas about practicing music, and is applicable to all musicians who want to learn more about music. Then, before closing the show, I present another new accordion solo piece, composed, performed and recorded by me, entitled: Epic Movie Fantasy. Please join me next week, with more to share about practicing! Thank you for your continued support.
March 07, 2021
Practicing, Part 3, John Lettieri Podcast Show #6
This show is part 3: Practicing, a continuation. This Broadcast is Podcast Show #6. It talks about the connection between listening and performing. In addition, it offers a new accordion solo composition: Dramatic Dance, written, performed and recorded by me.
February 28, 2021
Practicing, Part 2, John Lettieri Music Podcast Show #5
This is a continuation show: Practicing, part 2, and offers ideas and information that builds upon podcast show number 4, posted last week. For this week, this broadcast uses the same format, that is: following the sharing of spoken ideas, I present a new accordion solo composition, written, performed and recorded by me, during the week. I plan to continue to post another show next week, under this same theme of Practicing.
February 21, 2021
Show Number 4, John Lettieri Podcast - Practicing, Part 1
Thank you for joining me with this 4th Broadcast Show - I hope you are well. The theme for this show is Practicing, Part 1. Similar to previous shows, I composed a March style accordion solo piece, which I perform and record, presented after I share some thoughts about this very important feature which certainly has a significant impact throughout our journey with Music. I hope you enjoy the program.
February 14, 2021
Theme is Sight-reading, No. 3 John Lettieri Podcast Show
This show talks about Sight-reading music, and includes a new accordion composition performed by me, presented at the end of the show. From my perspective, the Skill of Sight-reading is important for a variety of reasons, and I encourage you to listen to the broadcast. Thank you.
February 07, 2021
Second John Lettieri Music Broadcast - Composing
This Show Presentation features a new accordion composition and talks about Composing Music. In addition, it offers a brief review of the first podcast show and includes an invitation for listeners to consider: arranging for me to perform a virtual accordion concert for you! I hope that you enjoy the show!
January 31, 2021
First John Lettieri Podcast Show
This first Podcast Show serves as an introduction, describing and sharing my planning for future broadcasts to be posted on a weekly basis. In this first show, I composed a new piece (today!) and present this short accordion selection, which I performed and recorded. In addition, I talk about a few topics and themes I expect to explore in the coming weeks, all under the main heading of Music, including: The Accordion Instrument, Music Education, Creativity, Accordion Lessons, and more. Moreover, I offer contact information and mention that you can view many other performance videos available on YouTube and Instagram. Also, available on Youtube are video presentations I uploaded in the area of Music Education. I am very excited about this opportunity to share my passion for, and of, Music.
January 25, 2021