Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Piano Duets

In this video podcast, I talk with Kimberly Dreisbach about some of the benefits of piano teachers and students playing duets. I also play some duets with Kimberly and my student, Shawn Chambers, from a new series called "In Recital: Duets" edited by Helen Marlais. The duets include: "Serenade" by Franz Schubert and arranged by Edwin McLean, "Simple Gifts" - a Shaker melody arranged by Kevin Olson, and "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin and arranged by Kevin Olson.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Home Concert Xtreme Demo

In this video podcast, I demonstrate "Home Concert Xtreme", one of my favorite software programs. It is a learning, practice, and performance environment for pianists. It creates a "smart" accompaniment for any general MIDI file loaded into the program. You can download a free demo of the program at:

I created this podcast episode to demonstrate the program not just because I love the program, but also because of some fun discussions with friends on the forums at on using a computer to display sheet music in place of paper.