There are multitudes of people in the world who enjoy music every day. They listen to music on anything that allows streaming. They listen to music while studying, working out, commuting to work, or any other task that can get mundane and repetitive. Why then is the ability to “understand”…


We’ve all been there. Sitting in a movie theatre (or more recently on our couch at home) watching the trailers for an upcoming action blockbuster that claims to be the next “best movie of the year”. As we watch the trailer, our hearts start pumping. Our excitement grows. Suddenly, it…


The world of Pokémon has captivated people of all ages ever since its debut as Pocket Monsters: Red and Green in Japan for Game Boy in 1996. Now better known by its shortened title Pokémon, it has grown into a $92 billion industry that has lasted 25 years and spawned…


Military Style Field Drum

During the last year of my undergraduate college experience, I began to work heavily on rudimental snare drumming. This was always an area that I was lacking in within the world of percussion and while I had plenty of marching and drumline experience, snare drum had always evaded me. In…


If you’re anything like me, you probably spend more time than you should scrolling through the oh so addicting app Tik Tok (the average user spends about 50 minutes a day on the app). Despite what your interests are, Tik Tok’s algorithm does a magnificent job learning which videos you…


I have been a cellist in a worship band for over 4 years now. Since starting out I have taken on various musical roles. My situation is unique from the “traditional” church going cellist because my church does not have an orchestra. I am the lone orchestral string player in…


One of the hardest things to do in a story is start in the middle. And yet, it’s something movies and tv shows do all the time. The first thing you see is a character that has already lived life to some degree, and they’re living it in a world…


For the longest time I viewed the musical world through two separate lenses. The first of which was the educational lens in which I participated in band, choir, and orchestra. In this musical ecosystem I grew my knowledge of classical music training techniques and repertoire. The second viewpoint I had…


When I was in elementary school, I started playing the cello. This endeavor began 13 years ago and has been a part of my musical journey for over half my life. I struggled through the first 6 years the same way any public-school kid without a private teacher would have…


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People are always quick to gush over the newest film score because of its “epic proportions” or its “new and unique sound”. It’s true that many of today’s film composers are masters at creating character themes, epic battle soundtracks, or quiet reflective moments through their music. …

Austin Testerman

Professional music instructor focused on analyzing musical concepts and trends in popular music.

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