Trio Point Loma- Paul Kenyon

The Point Loma Nazarene University department of music presents Trio Point Loma in a faculty chamber music concert.

This concert of music for violin, cello and piano is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 pm in Crill Performance Hall on the PLNU Campus.

The performance will include works by Haydn, Fauré and Brahms, and will feature violist, Rachel Smyth as a special guest alumni artist. Admission is free. Please call 619.849.2325 for more information or directions.

Philip Tyler, violin; Bill Clemmons, cello; Paul Kenyon, piano

Concert Program:
Haydn Trio in F# minor
Fauré Trio in D minor, op. 120
Brahms Quartet in C minor, op. 60

Trio Point Loma is a resident faculty ensemble dedicated to performing masterworks from the chamber music repertoire. They play concerts both on campus and across southern California and have appeared widely in schools, churches and concert series throughout the region. Each of the trio members of the ensemble is part of the full-time music teaching faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Music Events
upcoming EVENTS
Concert Choir on Tour - March 27, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Chapman College Choral Festival.

Concert Choir on Tour - March 28, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Newhall Church of the Nazarene. Click on the title of this event for church information.

Concert Choir on Tour - March 29 Morning
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene. Click on the title of this event for church information.

Student Recital: Kelsey Bray, soprano and Rose Creasman, mezzo soprano
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Crill Performance Hall at 2:30 pm. Admission is free

Concert Choir on Tour - March 29 Evening
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Ontario First Church of the Nazarene. Click on the title of this event for church information.

Point Loma Singers: The Madrigal Dinner
Friday, April 03, 2009
A feast fit for a king with songs and stories performed by bards and minstrels and travelers maketh a merry olde evening. Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, 7:30pm in The Nicholson Commons main dining room. Tickets: $27 and $21. Call 619-849-2325 for tickets and group prices.

Christine McClurg, violin, in Senior Recital
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009, Crill Performance Hall. This event is free. No ticket required.

Point Loma Singers: Madrigal Dinner
Saturday, April 04, 2009
A feast fit for a king with songs and stories performed by bards and minstrels and travelers maketh a merry olde evening. Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, 7:30pm in The Nicholson Commons main dining room. Tickets: $27 or $21. Call 619-849-2325 for tickets and group prices.

Trio Point Loma
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Paul Kenyon, piano; Phil Tyler, violin and Bill Clemmons, cello present a program of Chamber Music by Haydn, Faure and Brahms, with guest violist, Rachel Smyth . Tuesday, April 7, 7:30pm, Crill Performance Hall. Admission is free.

Penninsula Winds: A Meeting of the Bands
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The PLNU Concert Band joins in concert with bands from the Point Loma penninsula. Tuesday, April 14, 7:00pm, Golden Gymnasium. Admission is free.

PLNU Concert Band, Cuyamaca College Band and Grossmont College Band in Concert
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The PLNU Concert Band joins with the Cuyamaca and Grossmont College bands for a great evening of music. This event takes place at Cuyamaca College and admission is free. Click on the event title for the address of Cuyamaca College.

Choral Spectrum: Concert Choir, Chorale and Extol
Friday, April 17, 2009
This is the final choral concert for the year and well worth the time. Friday, April 17, 7:30pm, Crill Performance Hall. Tickets are $5.00 for each person.

"Swingin'": PLNU Vocal Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
Saturday, April 18, 2009
"Swingin'"" The PLNU Vocal Jazz Ensemble presents its Spring extravaganza, featuring the best of our music for the year as well as solos from our singers and band. Come enjoy an evening of jazz--America's art music. Admission is free.

PLNU Cultural Event: La Catrina String Quartet
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This quartet is considered one of the most promising string quartets today. And it is also satisfying to see a string quartet with such skill and virtuosity. Tuesday, April 21, 7:30pm, Crill Performance Hall. Admission is $12 for students, seniors and military and $15 for adults. PLNU students, faculty and staff may pick up their complimentary tickets in the Music Department office. Click on the name of this event to learn more about La Catrina String Quartet.

Student Recital: Gabriella Sanchez, viola and Brenton Moore, cello
Friday, April 24, 2009
Crill Performance Hall. Admission is free.

Rachelle Simpson, harp in Student Recital
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2:30 pm, Crill Performance Hall.

Student Recital: Elisha Medina, mezzo soprano
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Crill Performance Hall. Admission is free

PLNU Cultural Event: The San Diego Master Chorale and Chamber Choir present "Music of Peace".
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Music Director Gary McKercher presents the choral music of Felix Mendelssohn, Jean Berger and Max Reger and features Franz Joseph Haydn's "Mass in Time of War" for chorus, soloists and orchestra. Tickets: $15 students, seniors and military $25 Adults. Call 619-849-2325 for ticket information.

PLNU Chamber Music Ensembles
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Brass, pianos and strings are just some of the featured instruments in this eclectic collection of student chamber groups. 7:30pm in Crill Performance Hall. Admission is free.

Student Recital: Abby Greathouse, piano
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 pm, Crill Performance Hall. Admission is free.

PLNU Choral Union: Brahms' "A German Requiem"
Sunday, May 03, 2009
This event features the 120-voice Choral Union, made up of PLNU students and community singers, and the PLNU orchestra, presenting the work that solidified Brahms' standing with the masters. A work full of power and peace, this work is one of the most important in the repertoire and was last performed at PLNU in honor of those who perished on 9/11. 3:00pm in Crill Performance Hall. Admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken.

Senior Recital: Jackie Hayes, contralto
Monday, May 04, 2009
Crill Performance Hall. Admission is free

Student Recital: Claire Massey, piano and Steven Vail, tenor
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Crill Performance Hall. Admission is free.

Student Recital: Alex Moore, tenor
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Crill Performance Hall Admission is free

The PLNU Orchestra: Concerto Concert
Friday, May 08, 2009
The spring orchestra concert will feature student soloists performin concertos with the PLNU orchestra. Admission is free.

Jazz at the Point: PLNU Jazz Band and Guests
Saturday, May 09, 2009
This concert features the PLNU Jazz band along with guest performances by PLNU students and friends. Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm, Crill Performance Hall. Admission is $12 for Students, faculty, staff, seniors and military and $15 for adults.

Faculty Recital: Craig Johnson, baritone
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Music faculty member Craig Johnso will perform in recital aided by students from his vocal studio. Crill Performance Hall. Admission is free.

The PLNU Spring Music Festival
Friday, May 15, 2009
The concert features performances by all of its musical ensembles and also pays homage to the graduating seniors in these groups. Friday, May 15, 7:30pm, Crill Performance Hall. Admission is free.


Many of my students play Coldplay's songs. You can see some of their clips on YouTube.

Who is Coldplay, you ask? I found this cool article online and wanted to share it with you. You will get a glimpse of their stardom! :D

Coldplay are a British alternative rock band formed in London, England in 1998. The group comprises vocalist/pianist/guitarist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Will Champion. Coldplay have sold 40 million albums,[1] and are also known for their hit singles, such as "Yellow", "The Scientist", "Clocks", "Speed of Sound", "Fix You" and "Viva la Vida".

Coldplay achieved worldwide fame with the release of their single "Yellow", followed by their debut album, Parachutes (2000), which was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Its follow-up, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), won multiple awards such as NME's Album of the Year. Their next release, X&Y (2005), received a slightly less enthusiastic yet still generally positive reception. The band's fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), was produced by Brian Eno and released again to largely favourable reviews, earning several Grammy nominations.[2] All of Coldplay's albums have enjoyed commercial success.[3][4]

Coldplay's early material was compared to acts such as Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, U2, and Travis.[5] Since the release of Parachutes, Coldplay have drawn influence from other sources, including Echo and the Bunnymen,[6] Kate Bush and George Harrison[7] on A Rush of Blood to the Head, Johnny Cash and Kraftwerk for X&Y and Blur,[8] Arcade Fire and My Bloody Valentine on Viva la Vida.[9] Coldplay have been an active supporter of various social and political causes, such as Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign and Amnesty International. The group have also performed at various charity projects such as Band Aid 20, Live 8, and the Teenage Cancer Trust.[10]

The members of the band met at the University College London (UCL) in September 1996. Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland were the first members of the band, having met one another during their orientation week. They spent the rest of the college year planning a band, with their efforts culminating in a group called Pectoralz.[11] Later, Guy Berryman, a classmate of the two, joined. By 1997, the group, who had renamed themselves to Starfish, performed gigs for local Camden promoters at small clubs.[12] Martin also had recruited his longtime school friend Phil Harvey, who was studying classics at Oxford, to be the band's manager.[13] (To this day, Coldplay consider Harvey to be the fifth member of the group.[14]) The band's lineup was complete when Will Champion joined the band to take up percussion duties. Champion had grown up playing piano, guitar, bass, and tin whistle; he quickly learned the drums, despite having no previous experience.[11] The band finally settled on the name "Coldplay" which was suggested by Tim Crompton, a local student who had been using the name for his group.[14][15] By 1997 Martin had also met then Classics student Tim Rice-Oxley. During a weekend on Virginia Water, they asked each other to play off their own songs on the piano. Martin, finding talent on Rice-Oxley, asked him to be Coldplay's keyboard player but Rice-Oxley refused as his own band (Keane) was already operational. Days after, this event would shape the second line-up of Keane and keep Coldplay's unaltered, thus leaving both bands as quartets.[16]

Gospel Keys 101 Review

Gospel Keys 101 is a 90-minute dvd course on melody harmonization with more than 6 parts for every single tone of the major scale. It includes close-ups, titles, and charts for visual support. For effective learning, concepts on playing gospel music and some practice techniques are also given. The course also comes with a bonus including an online chord chart pdf.

With Gospel Keys 101,an individual will be able to recognize melodies in songs in as fast as two minutes. Moreover, the person will be able to harmonize any melody with just seven chords and be able to select which bass notes to play with the melody. Everything in the video is unhurried and every detail is thoroughly explained to facilitate learning.

Gospel Keys 101 is a good start for those who want to be liberated from the limitations of sheet music and learn to play gospel music by ear. Everything is properly set for easy and practical learning. Since Gospel Keys is a dvd course, it can be played over and over again anywhere. Communication support is also available for more clarifications. The package price is likewise lowered to $39.95. Jermaine himself gives a 100% risk-free guarantee and offers a 90-day period to return the dvd course and you can keep the bonuses. There seems to be nothing to lose if one gets hold of a Gospel Keys 101 dvd course.

Great Beginning- GospelKeys101

I love GospelKeys101!!!Here's an outline of the Dvd:

1. How To Instantly Figure Out Chords To Simple Melodies
(How to put chords behind certain notes)
A. Determine The Melody
B. Harmonize The Melody
C. Adding The Bass

2. Songs You'll Be Playing Right Away
A. Kumbayah, Jesus Love Me
B. Wheels On The Bus, Mary's Lamb

3. Inversions
(Different Ways To Play Chords

4. Primary Chords
( I IV V )

5. Exercises

6. Bass Techniques

I highly recommend this Dvd for those who want to play without sheet music!

Gospel Keys 101
will teach you everything you need
to know to get started playing basic hymns and
congregational songs by ear. If you're a beginner and
would like your very own gospel piano teacher on DVD,
this course is definitely for you! This dvd course moves
at a very comfortable pace and leaves no questions

You will be shown, step-by-step, how to harmonize

every single tone
of the major scale --- AND since
songs are based on melodies (and melodies are based on
major scales), you'll be able to harmonize MOST songs
immediately after learning these concepts. In

90 minutes
, you'll learn a variety of
chords, inversions, melodies, and will be playing over a
half-dozen songs by the end!

Diana Krall- Quiet Nights

“It's not coy. It's not 'peel me a grape,' little girl stuff. I feel this album's very womanly--like you're lying next to your lover in bed whispering this in their ear.”
– Diana Krall

Diana Krall's new album will be available March31st! This will be her twelfth album. Quiet Nights is really a celebration of Bossa Nova music. Tommy LiPuma, who has worked with Krall since 1994 says, “When we did The Look of Love, we were very much leaning in the bossa nova direction. Quiet Nights is really a celebration of this music. Diana sings three Brazilian classics, she rhythmically turned four standards into that style, and three ballads. So really there are ten songs on the album of which seven are just straight up bossa novas."
Source: All About Jazz Publicity

“I was inspired to do this record because of my trip last year to Brazil," says Krall, who returned to Rio de Janeiro to shoot a concert for a new DVD release. “Then I just kept going back and found that everywhere you go you still hear the sounds of Jobim and bossa nova." For more reading on Diana's new album, visit Diana Krall at All About Jazz

I remember the sounds of bossa nova quite well in the 60's. Antonio Carlos Jobim (who composed “Quiet Nights" and “The Girl from Ipanema") and Joao Gilberto ("Este Seu Olhar") are two of the pioneers of the music, revered as national heroes in Brazil to this day. Jobim's roots were always planted firmly in jazz; the records of Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Barney Kessel and other West Coast jazz musicians made an enormous impact upon him in the 1950s. Jobim's breakthrough outside Brazil occurred in 1962 when Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd scored a surprise hit with his tune “Desafinado”--and later that year, he and several other Brazilian musicians were invited to participate in a Carnegie Hall showcase. Further reading of his bio here:

Performing With Poise- Paul Kenyon

Meet Paul Kenyon!

"Paul Kenyon is a performing pianist who plays diverse repertoire in a variety of venues and formats. He particularly enjoys welcoming audiences who are new to the concert listening experience. Through creative programming and spoken word Paul enables listeners to gain access to deeper musical enjoyment and understanding. Both his musical performances and the accompanying commentary have received praise as he has appeared in concerts across the United States. Currently, Paul is a member of the music faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, where he teaches piano and serves as department chair."

An Interactive Workshop for Adult Musicians
Presented by Pianist and Teacher, Paul Kenyon

Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Crill Performance Hall, Cooper Music Center

Point Loma Nazarene University

Do you love music, enjoy playing but terrified to perform in front of an audience?

Do you wish that playing for friends or family was much easier?

Paul Kenyon offers a practical, hands-on approach to learning, practicing and performance preparation that seeks to build confidence and fluency in performance. In a single session Dr. Kenyon provides a holistic, step-by-step method for gaining poise in performance, regardless of experience level.

The presentation includes strategies for integrating optimal use of the body, along with increased awareness of how the brain works musically. And finally, Dr. Kenyon offers suggestions for learning music in ways that foster confident musical performances.

Workshop registration is $35.00 and includes all class materials. Participants are encouraged to bring their own performing repertoire, as their will be ample opportunity for personal application and coaching.

To register please call: 858.449.5535

or e-mail:

Paul Kenyon is a member of the music faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, where he teaches piano and serves as department chair. To learn more about Paul Kenyon please visit his webpage at:

Benefits of Music Education

To Make Your Kids More Successful, Teach Them Music!

Benefits of Music Education Shown to Include Leadership and Teamwork Skills

Besides being a sure way to become the life of the party, learning to play an instrument can make a child smarter, better adjusted, and better equipped to adopt a position of leadership in a diverse world.

The idea that music education makes children smarter isn’t just my opinion. Music has a mathematical precision, the rhythms, pitches, and motifs in musical composition can all be expressed with numbers and equations. Maybe that is why the 1993 Standardized Achievement Test (SAT) showed above-average scores in both mathematical and verbal portions of the test by high school students who studied music.

Being smart is important, but it’s also critical that children be well adjusted. Children with music education-especially in a school setting with other musicians, develop the key people-skills, that are essential to functioning in society, including teamwork, problem solving, and leadership. They gain from hard work of music mastery, learning self-discipline and self-worth through accomplishments. Studies demonstrate that the students most likely to be elected to class office, achieve the highest grades, or receive honors for academic achievement are the students who, you guessed it, study music.

There is also an impossible to quantify, yet essential quality that music adds to each of our lives. If, as argued by the Oxford Review of Education as far back as 1996, the richness of music is itself enough justification for the teaching of it, then are music’s other benefits unimportant? I do not believe so. Music education should, and does, have measurable benefits.

What I know is that music education helps children improve academic skills, develop leadership skills, and gain a sense of accomplishment. I also know that support for music education in public schools is always under financial pressure. Where I live, they have chosen to cut music class from a local Elementary school... how sad! So, folks be involved … your children’s music education is as important as math and writing education. It is so very important!

But if that doesn’t convince your son or daughter to study music, perhaps the fact that musicians are the life of the party will! Plus, not only will learning an instrument help kids with good self esteem but they will have the gift of playing an instrument all there lives! With the current decline in support for music and arts education, it is more important than ever for parents to encourage their children to study music.

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