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by Marc Sabatella

My name is Marc Sabatella, and I am the founder of Outside Shore Music - a pioneer of online music education since the dawn of the web. As the creator of Mastering MuseScore, A Jazz Improvisation Primer, and other resources, I have dedicated most of my life to helping as many musicians as I can. Subscribe to my free newsletter for MuseScore tips, theory insights, and more information on how to create your best music!

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Hello! Thanks for bearing with me over the past week as I was setting up my new studio. While I still have work to do, we should be back to business as usual with respect to my live events.Meanwhile, this week in Practical Counterpoint, we're wrapping up our initial exploration of writing for three or more voices, and in Music Master Class we'll be looking at your projects on this topic. Mastering MuseScore If you are interested in getting the most out of the world's most popular music...

5 days ago • 1 min read

Hello! I wanted to give you a heads up that I am in the process of setting up a new studio, so bear with me if there are any glitches in my live events this week.Meanwhile, this week in the Practical Counterpoint course, we're continuing to expand to three parts and beyond. I'll be posting some new things for us to work on shortly. Mastering MuseScore If you are interested in getting the most out of the world's most popular music notation software, join our community with a Mastering...

12 days ago • 1 min read

Hello! In the Practical Counterpoint course, we're moving on to working with three or more parts, which has implications both for the types of textures and harmonies you can create. One of the most interesting things that should come from this is a realization of just how much of what there is to know about harmony can be learned - and indeed, was originally developed - through the study of counterpoint. Those of you in the course will be experiencing this first-hand, but as always, everyone...

19 days ago • 1 min read

Hello! This week in the Practical Counterpoint course, we are wrapping up our focus on two-part counterpoint. We have a fun project to cap it off with, so even if you're not taking the course, you'll probably enjoy this week's Music Master Class! Mastering MuseScore If you are interested in getting the most out of the world's most popular music notation software, join our community with a Mastering MuseScore membership for the most comprehensive training & expert support available! MuseScore...

26 days ago • 1 min read

Hello! This week marks the first day of spring, and after the snowstorm we just experienced here in Colorado a few days ago, I'm ready! In the Practical Counterpoint course, we are continuing our exploration of so-called "species counterpoint". This is a subject that is often taught with little or no reference to any actual context, making it seem like an abstract concept with no relevance to real music. My aim is always to focus on the practical value of the theory, and species counterpoint...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hello! An important note to members outside the US: we started daylight savings time this week. That means if you didn't also set your clocks ahead in your part of the world, my live events will now be an hour earlier. So be sure to do the math to see what 12:30 Eastern now works out to be for you! For the rest of spring / summer / fall, events will be at 4:30 PM (16:30) UTC.Meanwhile, a new batch of lessons is now available in the Practical Counterpoint course, so be sure to check them out,...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hello! As I mentioned yesterday, it seems there was an issue with my email configuration that resulted in my newsletter being flagged as junk (or worse) on some systems for the past few weeks. I believe this is now fixed. I'm not sure how many systems were affected or if the changes I made will work for everyone, but anyhow - if this is the first newsletter of mine you've seen in a while, it's good to be back! If you missed the recent newsletters, then that includes the one where I officially...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hello! Mark your calendars for next Monday - March 4 - as we'll be getting underway with the spring 2024 cohort of the Practical Counterpoint course! The course will run through June 28, and the format will be similar to the recent cohorts for my Basic Music Theory and Harmony and Chord Progressions courses. New content - lessons, exercises, projects - will be released every week, and you'll be able to work at your own pace. Live sessions will be conducted via the regular Music Master Class...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hello! Last week we featured George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" a lot, including a special session of the Music Master Class in which we listened to a complete performance and I discussed its form at length. I think you'll find this session especially insightful. You can check out the recording in the archive. Meanwhile, I have tentatively decided to launch the first cohort of my counterpoint course on March 4 - less than two weeks from today. I'll be sharing more details about this next...

2 months ago • 1 min read

Hello from Marc Sabatella of Outside Shore Music, home of Mastering MuseScore and other great resources! This week marks the 100th anniversary of the premiere of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", which combines classical and jazz elements in ways that are really ahead of its time. I'll be exploring various aspects of the piece this week. For those of you who are members of the Outside Shore Music community, please remember to reset your passwords if you haven't done so after the big...

2 months ago • 2 min read
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