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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learning bird songs using a musical approach

Birds are highly-skilled musicians! Avian and human music share many common elements such as rhythm, phrasing, pitch, and tone quality. Listening to bird songs as music can to help us identify, compare, and remember what we hear more effectively than relying exclusively on memorization.

Using an approach derived from teaching music appreciation and ear training classes, Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member Dr. Lisa Rainsong will help you develop your ability to recognize and identify the avian music around you. Whether you are currently learning the songs of common birds, trying to distinguish the many variations of Tufted Titmouse and Song Sparrow songs, or planning to finally learn all those warbler songs this spring, a music-based approach will help you better understand the repertoire of these accomplished singers.

Lisa Rainsong holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a member of CIM?s music theory faculty. A professional soprano as well as a teacher and composer, she sings with both Apollo?s Fire and Quire Cleveland. She earned a Naturalist Certificate from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and now teaches bird song classes and does field recording of bird songs and insect songs. She has been awarded Small Research Grants from the Geauga Park District in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 for cricket and katydid surveys?research work that is done primarily by ear.

Presented by The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland. Free.

Birds are highly-skilled musicians! Avian and human music share many common elements such as rhythm, phrasing, pitch, and tone quality. Listening to bird songs as music can to help us identify, compare, and remember what we hear more effectively than relying exclusively on memorization. Using an approach derived from teaching music appreciation and ear training classes, Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member Dr. Lisa Rainsong will help you develop your ability to recognize and identify the avian music around you. Whether you are currently learning the songs of common birds, trying to distinguish the many variations of Tufted Titmouse and Song Sparrow songs, or planning to finally learn all those warbler songs this spring, a music-based approach will help you better understand the repertoire of these accomplished singers. Lisa Rainsong holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a member of CIM?s music theory faculty. A professional soprano as well as a teacher and composer, she sings with both Apollo?s Fire and Quire Cleveland. She earned a Naturalist Certificate from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and now teaches bird song classes and does field recording of bird songs and insect songs. She has been awarded Small Research Grants from the Geauga Park District in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 for cricket and katydid surveys?research work that is done primarily by ear. Presented by The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland. Free.

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