The First Noel Piano Arrangement (and a funny Christmas story)

To kick off December’s first blog post, here is my piano arrangement of The First Noel: You can find the sheet music here! I’ve already talked about the history of this beautiful Christmas carol; check that post out here: Now I want to share a funny story with you about my arrangement of The First Noel.  Back […]

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Angels and Christmas Music

Angels We Have Heard on High Christmas Bells

In the nativity story, angels play an integral part in the proclamation of Baby Jesus’s birth. So today let’s listen to some Christmas music inspired by those heavenly messengers. There are many Christmas carols about angels, two of which are the most popular: Angels We Have Heard on High and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Check out my […]

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Mary’s Alleluia: An Original Composition

As part of Christmas this year, I wanted to compose an original piano piece that captured the wonder and awe of the season. With that in mind, please enjoy Mary’s Alleluia: If you like it, check out the sheet music here! This work is special to me. After being inspired to create the main theme, I […]

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What Child is This? – New Video!

This week I posted the video for my arrangement of What Child is This? up on YouTube! For the history behind this beautiful Christmas carol, read my post here. And if you’re interested in the sheet music: I wrote this arrangement in the spirit of a contemporary waltz. Notice the waltz accompaniment in the left hand beginning […]

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Christmas Lullaby (Still, Still, Still and Away in a Manger)

Away in a Manger is one of the most loved Christmas carols of our time. And it’s easy to understand why! The beautiful lullaby describes that special night over 2000 years ago, using text and melody to create an emotional response in the listener. While Still, Still, Still is not as popular as Away in a Manger, it’s just […]

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Christmas Piano: Album, Sheet Music, and More!

Christmas Piano: A Live Album by Kathryn Louderback

To celebrate the start of the holiday season, I am thrilled to announce the release of my own Christmas album: Christmas Piano. Listen to Christmas Piano The album consists of 8 tracks; 7 are arrangements I wrote of known Christmas carols, and 1 is an original composition. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing posts […]

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Erich Korngold and the Development of Modern Film Music

If you are an avid movie watcher, you probably know the names Hans Zimmer or John Williams. They are two of the most important film composers of our time, and with good reason; they have helped define film music as its own genre, one that tells the story of the movie (even outside of the […]

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How Schubert’s Gretchen Changed Music

In October 1814, 17-year-old Franz Schubert (1797-1828) wrote a lied (an art song with text from a German poem). It might not seem remarkable at first glance, but this composition – called Gretchen am spinnrade – helped change the course of music. History One of the first pieces of Romantic-era program music (a piece of music that tells a story […]

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The Sound of October

It’s hard to believe that October is almost over! So this week I thought it would be fun to listen to some classical music directly inspired by this final autumn month. Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847) In the summer of 1831, Mendelssohn Hensel began composing a piano cycle named Das Jahr (which means “The Year”). This 13-piece work […]

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5 Practice Tips to Learn Music Faster

Longer practice does not always equal better practice. So here are five practice tips you can do right now to master your musical instrument.

As a musician, it is important to practice your instrument on a regular basis in order to see improvements. But sometimes our practicing is inefficient – we think that mindless playing through the music helps us learn it quickly. However, like most things in life, quality is better than quantity. (In other words, longer practice does […]

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