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Create a Musical Snapshot

In Ensemble Connect, we have found that a musical snapshot, a creative introduction to a piece of music, is the perfect first addition to a connected musician’s toolkit and a great first step toward audience-centered thinking.

With Ensemble Connect alums as your guides and featuring content by current fellows and leaders in the field, we invite you to create your own Musical Snapshot and share it with us for feedback.

Welcome to Create a Musical Snapshot with Dana Kelley | The Connected Musician

Dana Kelley—violist and Ensemble Connect alum—introduces a Musical Snapshot and how she uses these skills in her career.

Learn How to Create a Musical Snapshot

Part 1: Setting a Foundation

Eric Booth—teaching artist, author, and advocate—outlines the core components of being a connected musician in this three-part video series.

Part 2: Entry Points in Music

Brad Balliett—bassoonist, composer, and Ensemble Connect alum—applies the tools of teaching artists to music to engage audiences more deeply in this four-part video series.

Part 3: A Closer Look

Explore musical snapshots created by Ensemble Connect fellows and alums, and hear from Dana Kelley, Brad Balliett, and Laura Weiner about their process.

Part 4: Create Your Musical Snapshot

Laura Weiner—French horn player, teaching artist, and Ensemble Connect alum—provides a step-by-step guide to help you craft your own musical snapshot, and Nathaniel Stevens, director, includes some helpful tips and tricks for making a great recording.

Part 5: Share and Connect

Show us what you came up with! Send us your musical snapshot and receive feedback from Ensemble Connect.


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