Spotlight: Meaghan Clayton

Meaghan Clayton graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina with a degree in Music Education. While at Meredith, Ms. Clayton studied cello with Ms. Virginia Hudson, violin with Ms. Dana Freidli, and music theory with Dr. Anthony Vaglio. She served as principal cellist of the Meredith College String Orchestra for 4 years in addition to performing with the North Carolina State University Civic Symphony for one year. Ms. Clayton has also performed as a member of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Alan Neilson and Dr. James Waddelow.

Ms. Clayton taught orchestra at Apex High School and Davis Drive Middle School in the Wake County Public School System in addition to maintaining a private studio of cello, violin, and viola students. Currently, Ms. Clayton is focusing her time on raising her children, teaching private string lessons, and arranging music.

Sonatina in C

Masterfully arranged, this famous piano work is well-known for the light, clean style in which it is performed. All three movements contain musical elements representative of the Classical period.

Spoon River

Originally an American folk-dance fiddle tune, this piece features contrasting styles and significant attention to detail.

Two Mozart Dances

This minuet and contradance work seamlessly together, but could also be performed on their own. Includes meter changes and an opportunity to study different musical forms.

New Music Friday

New Music Friday: Tango Americana

The Tango is a study in syncopation and accent. This original piece uses two themes, one in the key of F major and another in the relative minor. You can augment the overall Tango feel by using the included percussion parts for claves, bongo drums, and maracas.

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New Music Friday

New Music Friday: Personent Hodie

The tune used in this carol is believed to have originated in Germany, possibly around 1360. This arrangement stays relatively faithful to the melody, which is presented in groups of upper strings and lower strings. All parts can be played in first position, although the cello has several measures of divisi. At the marked tempo, the piece runs about two and a half minutes.

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New Music Friday

New Music Friday: The Changing Timepiece

This work is a set of brief variations based on the theme from the slow movement of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 101. This symphony is nicknamed “The Clock” due to the “tick-tock” effect that you will hear accompanying the theme. This work was created to be a teaching tool. Depending on what the students already were exposed to, this piece offers a chance to deal with changing time signatures, changing key signatures, changing tempi, col legno technique, subito, Grand Pause, tremolo, what are variations, what an old-fashioned mechanical clock sounds like, as well as historical information about Haydn and his symphonies.

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