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Dear colleagues, many of you have probably heard of the passing of Sir George Martin, a classically-trained musician who worked with the Beatles throughout their careers. It's nice to bring current events into the classroom, so I'd love to come up with an impromptu assignment that draws on Martin's legacy. The one that occurs to me is to take Paul McCartney's anecdote about Martin's orchestration of "Yesterday," and put my students in the position of Martin--given chords, doing effective spacing and voicing for a string quartet arrangement, then playing it along with the original.
But I'd love others' ideas. Any contributions? For aural skills or theory classes?