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The academic road following the masters degree at Iowa was more difficult as Block traversed four different schools (Stanford, CUNY-Graduate Center, University of Pittsburgh, and the Eastman School of Music) over the course of the next 12 years while pursuing a composition and teaching career and becoming a husband and father. During a two-year stay in New York City where he taught at Queens College as an adjunct, he wrote FireTiger for violin and piano (Elements Rising, Navona Records NV5990) and the Missa De Profundis. He received his Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory in 1981 from the University of Pittsburgh (where his primary mentors were Robert Morris and A. Wayne Slawson) and went on to be A.B.D. at the Eastman School of Music for a second Ph.D. in Music Theory before accepting a full-time Assistant Professor position in Chicago. The 12 years during this fruitful period saw Block’s emergence as a composer in his acceptance to the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood), the performance of many of his works by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and a number of commissions for new works including his Piano Sonata No.1, the ballet Players, Thelonious Rex for chamber ensemble, Rockin’ Pneumonia for chamber ensemble, and Phantasmagoria for chamber orchestra. While in Pittsburgh he wrote many articles serving as the music critic for the entertainment weekly, Market Square of Pittsburgh. He also served as the music director and pianist for a weekend cabaret revue in Pittsburgh, writing and performing some of the popular music, and forming a relationship with Professor Myron Nadel (Carnegie-Mellon University) who directed the ensemble and who wrote the book for the musical The Ballet Man (staged and performed in Buffalo, NY in the ‘90s). A major compositional highlight of this time period was the writing of his full-length opera, The Tumbler of God, during his final year at the University of Pittsburgh while on a Mellon Fellowship. His three years at the Eastman School of Music were largely devoted to mastering the craft of music theory, emphasizing contemporary posttonal techniques, and most of his published work on music theory derives from the foundation learned at the Eastman School from such notable luminaries as Robert Morris, David Beach, and Robert Bailey. In his final year at Eastman, he accepted a teaching position at Northeastern
Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois.
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America also gets influenced by other countries just as it influenced them. America has had Britain’s Adele on the Top 100, Britain’s Taio Cruz, and most recently, Korea’s Psy on the top spot on the Top 100. Although America has a variety of different countries that Americans like to listen to, they still prefer American music such as Kanye West's song "Clique." Mexican Music Mexican Music is very diverse and has a wide range of genres. Some different types of Mexican Music are Ranchero, Corrido, and Son. Mexican Bands- Mariachi The main different types of Mexican bands are Mariachis, Conjunto norteno, and Banda. Mariachi is the most common band type and is what usually comes to mind when you think about a Mexican music. Mariachi bands consist of trumpets, guitars, and violins. Sometimes you'll see flutes, french horns, accordions, and even organs. The "capital of mariachi" is in Guadalajara. There are generally about five men in a Mariachi band and they will usually dress nicely. Mariachi's golden age was most likely in the 1950s because that's when you would start seeing Mariachi bands in movies. They became popular in the United States sometime in the 1970s. Start at 30 seconds Corrido Corrido has to do with poetry or ballads. These songs are often about heroes or criminals. Some are about love, women, or are just flat out fiction. A lot of them though have turned more modern and now are about drugs, immigration, and labor. Ranchera This is kind of obvious by the name but these songs originated on ranches. These songs are usually sang solo and with guitars, but it is also popular with mariachi groups. They can be about nature, love, or patriotism. The music is very flexible due to easy tempo changes. Some men have written over 1000 rancheras. They have always been a popular style and have adapted to Mexican songwriters all over the world. Son This music developed from a mixture of Spanish music and other genres. This type of music is also popular with mariachi groups and is played with guitars, violins, trumpets, and even accordions. Main type