Kerne Clemence “Need a Pianist?”

Meet Kerne Clemence…

This is Kerne’s story about his own career and about how he uses Power Music.

Kerne’s story

Kerne Clemence
Kerne Clemence

In July 2003, after an unbroken 38 years in the classroom, I retired from the post of Curriculum Co-ordinator (Performing Arts) and Director of Music at a large secondary school in North Kent.

Piano playing and, specifically, accompanying were necessary in my work (as MD for school productions, pianist at concerts and examinations, etc.) but was not regular enough for me to find reward at the musical level for which I yearned. I decided to set up “Need a Pianist ? ” to satisfy this longing and to provide some financial benefits throughout a hopefully long retirement.

So, in August 2003, I had business cards and invoice books printed and began a relationship with HMRC, issues of Self-Assessment and Tax Returns, all of which were new to me after PAYE!

How I came to Power Music

Before Power Music
Before Power Music

Before Power Music After some time, I was engaged as accompanist by a local community adult choir and so began my collection of scores. Now, unlike accompaniments for solo voices and instruments, the scores for SATB choirs have more staves per line of music, often six, which results in the need for frequent page turning.

At the rehearsal for this choir on Monday 30th September 2013, I was aghast to find myself staring at SEVENTEEN scores spread out on the floor by my piano, ready to instantly pounce upon at the conductor’s behest! This was for just ONE impending concert!

THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY, I thought, and I drove home determined to Google digital music display systems the next day. I stumbled across Power Music by Cambron Software and had a long chat with Gordon THE VERY NEXT DAY! On Monday 14th October 2013, my MusicOne package arrived and I was so excited at the thought of solving my genuine problems with music score management. Any problems have been born out of my lack of knowledge in setting up and using the package. THESE ARE ADDRESSED BY BRILLIANT TECHNICAL SUPPORT by a real human being over the phone FREE, except for the cost of the call.

How I use it today

Using Power Music
Using Power Music

Using Power Music I rarely use printed paper music. I file all my original, purchased scores after they have been scanned into Power Music and now have access to any one of over 500 pieces within 15 seconds.

I have trained my brain to turn pages by depressing the foot pedal on BEAT 1 of the last bar of each page AND all repeats have been re-copied so that all page turns are FORWARD. This eliminates worrying about when to turn and in what direction, whilst still paying attention to the conductor!

A real bonus has been a development in my business offerings as a result of having this vast music library on tap: I play Background Music for BBQs, Weddings, Luncheons, Parties etc. AND DISTRIBUTE REQUEST SLIPS which are filled in by guests selecting repertoire from my lists placed strategically around. They love this personalisation.

THIS WOULD BE UNMANAGEABLE if I had all my music on paper in albums in box files!

So, there you go. A revolution for my business and my sanity.

Finally

As I get older I am finding no need for glasses, as yet, but still find myself slightly visually challenged in the reading of some scanned in scores. NO PROBLEM. I have invested in a 24″ monitor and now read scores, two A4 pages per screen. This displays the music LARGER than the original size.

If that’s not enough for you when I reach 98, then all I do is turn the monitor from Landscape to Portrait orientation and use ONE page per screen. It just doubles the number of page turns you need to do but at least you can keep active in the wonderful world of accompanying, which is SO rewarding.

Kerne Clemence – “Need a Pianist?”

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