Who is Edly?
Hi. Edly here. Here’s a bit about me. I’m a multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, sax, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, piano, bones, recorder, electric bass, and assorted other things), composer, performer, and teacher. I listen to, love, and play, many types of music. In addition to distributing my books, I’m currently having a blast working with my special-needs (Williams Syndrome) drummer buddy, Ben Monkaba. Some years ago I taught piano, theory, and musicianship at a piano camp for adults of all levels. Before that, I wrote music articles for the Maine Times for a while, and my article “Teach Your Children Well” was published in the January 1993 issue of Keyboard Magazine as the guest editorial “Blood on the Battlefield of Music Education.”
But let me back up.
I have a B.A. with Honors in Music from Wesleyan University. I also attended the Berklee College of Music and the University of Michigan at Interlochen.
After college, I played here and there and tried to glean meaning from trying to market non-commercial music to commercial markets until I had an epiphany, and began teaching. Things blossomed from there until I was teaching quite a lot. During that time, I began typing and printing on my computer stuff that I’d been writing out by hand for students for years: triads. This eventually became Edly’s Music Theory for Practical People, written over the course of four years. Encouraged by the success of the theory book, I decided to write Edly Paints the Ivories Blue.
I was a featured author on CNN Online’s weekly chat in 1998 and am a past member of the Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer band. I also performed solo for many years. I’ve played in orchestras, rock and folk bands, string quartets, various commercial bands, informal jazz and ethnic groups of various persuasions, and sung in choirs. I’ve written music in a bunch of different styles, both commercially and noncommercially, for many ensembles, including orchestra, chamber, and synthesized.
I’ve lived in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas. In San Francisco, I repaired furniture for a while ’til I joined a folk show-band for just under a year, entertained at retirement homes and convalescent hospitals (great times!), and then moved to Maine. I moved to the Amherst five college area while the Millenium was still relatively new. I now live in a geodesic dome with my wonderful wife and best friend Heather, and my main man and son Bowen.
I haven’t made any pottery or origami in years. Nor have I brewed beer. But happily, I do juggle, and can also be found playing in my kayak in the local rivers whenever possible.
Want to know more about the history of my books? Read my interview with Kevin Crossett, owner of Guitar Sam, a fine music store in Montpelier Vermont. My friend Lawwy says it’s a very fun interview. And Lawwy knows fun when he sees it.
You still here? My, my. Should you like to move beyond the preceding resumé-kinda bio, this page is a gallery of a wee handful of my favorite things that I’ve done over the years.
Peter Reynolds, illustrator of Edly’s Music Theory for Practical People and Edly Paints the Ivories Blue, as well as the pix on this website, has been sketching on anything within reach since he was old enough to hold a pencil.
We met on the first day of junior high school when I spied him “personalizing” his school handbook. After drawing his way through high school and college, Pete racked up all kinds of awards for educational software ‘n’ books ‘n’ design ‘n’ stuff as Vice President and Creative Director at Tom Snyder Productions. In 1996, he formed his own FableVision Animation Studios, where he currently works, surrounded by really truly nifty furniture.
In addition to Edly’s Music Theory for Practical People, Peter and Edly have collaborated on two videos for Motorola Codex, and the FableVision Animation Studios Demo.
To check out what Pete’s up to at Fablevision, click here.
To see what Pete’s up to outside of Fablevision, click here. He has written or illustrated, at last count, more than a zillion books.