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Transforming Music Study from its Foundations
College Music Society
A manifesto for progressive change in the undergraduate preparation of music majors. A recent report of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major proposes an overhaul of the curriculum for music majors.


Arts Education Transforms Societies
Huffington Post: Robert L. Lynch
Although many people may agree that arts are an important part of education, they may not realize the powerful trickle-up effect of arts education on a modern, innovative workforce. Indeed, arts education has the power to transform societies for the better.

What Playing A Musical Instrument Does To Your Brain
TED Video: Anita Collins
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

It’s Time to Join the Rest of the World
Greg Sandow (blog)
The arts, as we know them, could die, and art would survive. And so the arts aren’t needed for the cultural and artistic health of our society.

Did Bach’s Wife Write his Finest Works?
The Telegraph: Hannah Furness
Martin Jarvis, professor of music at Charles Darwin University in Australia, claims some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s best-loved works were actually written by his wife.

  • Bogus Bach Theory Gets Media Singing
    National Review Online: Tim Cavanaugh
    The story of a wife’s neglected genius finds a willing audience, despite a nearly total lack of evidence.


Orchestra and College Enter Each Other’s Turf
New York Times: Michael Cooper
College is entering the orchestra business, forming a new training ensemble in New York whose players will get master’s degrees. The New York Philharmonic, meanwhile, is expanding its teaching role, starting an academy to train students all over the world.

The 2014-15 Season By The Numbers
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Ricky O’Bannon
What do orchestras perform? Average year of composition = 1886. Male composers = 98.2% of the time. A very useful overview of symphony orchestra repertoire around the country.

Death of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra
Isthmus: Sandy Tabachnick
Its closing is a wake-up call for groups in Madison and beyond.

Met’s Divisive Opera Is Selling Tickets
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Since “The Death of Klinghoffer” opened last week at the Metropolitan Opera to street protests calling for it to be boycotted, it has sold more tickets than any other opera currently at the Met, company officials said.

Portland Opera Makes Dramatic Move to Summer Seasons Beginning in 2016
The Oregonian: David Stabler
Portland Opera is planning to undergo the biggest change in its 50-year history. Beginning in 2016, the company will perform its entire season in a compressed, 12-week summer period.

L.A. Opera's Vision for the 21st Century
KCET: Victoria Looseleaf
“Because LAO is fairly young, it’s unencumbered by a tradition,” says LA Opera CEO and President Christopher Koelsch, “But we are stewards of a great tradition. You get into dangerous territory if you try to chase the cool.”

Carnegie Hall Will Start Livestreaming Concerts
Vulture: Justin Davidson
The classical-music world has often seemed aggrieved, hermetic, and clueless — everything that the music itself is not. But technology is slowly changing that.

Suzuki Association Refutes Mark O’Connor’s ‘Fraud’ Claims Against Founder
The Violin Channel
The International Suzuki Organization has today released a statement in response to American violin fiddler Mark O’Connor‘s allegations that Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki Method of music education, had lied about his credentials.

Atlanta Musicians Offer Last Minute Counter Proposal
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
An offer that guarantees management the right to set the number of full time musicians as they see fit as opposed to certifying a fixed minimum number.

Smooth Criminals (video)
Huffington Post: Saki Knafo and Emily Cassie
How subway dancing became a New York City art form -- and a crime.

Wi-Fi Hotspots Turn New York Subway Musicians into a Wireless Orchestra (video)
The Verge: Dante D'Orazio
Director Chris Shimojima paired eleven musicians in different subway stations with composer and conductor Ljova using the public Wi-Fi hotspots for his latest video.

Kronos Quartet Named Big Ears 2015 Artists-in-Residence Ian Holubiak
The festival brings together some of the most revered classical, jazz, rock and percussion groups to one stage for a 3-day long jam fest.


Seven Intriguing Tips For for the Job-Seeking Music Education Major
Music School Central: Bill Zuckerman
It may come as a surprise for you to learn that music education is the most popular music major in the country, and for good reason. Music education majors enjoy the highest job placement immediately after completion of a Bachelor’s over every other major in music.

Interactive App Provides Extra Content During Orchestra Performances
The Philadelphia Orchestra has created LiveNote, an app designed to help the audience learn more about the concert they're watching.


Ballet Shoes that Electronically Trace the Movements of Dancers
Lexus Design Awards 2015
‘E-traces’ can be extrapolated to other disciplines and it provides a variety of applications, from a person who is learning on their own to a troupe using it to supplement a live show.

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