A new German study has found a correlation between musical skills and reading skills in young children.A new German study has found a correlation between musical skills and reading skills in young children. The study examined 159 students and found that children who received specialist music training twice a week for eight months had a significantly greater increase in various reading skills than those in other groups. A second group was given visual arts training, while a third was given no extra training at all.

According to the Guardian, researchers found that the ability to analyze rhythmic patterns and tone lengths had a particularly positive effect on “decoding skills” while reading, while tone and pitch skills did not appear to be as beneficial.

Read more at the Guardian.

The 66-year-old tradition of the Texas Bandmasters Association in San Antonio continued this week as educators from across the region gathered for educational clinics, concerts, and a trade show. The 66-year-old tradition of the Texas Bandmasters Association in San Antonio continued this week as educators from across the region gathered for educational clinics, concerts, and a trade show. The Texas Bandmasters Association hosts the largest annual state bandmasters association convention in the country, with over 6,500 people in attendance, including 2,400 band directors and more than 600 industry-related exhibit booths at the Annual Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/Clinic.

Visiting performers included the Salt River Brass, The U.S. Air Force Band of the West, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony, DCI group Boston Crusaders, and more. The convention’s featured clinician was Eugene Migliaro Corporon, who is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. Corporon has recorded over 600 works, including many premieres and commissions, with over 100 recordings on the Toshiba/EMI, Klavier, Mark, CAFUA, Donemus, Soundmark, GIA, Albany, Naxos, and Centaur labels. The conference’s featured composer was Steven Bryant, who composes music across a variety of media and ensembles, ranging from electronic and electro-acoustic works, to chamber music, to works for wind ensembles and orchestras.

www.texasbandmasters.org

On July 19, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 5, the “Student Success Act,” which passed by a largely partisan vote of 221–207. On July 19, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 5, the “Student Success Act,” which passed by a largely partisan vote of 221–207. The legislation seeks to drastically reduce the “federal footprint” for education policy, striking down many key provisions of No Child Left Behind and also eliminating several signature education programs introduced by the Obama administration. The vote followed two days of debate.

Sponsored by Representative John Kline of Minnesota, the new law would give states and school districts more control as to how they hold schools accountable for the progress of students.

Amendments adopted during debate on Thursday included one that eliminates the requirement that states evaluate teachers based on student outcomes; under the amendment these evaluations would now be optional. The legislation also prevents the Department of Education from adopting the Common Core State Standards, eliminates Maintenance of Effort spending requirements for states in order to receive federal funding, adjusts Title I funding allocation requirements; effectively allowing states and LEAs to allocate funding to any schools with students below the poverty level regardless of the number or concentration of children in poverty.

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013. That bill is expected to reach the Senate floor for an early fall vote.

Read more at NAfME

The Buffalo News reported this week that if Buffalo Public Schools officials go through with a plan to eliminate band and orchestra programs from their 14 city schools this year, many national music foundations tasked with providing free instruments and support to these schools have pledged to end their donations. The Buffalo News reported this week that if Buffalo Public Schools officials go through with a plan to eliminate band and orchestra programs from their 14 city schools this year, many national music foundations tasked with providing free instruments and support to these schools have pledged to end their donations.  Many have even threatened to force schools to return all donated instruments.

A representative from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundations, Tricia Steel, said: “We’ve already contacted our five awarded schools. If their program is eliminated, then our instruments need to be returned to us.”

Read more at the Buffalo News

Pearl/Adams recently launched PearlAdamsDCI.com, featuring content from Pearl/Adams drum corps from across the country.Pearl/Adams recently launched PearlAdamsDCI.com, featuring content from Pearl/Adams drum corps from across the country.  Users can check the site regularly throughout the 2013 DCI season for pictures and videos of a wide variety of DCI percussion ensembles.

The world’s top drum and bugle corps are fully equipped with Pearl/Adams drums, percussion, keyboards, and hardware as they begin their three-month-long tour of intense DCI competition. The DCI sanctioned events are held across the country and culminate at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

www.pearladamsDCI.com

Now in its fourth year, the Mizzou International Composers Festival will take place July 22 through July 27. Now in its fourth year, the Mizzou International Composers Festival will take place July 22 through July 27. The MICF is one of the most noteworthy contemporary music events in the Midwest, attracting attention from composers, musicians, music educators, and media around the world.

This year's grand finale will feature the world premieres of eight new works written by the festival's resident composers and performed by the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. The festival's other two public performances include “Mizzou New Music,” featuring music by MICF guest composers Daniel Kellogg and Augusta Read Thomas and by MU faculty members, performed by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. July 26 at Missouri Theatre. Alarm Will Sound is also set to perform.

newmusicsummerfestival.missouri.edu/

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has presented John Harbison with the Mark M. Horblit “Merit Award” for distinguished composition by an American composer.The Boston Symphony Orchestra has presented John Harbison with the Mark M. Horblit “Merit Award” for distinguished composition by an American composer. The award was created in 1947 by the late Boston attorney Mark M. Horblit to, in his own words, “foster and promote the writing of symphonic compositions by composers resident in the United States… in recognition of meritorious work in that field.” Mr. Harbison is the 22nd recipient of the award, which includes a cash prize of $5,000.  The Horblit Award was first presented to Aaron Copland in 1947, and most recently to Elliott Carter in 2007 (Mr. Carter also received the award in 1988). In connection with the BSO’s presentation of the Horblit Award to John Harbision, the orchestra will release the composer’s six symphonies as digital downloads, available at the orchestra’s website. These live recordings of all six symphonies were made during the BSO’s 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

www.bso.org

Culture and arts blog Open Culture recently took time to delve into the unique relationship that Albert Einstein had with his violin, which he’d affectionately named “Lina.” Culture and arts blog Open Culture recently took time to delve into the unique relationship that Albert Einstein had with his violin, which he’d affectionately named “Lina.” The blog even suggests he might have favored music over all other aspects of his creativity.  “Life without playing music is inconceivable to me,” he’s quoted as saying.  “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…  I get most joy in life out of music.” Einstein began taking music lessons at the age of five, growing up in Munich.

http://www.openculture.com/2013/06/the_musical_mind_of_albert_einstein.html

After an avalanche of slashed sports and arts programs, along with scores of administrative and cafeteria positions, Philadelphia public schools will look a lot different when students return this September. After an avalanche of slashed sports and arts programs, along with scores of administrative and cafeteria positions, Philadelphia public schools will look a lot different when students return this September. Parent Mike Mullins decided the cuts, due to the deficit’s $304 million deficit, weren’t getting enough attention. So he went on a hunger strike.

“What led us here was the catastrophic budget they put out which devastates the schools and our city, but specifically eliminates — just completely abandons — all of the safety monitors in lunchrooms and in recess,” Mullins told the Washington Post on Monday.

Mullins’s program, “Fast for Safe Schools,” is one of many projects that advocates are hoping will draw attention to the schools’ problem, which is capped by a layoff of 3,800 employees as of next week.

Read the full story here.

Conn-Selmer recently presented its 2013 Centerstage Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Fred Hemke. Conn-Selmer recently presented its 2013 Centerstage Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Fred Hemke. Dr. Hemke has been one of the most significant educators in saxophones, retiring this past year from Northwestern University after 50 years of service. He has played and been a partner with Conn-Selmer and Henri Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces throughout his career.

Dr. Hemke received this honor at the Conn-Selmer Institute ceremony on June 10th 2013 at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. “When I was ten years old, I began to play my Dad’s old alto saxophone,” he said.  “At eleven, my parents bought me a new Conn Constellation alto. At seventeen I received my first Selmer saxophone and have played a Selmer ever since.  Conn and Selmer have shaped my entire musical career for the best part of the past sixty-seven years.”

www.conn-selmer.com.

 


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