The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that the first draft of the revised PreK-8 National Core Standards for Music Education will be posted online for public comment on June 30, 2013.The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that the first draft of the revised PreK-8 National Core Standards for Music Education will be posted online for public comment on June 30, 2013. NAfME seeks input from music educators, arts administrators, music teacher educators, and the general public on this document, which will be posted online here. “Our nation’s first standards for arts education were published in 1994, and have served for nearly two decades to guide improvements in the structure, delivery, and assessment of arts education,” said Mike Blakeslee, deputy executive director of NAfME. “With the increasing emphasis on core standards as drivers for our education system in areas ranging from curriculum development to teacher assessment, we need music standards that match current and future policy needs.”

The new standards intentionally connect students’ music achievement with thinking processes and other skills that not only align with Common Core standards, but also contribute to success in later life. They provide compelling philosophical foundations, “enduring understandings” and “essential questions,” and anchor and performance standards to guide instruction and curriculum.

The high school music standards draft is scheduled for release in January 2014. Detailed release of the standards, and the beginning of fieldwork for implementation, will occur around April 2014.

“It’s important for music teachers to get involved in this process,” said NAfME’s Blakeslee. “The standards will help professional music educators hone their curricula, and also help administrators and parents deepen their understanding of why music is good for students.”

http://nccas.wikispaces.com/NCCAS+June+30th+Public+Review

The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame will induct four top percussionists during the 39th Annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) from November 13-16. The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame will induct four top percussionists during the 39th Annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) from November 13-16. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring the four newest members, will be held Thursday, November 14, before the PASIC Thursday Evening Concert at the Indianapolis Convention Center. The Class of 2013 includes Clifford Alexis, Harold Jones, Dr. Gary Olmstead, and Salvatore Rabbio.

Alexis has performed all over the world for such luminaries as Queen Elizabeth II, the Emperor of Ethiopia and President Senghor of Senegal. Moving to the United State in 1965, Alexis became an important educator and clinician, ultimately becoming co-director of the internationally acclaimed Northern Illinois University Steelband.

Jones is a prolific jazz drummer noted for his straight ahead style of playing during the big band era. Jones has performed with many of the top names in the jazz industry throughout his illustrious career; including Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra and many others, in addition to many symphony orchestras around the world.

Olmstead is a highly-regarded percussion educator who developed the Indiana University of Pennsylvania percussion studio. Rabbio is a noted world-class performer, clinician and educator. www.pas.org

Columnist Jamesetta M. Walker had a recent experience with live music in the halls of her hospital that left her singing the praises of therapeutic music in a recent piece for Hampton Roads newspaper The Virginia-Pilot. Columnist Jamesetta M. Walker had a recent experience with live music in the halls of her hospital that left her singing the praises of therapeutic music in a recent piece for Hampton Roads newspaper The Virginia-Pilot. Of her unexpected encounter with harpist Karen Stowe while on the way to an appointment with her podiatrist, Walker writes: “I can’t remember what she was playing, only that by the time she finished, my body had relaxed.”

Walker interviewed Stowe later and learned a lot about the lives of therapeutic music practitioners. Stowe speaks of lowering blood pressure in heart patients and easing the wait for visitors while loved ones were in surgery.  Walker puts it simply: “I didn’t want to be at the hospital that day, but I am glad I wound up there while Stowe was playing.”

Find the full story at the Virginia-Pilot.

Chuck and Lisa Surack of Sweetwater Sound pledged a $150,000 Endowment to support music programs. A portion of the endowment will be used immediately to upgrade musical equipment used by 300clients. Chuck and Lisa Surack of Sweetwater Sound pledged a $150,000 Endowment to support music programs. A portion of the endowment will be used immediately to upgrade musical equipment used by 300clients.

Easter Seals Arc (ESA) created eight new programs for people who have a disability in the last year which all involve some type of music curriculums. The Transition Programs host "college like" classes for youth. Youth are served during summer and holiday breaks, after school and those exiting high school. The 13-to-30-year-olds rotate from class to class such as home-ec, exercise, music, computers, library, arts, and sensory rooms. There are similar rooms set up for the older participants in the Adult Day and Project Drive Group work facility. The request stems from immediate needs to enhance the music equipment in the Adult Day area. Donna Elbrecht, ESA President and CEO, comments, "We are really lucky we have the Surack’s to secure our music programs indefinitely through the permanently restricted endowment. We strive to provide different services which match the needs of our youth or adults. Music is just one of many newlearning and growth opportunities that we offer."

Easter Seals ARC

A violin originally belonging to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was recently brought overseas to Boston for a Boston Early Music Festival performance at the New England Conservatory, allowing many to hear the composer’s early music in the very instrument he had performed on. A violin originally belonging to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was recently brought overseas to Boston for a Boston Early Music Festival performance at the New England Conservatory, allowing many to hear the composer’s early music in the very instrument he had performed on.

Boston Globe critic Jeremy Eichler wrote an engaging story on the instrument’s background and our ever-increasing interest in Early Music.  “But of course tone and craftsmanship are not the main draw here. These are Mozart’s instruments. As such the aura surrounding them is unmistakable, and yetit’s still tempting to prod that aura, to dip into the instruments’ history, and to wonder, at an event like Monday’s concert, what exactly are we hoping to hear?”

Read Eichler’s full story at Boston.com

This June, public spaces throughout Chicago will be transformed into makeshift music venues as performers of all genres take to the streets for the third annual Make Music Chicago festival. The free event will take place in over 25 locations throughout the city on June 21.This June, public spaces throughout Chicago will be transformed into makeshift music venues as performers of all genres take to the streets for the third annual Make Music Chicago festival.  The free event will take place in over 25 locations throughout the city on June 21.

Performers of all ages and abilities will take over sites including Daley Plaza, Midway Plaisance, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and St. James Cathedral.

Orchestra, choral and concert band musicians of any age are invited to participate in the Make Music Chicago opener, Play the Plaza, which runs in the morning at Daley Plaza. Performances will consist of symphonic favorites, a Broadway and opera sing-along, and Sousa marches.

Similar musical festivities celebrating the summer solstice will be taking place in over 400 cities and 100 countries around the world.

makemusicchicago.com

Carl Fischer Music has joined forces with Yamaha, D’Addario and VH1 Save the Music to launch the Music For Your Schools Contest, designed to benefit school bands and orchestras in need.Carl Fischer Music has joined forces with Yamaha, D’Addario and VH1 Save the Music to launch the Music For Your Schools Contest, designed to benefit school bands and orchestras in need.

Entrants are asked to write a 200-word essay or create a three-minute video describing their school programs and how they would benefit from the prizes offered. Prizes include over $500 worth of music from Carl Fischer for all levels of winners, as well as accessories and maintenance from D’Addario and Yamaha.

Entries are due by July 15th, 2013 and should be submitted via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Winners will be notified via e-mail by August 1st, 2013.

www.carlfischer.com

The US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) recently announced its 2012 winners. [caption id="attachment_431513" align="alignnone" width="283"]Joshua Hanson Joshua Hanson[/caption]

The US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) recently announced its 2012 winners. The coveted ISC Grand Prize has been awarded to Irvine, California songwriter Joshua Hanson (Yellow Red Sparks), for his folk song "Monsters With Misdemeanors." The Grand Prize is ISC's highest honor, and prizes include $25,000 cash and over $40,000 in merchandise and services.

The competition received over 20,000 entries from 119 countries, making 2012 the most competitive year ever. The winners were chosen by a prestigious panel of celebrity and industry judges including Tom Waits; Nas, Bernie Taupin; Robert Smith (The Cure); Tegan and Sara; McCoy Tyner; Martina McBride; John Mayall; Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); and many others. More than $150,000 US in cash and prizes will be shared by the winners.

www.songwritingcompetition.com

Beloved founder of the highly influential Midwestern band instrument shop Quinlan & Fabish, George Quinlan, Sr. passed away this week at the age of 90.Beloved founder of the highly influential Midwestern band instrument shop Quinlan & Fabish, George Quinlan, Sr. passed away this week at the age of 90. Quinlan, who was featured in a recent retrospective on the company [http://www.mmrmagazine.com/7020/archives/february-2013/the-quinlans/] when they won the 2013 Don Johnson Service Award, was a World War II veteran who founded the business in 1959 in Chicago. Quinlan and Fabish currently operates at seven locations and employs 125. NAMM president Joe Lamond told SBO’s sister publication, MMR, “George Quinlan, Sr. has spent his life serving others and is the perfect example of all that is right with our industry. It would probably be impossible to calculate the number of young people who had the opportunity to learn music because of his efforts, but I’d imagine it would be in the tens of thousands, if not more.”

http://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/george-quinlan-sr

Andris Nelsons has been appointed the 15th Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 1881. arts-graphics-2008_1186031a

Andris Nelsons has been appointed the 15th Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 1881. The announcement was made Thursday by Chairman of the BSO Board of Trustees Ted Kelly, BSO Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Stephen B. Kay and Robert O'Block, and BSO managing director Mark Volpe, following a meeting of the orchestra's Board of Trustees earlier in the day at Symphony Hall. At 34 years old, Andris Nelsons is the youngest music director to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in over 100 years; he is also the first Latvian-born conductor to take on the post.

www.bso.org

 


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