The Percussive Arts Society recently brought the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) to Texas for a four-day celebration of everything percussion and drums.The Percussive Arts Society recently brought the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) to Texas for a four-day celebration of everything percussion and drums. Over 6,000 drummers and percussionists descended upon Austin, Texas to enjoy over 120 sessions, reconnect with fellow percussionists, and make new friends in the percussion world. Austin also housed 113 exhibitors for the International Drum & Percussion Expo, the world’s premier event to see what is new within the drum and percussion industry.

Highlights from PASIC 2012 included many great competitions, concerts, clinics and an over-flowing Expo hall. A day of competitions welcomed the return of the competitive Marching Percussion Festival format, with over 110 entries spanning high school and college ensembles and individual performers. Breakout sessions included the U.S. Marine Band Percussion Section, a trip to a Brazilian Carnival with Austin’s own Academicos Da Opera, professional development sessions by Zoro and others, and clinics and concerts with Stanton Moore, Rajna Swaminthan and Michael Burritt. A standing-room crowd witnessed a clinic by Jhair Sala, Pedrito Martinez and Steve Gadd. Ari Hoenig and Mike Mangini each displayed their legendary drumset skills.

Concerts included an evening concert celebrating the 100th birthday of John Cage through performances by Percussion Group Cincinnati, red fish blue fish, Steven Schick and Benjamin Toth. Other performances were given by musicians like steel pan artist Andy Narrel, the University of North Texas Steel Band, the McCallum High School Steel Band, the Joe Locke-Geoffrey Keezer Group, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, and more.

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Berklee College of Music has updated its comprehensive directory of salary ranges for U.S. music positions including performance, business, audio technology, education, and music therapy. Berklee College of Music has updated its comprehensive directory of salary ranges for U.S. music positions including performance, business, audio technology, education, and music therapy. First released in 2010, “Music Careers in Dollars and Cents” has been revised for 2012 to keep up with a constantly changing industry.

New features include updated salary and job information; and more detailed salary ranges for many positions, such as TV and Film Score Composer, Music Supervisor, and Songwriter/Lyricist. Job titles like Video Game Composer, Film Score Conductor, and Concert Hall Manager that were not included in the previous edition have been added. A flowchart on negotiating a job offer and a resources section that includes professional music organizations and associations are also new, along with artist revenue trends with information from the Future of Music Coalition’s recent survey.

The study shows salaries trending upwards for certain positions (Orchestral Musician, Assistant Professor, Public Relations Specialist), while others are seeing a decline (Commercial Jingle Composer, A&R Representative, Music Education Administrator). Some changes are due to more comprehensive data collection, but market factors are also at work. “It’s important to remember, despite our best research efforts, all salaries represent only ranges, dependent on numerous variables,” said Peter Spellman, Director of Berklee’s Career Development Center.

“Music Careers in Dollars and Cents” also includes an expanded Emerging Career Paths section highlighting current positions that are expected to experience continued growth in the coming years. These titles include Mobile Music App Developer, Social Media Manager, Integrated Marketing, Content Acquisition, Audio Advertising Producer, Online Video Music Teacher, and Creative Arts Therapist.

In addition to emerging careers, the study covers a broad range of more traditional music-related fields, including orchestral, Broadway, and studio musician – with information on union rates and scales; choir director; arranger; conductor; instrument maker; A&R representative; artist manager; music attorney; live sound; record producer and engineer; audiologist; and music teacher.

www.berklee.edu/studentlife/cdc.html.

NEMC has announced their second NEMC "Music Is Life" Video Performance Contest. NEMC has announced their second NEMC "Music Is Life" Video Performance Contest. This high-profile contest calls on school band or orchestra ensembles from around the country to submit a video of a great performance recorded this year or a new performance captured on video specifically for this contest to be submitted between November 15, 2012 and January 31, 2013.

Participants can enter online at NEMC for prizes that include a choice of one of three $10,000 Musical Instrument Packages and additional $1,000 for their school music program. Videos can be edited down from an existing media file of a past performance or simply record something new. Entrants are urged to capture video on a phone or camera, as it’s is the performance not the video production that counts. Here's the twist. The winner is decided by public vote starting in February 2013! In May 2012, the inaugural contest was won by Glenn Cowen, the band director of Cheltenham High School, Cheltenham, Pa., who submitted the video entry on behalf of his school band.

NEMC urges all school band directors, students, and parents to spread the word and get involved in this contest that rewards the winning school with major musical instruments from industry profile brands such as F.E. OLDS and Son, Inc. and Jupiter Band Instruments.

All details of the contest and entry submissions can be accessed online at nemc.com.

The musicians’ social portal JazzPlayer.com was just re-launched!The musicians’ social portal JazzPlayer.com was just re-launched! Visit the site to learn more about a variety of new features, ways to connect with jazz musicians around the world, and a great-looking new design.

www.jazzplayer.com

An NBC affiliate news program recently profiled two students from Knoxville-area’s Carter High School who have been invited to travel to New York to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. An NBC affiliate news program recently profiled two students from Knoxville-area’s Carter High School who have been invited to travel to New York to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Percussionist Ben McCurry and Andrew Chunn will both be participating in Macy’s Great American Marching Band after sending audition videos to the organization earlier this year.  The Great American Marching Band typically includes over 180 musicians from across the country, along with a full compliment of flags and dancers.

Watch the full report at WBIR Knoxville’s website.

American classical composer Elliott Carter, whose career spanned several eras of music throughout the world with challenging, rhythmically complex works, died Monday at age 103.American classical composer Elliott Carter, whose career spanned several eras of music throughout the world with challenging, rhythmically complex works, died Monday at age 103. His music publishing company, Boosey & Hawkes, called him an "iconic American composer." Indeed, the lifelong musician earned the respect of generation after generation of contemporaries (along with two Pulitzers). In 2002, The New York Times said his string quartets were among "the most difficult music ever conceived," and it hailed their "volatile emotions, delicacy and even, in places, plucky humor."

Beltsville, Maryland’s Kathy Rodeffer is being honored this week for her 34 years in instrumental music education across Prince George’s County.Beltsville, Maryland’s Kathy Rodeffer is being honored this week for her 34 years in instrumental music education across Prince George’s County. The retiring teacher will have the music wing at the city of Landover’s Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative and Performing Arts School named in her honor. Rodeffer taught at several elementary schools since her start in education in 1978, including stops at Bowie’s Samuel Ogle Middle School and Temple Hills’ Crossland High School before coming to Pullen in 1989.She went on to become instrumental music supervisor for Prince George’s County Public Schools in 1998.

Read more at Maryland’s Gazette.net.

SBO magazine is preparing for its annual Best Tools for Schools presentation at the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. SBO magazine is preparing for its annual Best Tools for Schools presentation at the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.  Any music educators who will be attending the NAMM show and are interested in participating in the presentation – which highlights the best music products and accessories for classroom and school use from the extensive offerings found on the music trade convention floor – should reach out directly to SBO editor Eliahu Sussman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> for more information.  The 2013 NAMM Show will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center January 24-27, 2013. The NAMM Foundation’s educator-focused Music Education Days events will be held Jan 26-27, and the Best Tools for Schools presentation is slated for Sunday, Jan 27.

Visit www.sbomagazine.com/resources/tools-for-schools/ for more details.

The NAMM Foundation kicked off the highly regarded Best Communities for Music Education survey on Thursday’s SupportMusic teleconference and webinar. The NAMM Foundation kicked off the highly regarded Best Communities for Music Education survey on Thursday’s SupportMusic teleconference and webinar. SupportMusic’s monthly event was live from Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships, the premier high school marching band competition, on Thursday at 10 a.m. PST. The Best Communities program recognizes and honors schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support of music education as part of the core curriculum.

www.nammfoundation.org

The Berklee City Music Network in partnership with Stax Music Academy has announced its second annual Network conference, “American Popular Music: The Untold Story.” The Berklee City Music Network in partnership with Stax Music Academy has announced its second annual Network conference, “American Popular Music: The Untold Story.” The conference, attended by music educators and activists from across the country, centers around bringing access to state of the art music education to students in underserved communities. The three-day event, to be held in Memphis, Tenn., will highlight expert speakers in the field of music education including musician and songwriter, Dr. George Clinton. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and mastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic will present on a panel and host a free, open-to-the-public master class with the Stax Music Academy ensemble.

Music educators, administrators, and press are encouraged to register: American Popular Music: The Untold Story Monday, October 29 – Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Westin Memphis Beale Street Memphis, Tennessee

Registration deadline for the conference is Friday, October 19. For a full schedule and conference details, visit: berkleecitymusicnetwork.org/bcmnconference2012.

 


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