Nearly six months after Robert Champion, a clarinetist and member of the famed Florida A&M University Marching 100, died following a hazing incident, 11 people were charged with felonies and two others with misdemeanors relating to the November incident.Nearly six months after Robert Champion, a clarinetist and member of the famed Florida A&M University Marching 100, died following a hazing incident, 11 people were charged with felonies and two others with misdemeanors relating to the November incident. An additional 20 other people may also face misdemeanor charges. Legal experts are saying that this is “one of the largest criminal cases ever built on a hazing death.”

Champion died after suffering a ritual beating by his fellow band members on a school bus following a band performance. News of the tragic event cast a pall on the marching world, bringing the national spotlight on to the unfortunate hazing practices that some say are particularly prevalent in the marching band culture at southern universities and historically black colleges. For more on the charges filed and fallout from this case, read this article from the N.Y. Times.

Renowned violinist and master teacher Roman Totenberg passed away on Tuesday, May 8th, at the age of 101.Renowned violinist and master teacher Roman Totenberg passed away on Tuesday, May 8th, at the age of 101. A professor emeritus at Boston University, where he taught for more than 50 years, Totenberg lead a prolific musical life. He performed for kings and presidents, literally, playing with the worlds top orchestras in the most acclaimed venues around the world and collaborating with such luminaries as Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland. Totenberg was called a “National Treasure,” by President Bill Clinton.

And yet, through it all, Totenberg was an educator first and foremost. In a 2010 interview with Boston University publication BU Today, he noted, “At age 11 I had a student who was 10. I always had the interest in teaching.” For more on the passing of this icon, click here.

Remo Inc. recently trained and sent out a team of drum circle facilitators to deliver a hybrid of the research-based drumming program, Beat the Odds, to sixth and seventh grade students in the Santa Clarita Valley School Districts near Los Angeles, California. Remo Inc. recently trained and sent out a team of drum circle facilitators to deliver a hybrid of the research-based drumming program, Beat the Odds, to sixth and seventh grade students in the Santa Clarita Valley School Districts near Los Angeles, California. The Beat the Odds program has proven to be a viable model for bringing about positive behavioral changes in students and more importantly, has succeeded in being a useful tool for helping kids stay in school. Remo’s trained facilitators will have visited 608 classrooms in 5 school districts training 7,200 students.

Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds has launched a web site (www.rocktherhythm.org) showcasing a countdown clock timed to zero out at 10:30 AM on the day of the event, along with links to the latest project news, information on participating organizations, and the “Video of the Day.”

MakeMusic, Inc. recently announced a partnership with acclaimed percussionist, clinician, educator and composer Michael McIntosh to incorporate percussion arrangements he creates for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps into theSmartMusic software, in effect sharing The Cavaliers experience with percussionists worldwide.MakeMusic, Inc. recently announced a partnership with acclaimed percussionist, clinician, educator and composer Michael McIntosh to incorporate percussion arrangements he creates for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps into theSmartMusic software, in effect sharing The Cavaliers experience with percussionists worldwide.

As McIntosh creates the percussion music the seven-time world champion Cavaliers will play this summer, it will appear in the SmartMusic repertoire. As a result, Cavaliers percussionists will be able to practice the new music in SmartMusic at home before they attend their monthly training camps, ensuring camp time is spent fine-tuning performances, rather than learning rhythms.

In addition, aspiring percussionists of all ages and skill levels will have access to this same repertoire through SmartMusic, enabling them to study and practice along with The Cavaliers’ drumline. Those who aspire to become part of this elite corps can experience first-hand what it takes and see how the show is refined over several months.

Connect with fans via social networks from the SmartMusic and Finale Community pages.

This weekend (April 27-29), over thirty leaders and advocates for El Sistema-inspired work in the United States will convene in Chicago to begin drafting documents needed to put additional shape to the El Sistema “field” in the United States and prepare to file for the organization. This weekend (April 27-29), over thirty leaders and advocates for El Sistema-inspired work in the United States will convene in Chicago to begin drafting documents needed to put additional shape to the El Sistema “field” in the United States and prepare to file for the organization. The convention will be hosted by the People’s Music School and will be facilitated by Crittendon Women’s Union President and CEO Elisabeth Babcock, who wrote a briefing paper for the project last fall. Interested parties can follow the progress at www.musicassociation.wordpress.com and continue to do so as the convention unfolds.

Presidential appointed artists Chuck Close, Yo-Yo Ma, and Damian Woetzel will join many others to work with schools in eight states as part of a new initiative called the Turnaround Arts initiative lead by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Presidential appointed artists Chuck Close, Yo-Yo Ma, and Damian Woetzel will join many others to work with schools in eight states as part of a new initiative called the Turnaround Arts initiative lead by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The program was developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council.

The Turnaround Arts initiative being launched in Washington, D.C. today will work to turn around low-performing schools with strategies that expand access to comprehensive music and arts education as part of the core curriculum. The program is designed to narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through the arts. Working in some of the nation’s lowest-performing elementary and middle schools, this program will test the hypothesis that high-quality and integrated arts education boosts academic achievement, motivates student learning, and improves school culture in the context of overall school reform.

Find out more at www.turnaroundarts.pcah.gov.

The NAMM Foundation has announced the results of its 13th annual Best Communities for Music Education(BCME) survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum.The NAMM Foundation has announced the results of its 13th annual Best Communities for Music Education(BCME) survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum.

In all, 176 communities were recognized in an announcement that comes in anticipation of NAMM's National Wanna Play Music Week, (May 7-13). The announcement of the 2012 Best Communities for Music Education campaign comes during a crucial time as school districts nationwide finalize budgets. The Best Community designation is a distinction worthy of pride, but is also a call to action for local music education advocates to help preserve and potentially expand access to their current music education programs. Each school receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey's grading process. The complete Best Communities for Music Education roster can be viewed at www.nammfoundation.org.

Symphony Publishing is a leading publishing company in the field of music business and music education with a variety of magazines, social media sites, web sites, apps, e-newsletters, and books.Symphony Publishing is a leading publishing company in the field of music business and music education with a variety of magazines, social media sites, web sites, apps, e-newsletters, and books.

We are planning a new social media launch in the music education field.  The ideal candidate will have proven sales and marketing experience, as well as a thorough knowledge of the music education field.  The position will include: contacting, establishing relationships, and closing deals with college music programs; developing and implementing sales strategy for the territory; and planning marketing strategies to reach the target market. Must have excellent communication skills and be comfortable with social networking tools and telephone and e-mail marketing.  Ideal candidate will be extremely organized and proficient at multi-tasking to sell an array of products simultaneously. Minimum 2 years experience with a college degree. 

Salary Competitive Benefits 401K/403B, Dental; Job Location: Needham Heights, MA 02494 USA. 

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A music teacher at Florida’s Miramar High School is turning heads for a very quick turnaround lately. A music teacher at Florida’s Miramar High School is turning heads for a very quick turnaround lately.

Band teacher Alvin Davis, has proudly taken charge of a group of students who are not only graduating from high school, but are enrolling in, and graduating from college. For the past 4 years the band director, Alvin Davis, has had a 100% graduation rate and enrollment in college.

Davis was also named the county and the state's Teacher of the Year. Davis, 35, has been teaching for 11 years, the last eight at Miramar High.

Davis was recently profiled by CBS News, who produced the video at the following link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7404214n&tag=contentMain;contentBody

In a keynote address to formally open the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), said arts education is key to helping to give all students a high-quality education.In a keynote address to formally open the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), said arts education is key to helping to give all students a high-quality education.

However, she said the committee sees arts education as a “wrench” to help repair what is wrong, not as a “flower.”Goslins discussed the 2011 PCAH report, Reinvesting in the Arts: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools. She said the 18-month study looked at arts education at Title 1 schools. In terms of teaching leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, “the arts have a large footprint,” she added. To read the complete report, visit pcah.gov.

 

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