Washington DC orchestra The National Philharmonic recently announced that it will begin partnering with the William E. Doar Public Charter School for the Performing Arts in an effort to get every student from kindergarten to 8th grade involved in music education.Washington DC orchestra The National Philharmonic recently announced that it will begin partnering with the William E. Doar Public Charter School for the Performing Arts in an effort to get every student from kindergarten to 8th grade involved in music education. According to the Washington Post, the program will include violin instruction for the youngest students, leading into piano and voice lessons with a concentration beginning in the 6th grade.

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Designer David Brothers has introduced a new orchestra chair designed to optimize musicians’ posture and breathing. Designer David Brothers has introduced a new orchestra chair designed to optimize musicians’ posture and breathing. Brothers, a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Art and Design, says that focusing a chair’s ability to influence those factors will ultimately produce a better-sounding orchestra. His chairs are made of a lightweight carbon fiber and can be tilted forward with adjustable lumbar support and height for musicians of all sizes and instrumentation.

The product was recently featured in an in-depth article in Wired here.

The Chicago Tribune has collected a comprehensive list of the country’s best summer classical music festivals that could be a useful tool in any educator or musical parent’s calendar. The Chicago Tribune has collected a comprehensive list of the country’s best summer classical music festivals that could be a useful tool in any educator or musical parent’s calendar. The write-up includes details on programs, nearby sights, and dining options at events such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood, the Glimmerglass festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Ravinia festival, and more.

Visit The Chicago Tribune to learn more.

The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported great news for Australian arts advocates – every student in the country’s school system will now study dance, drama, media arts, and visual arts until they’re 10. The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported great news for Australian arts advocates – every student in the country’s school system will now study dance, drama, media arts, and visual arts until they’re 10. Officials with the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) claimed that research had showed music programs in disadvantaged schools to boost the classroom participation of students and self-esteem to the point where it seemed to make sense to make the dramatic change in arts administration. Administrators also point to the country’s $30 billion creative arts field as a fertile field of employment opportunities.

Read the full story at the Sydney Morning Herald.

MakeMusic, Inc., creators of SmartMusic learning and assessment software, has announced the launch of the Music Education Standards and Assessment website MakeMusic, Inc., creators of SmartMusic learning and assessment software, has announced the launch of the Music Education Standards and Assessment website (online at www.musicstandards.org).

Music educators and administrators are increasingly aware of the rising expectations surrounding the measurement and documentation of student achievement. However, the design, funding and goals of arts assessment methodology vary widely at the state, the district and sometimes even the school level. The new website assembles this highly sought-after information, from all fifty states, in one place for the first time. As a result, music educators now have unprecedented access to vital information and best practices from across the country.

The website includes information on music standards, teacher evaluation policies and contacts for each state department of education and music educator association organizations. Visitors are given the opportunity to collaborate in a variety of ways, including providing updates and participating in state-level discussion forums. In addition to providing a platform for music educators, content from this site will also be used to support the National Symposium on Music Assessment, part of the National Association for Music Education's Music Education Week in Baltimore, June 24-25 (details at musiced.nafme.org).

View the Music Education Standards and Assessment website at www.musicstandards.org.

Fox News reports that University of Arkansas student Mitchell Moore won a spot on the school’s Razorback Marching Band, despite requiring cochlear implants to sense any sound at all. Fox News reports that University of Arkansas student Mitchell Moore won a spot on the school’s Razorback Marching Band, despite requiring cochlear implants to sense any sound at all.  Moore, born deaf in the right ear with minimal hearing in the left, began playing drums when he was three but had lost all hearing by the time he was eight.  In addition to the implants, Moore has also worked for years at learning to sense beats and sounds through the drum shells he held.  Moore also plans to study Bio-Medical Engineering in hopes of advancing technology for people with disabilities.

Read more at MyFoxAtlanta [http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/18680251/deaf-drummer].

The Times traces a resurgence in music from the 1993 founding of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music through the establishment in 2010 of the Palestine National Orchestra. The New York Times recently checked in on the increasing importance of Western classical music in Palestine. The music has a rich history there, including the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which was once Arturo Toscanini’s first conducting job and welcomed both Arab and Jewish musicians. Most performances throughout Palestine disappeared after the ‘60s, though.

The Times traces a resurgence in music from the 1993 founding of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music through the establishment in 2010 of the Palestine National Orchestra.  Read the article at the New York Times [http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/classical-music-makes-a-comeback-in-palestine/]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvbSQMg414k

“Make Music” celebrations will fill the air with music worldwide in 460 cities across 116 countries on June 21, 2012. “Make Music” celebrations will fill the air with music worldwide in 460 cities across 116 countries on June 21, 2012. National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is now lending promotional support to the growing Make Music New York celebration. Free concerts and hands-on, recreational music making opportunities will be open to all throughout the longest day of the year. Major participating U.S. cities include New York City, Chicago, and Pasadena, with new events launching in Denver, Los Angeles and Santa Fe.

A collection of over 1000 outdoor concerts in New York City will offer a diverse and exciting array of music, from large-scale spectacles to street-corner concerts in 424 public spaces throughout all five boroughs. Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, can join thousands on the streets of NYC and in other cities across the country for Make Music. The event began as a nationwide celebration in 1982 as France’s Fête de la Musique.

www.makemusicny.org

Under the stewardship of Omigbade Escayg, the Latin Percussion artist also known as “Cascadu” takes students in third through fifth grade on a rich musical journey. New York’s Brooklyn Charter School (BCS) has developed an innovative after-school program that focuses on percussion studies based on musical styles from across the globe, a program designed to put students at BCS in a better position to succeed in secondary school and beyond. Under the stewardship of Omigbade Escayg, the Latin Percussion artist also known as “Cascadu” takes students in third through fifth grade on a rich musical journey.

The BCS after-school percussion curriculum has also offered instruction from other renowned LP artists like Grammy-nominated recording artist/percussionist Wilson “Chembo“ Corniel, as well as author and educator, Victor Rendón. The program is now in its fourth year. For more information on The Brooklyn Charter School, visit www.BrooklynCharter.org.

The New York prank collective Improv Everywhere recently organized what it called a Car Alarm Symphony, with a video cruising the internet now.The New York prank collective Improv Everywhere recently organized what it called a Car Alarm Symphony, with a video cruising the internet now. The group has become internet-famous for filling a Best Buy with employee clones and for stopping time in Grand Central Terminal with hundreds of strangers turning into frozen living statues. This time, the group gathered 100 volunteers to park their cars outside a shopping mall. Each driver then hid behind a wall and simultaneously pressed their panic buttons.  A blasting, dissonant chaos ensued…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FvfVMJZfojs

 


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