California’s Allan Hancock College recently received the largest financial gift to the college in school history, and it came from the estate of former faculty member Patty Boyd. California’s Allan Hancock College recently received the largest financial gift to the college in school history, and it came from the estate of former faculty member Patty Boyd. Boyd, who died last year at the age of 91, had been a popular local piano teacher and was a member of the pioneering Rice family, who were among the earliest settlers of Santa Maria Valley.

Boyd’s gift of $10-12 million is reportedly one of the largest in the history of any California Community College, and was made to ensure that doors will always be open to music and fine arts students at the college. A reception in Patty Boyd's honor is planned for April 15 at 3pm on campus.

www.hancockcollege.edu/

Entertainer Al Simmons recently visited the Marysville Public Library in Marysville, Kansas, for a workshop that introduced objects like tin cans and wrenches as musical instruments to about 30 excited elementary school students.Entertainer Al Simmons recently visited the Marysville Public Library in Marysville, Kansas, for a workshop that introduced objects like tin cans and wrenches as musical instruments to about 30 excited elementary school students.

“Music is everywhere,” Simmons said.  “The main thing is not to be afraid to make music and try new musical instruments.” Simmons’ workshop, “Sounds Crazy,” instructed students on how to make a wide variety of instruments and noise-makers using everything from drinking straws to wet strings.  He demonstrated easy ways to build rainsticks out of Styrofoam tubes, toothpicks, and corn kernels.  He led the group in a jam session and, at the event’s conclusion, donated to the library his “Al Simmons Collection,” which included three CDs, his book Counting Feathers, and his DVD, I Collect Rocks.

www.alsimmons.com

 

Students at Hopewell, Virginia’s Patrick Copeland Elementary School were one stop on a “Music in Our Schools” tour recently undertaken by the 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee.Students at Hopewell, Virginia’s Patrick Copeland Elementary School were one stop on a “Music in Our Schools” tour recently undertaken by the 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee. In that program, band members showcase various instruments, as well as lots of old and new music.

The band finds its way to various schools every year with the mission of providing young students with the experience of a live band.  It also hopes to highlight music as a real-world career option.  The band is set to perform at five schools this month, through April 19. The program will eventually provide over 6,500 students with the chance to see the band perform.

Music In Our Schools Month

The Support Music Coalition, led by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM), reacted quickly when the Lansing, Michigan School Board voted to cut music, art and physical education elementary teaching positions from the 2013-14 budget. The Support Music Coalition, led by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM), reacted quickly when the Lansing, Michigan School Board voted to cut music, art and physical education elementary teaching positions from the 2013-14 budget. The district wants to replace the teaching positions with “consultants.”

On March 29, SupportMusic.com issued a strongly worded statement that says in part:

“On behalf of the SupportMusic Coalition, we, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), strongly advise the Lansing School Board and Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul to carefully review the concerns of the greater Michigan arts education community regarding the recent decision to cut music, art and physical education elementary teaching positions from next year’s budget.

“Put simply, this is the removal of highly qualified, certified educators in favor of contract teachers who will operate under the guise of arts integration. Those of us who work within this world know that arts learning as an integrated subject is just not the same as standards-based, sequential learning.  We urge you to reconsider this decision.

“Such a decision would be, perhaps, understandable in light of the fiscal woes that currently beset many of our nation’s urban areas. It is, however, neither understandable nor defensible in terms of our collective responsibility to provide a full, balanced education to all of our children.”

Chris Woodside, NAfME assistant executive director, Center for Advocacy and Public Affairs, and Mary Luehrsen, executive of the NAMM Foundation signed the letter.

Read the full letter here: NAfME

Three individuals were inducted this year into Music for All’s Bands of America (BOA) Hall of Fame. Three individuals were inducted this year into Music for All’s Bands of America (BOA) Hall of Fame. The 2013 inductees are James Campbell, Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky; Bruce K. Dinkins, a nationally respected and recognized band director most recently at James Bowie H.S. in Austin, Texas and Irmo H.S. in Columbia, S.C.; and Vic Firth, founder of leading stick and mallet manufacturer Vic Firth, Inc, music industry legend and former principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have greatly impacted Bands of America, which is a program of Music for All, as well as the nation’s band activity and music education. These new recipients were inducted during the Gala Awards Banquet, Saturday evening, March 16 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis during the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Hall of Fame members are recognized permanently in the Bands of America “Hall of Fame” in Music for All’s corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

James Campbell’s history with Music for All spans more than three decades, as an adjudicator, clinician and evaluator. He has previously served as the Bands of America Chief Judge and as percussion coordinator at the Music for All Summer Symposium, developing and naming the student National Percussion Symposium division and creating the Drum Instructor Academy (now the Percussion Specialist Academy), which provides training and professional development for percussion educators. Currently Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Mr. Campbell also holds the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic.

Bruce Dinkins was a respected band director, whose ensembles were among the finest to participate in Music for All programs, including Bands of America Championships and the Music for All National Festival. His bands, including at Irmo H.S. in Columbia, S.C. and James Bowie H.S. in Austin, Texas, are recognized as some of the finest in the country and are many-time BOA Regional Finalists and Champions and National finalists. Mr. Dinkins passed away June 22, 2011 in Ashland, Oregon at the age of 60. His wife, Hildy Dinkins, accepted the award on his behalf, with his two children and other family and friends in attendance.

Vic Firth is the Founder of Vic Firth, Inc., percussion stick and mallet manufacturer, Mr. Vic Firth has been a has supporter of Music for All’s programs as a sponsor through Vic Firth, Inc., a donor and a clinician. The Principal Timpani Chair of the Honor Orchestra of America is endowed by Mr. Firth, an example of his desire to support young musicians and Music for All’s educational programs.

LudwigMasters Publications and The Lorenz Corporation recently announce the sale of Latham Music to LudwigMasters Publications. LudwigMasters Publications and The Lorenz Corporation recently announce the sale of Latham Music to LudwigMasters Publications. String Editor Lynne Latham will be responsible for all new editions to the Latham catalog. The sale was completed in March.

www.ludwigmasters.com

The long-running Mondomusica conference brought its unique blend of violin manufacturer networking, education seminars, industry discussions, world class performances, and international buying power to the U.S. last weekend for the first time ever. The long-running Mondomusica conference brought its unique blend of violin manufacturer networking, education seminars, industry discussions, world class performances, and international buying power to the U.S. last weekend for the first time ever.  Mondomusica New York included 162 exhibitors in a packed hall in the heart of Manhattan.

CremonaFiere president Antonio Piva told SBO that the organization is taking a different approach with their American show. “In Italy, the show is focused on dealers and buyers,” he said.  “The show in Italy is bigger at around 300 exhibitors. But this is an American show for the American public. The American market, composed of musicians, schools, and orchestras, is huge.  I hope this exhibition will better work for such targets.”

The three-day festival included an exhibit hall open all day and master classes given throughout the day, including those from La Scala Theater concert master Francesco De Angelis and Verdi Conservatory quartet professor Roberto Tarenzi.  A lecture organized by the American Strings Teachers Association (ASTA) explored methods for avoiding “Performance Quicksand,” as cellist Jeffrey Solow described pros and cons of strategies for performance practice.  Discussions included a lecture on how to ensure correct string choices from Connolly Music and a panel on high-end violin investment options, and the weekend also featured performances by groups like the Shanghai Quartet and the Verdi Quartet. A special program put on by Japanese television network NHK presented a “scientific blind taste test,” where the audience and a panel of experts rated the sounds of genuine Stradivarius violins alongside modern instruments played from behind a screen.

www.mondomusicanewyork.com

Venezuelan music education pioneer Jose Antonio Abreu will receive an honorary doctorate during the Cleveland Institute of Music's 88th Annual Commencement Ceremony in May in recognition of his work with the groundbreaking “El Sistema” music education program.Venezuelan music education pioneer Jose Antonio Abreu will receive an honorary doctorate during the Cleveland Institute of Music's 88th Annual Commencement Ceremony in May in recognition of his work with the groundbreaking “El Sistema” music education program.

The 73-year-old Abreu founded El Sistema in 1975 and it has since become famous for providing education and social opportunities for thousands of Venezuelan youths of all classes. The program has been widely emulated throughout the world. Among its alumni is Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Cleveland Orchestra violinist Isabel Trautwein founded an El Sistema program at Cleveland's Rainey Institute in 2011 and will receive an alumni award from the institute at this same upcoming commencement ceremony.

www.cim.edu

NAMM) VH1 Save The Music Foundation and NAfME present award for rebuilding of West Virginia music education programs.In a Capitol Hill ceremony attended by musical artists and other advocates for music education, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va), Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) and Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, were each honored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), VH1 Save The Music Foundation and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and presented with the SupportMusic Award from NAMM for their leadership of the statewide rebuild of West Virginia music education programs. The awards were presented by NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond, VH1 Save the Music Foundation chairman Tom Calderone, and the students from the Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Middle School jazz ensemble.

The honorees were also treated to a rare joint performance by the Shepherdstown Middle School jazz ensemble and advocate-artists former NY Yankee and guitarist Bernie Williams and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who performed their spirited rendition of St. James Infirmary, a well-known, jazz standard. They started with a trombone solo in the style of early New Orleans jazz, then moved into a more contemporary style arrangement. Singer/songwriter/musician Vanessa Carlton saluted the students and senators with remarks. The Shepherdstown ensemble is a 2012 VH1 Save The Music Foundation grant recipient.

The SupportMusic Award presentation took place during NAMM’s annual D.C. Fly-In, during which 30 NAMM members, artists and other leaders of the music instrument and products industry convened to advocate to Congress on the importance of comprehensive music education in the nation’s schools. This year’s Fly-In included special events at the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Capitol, and more than 80 Capitol Hill meetings with congressional leaders.

www.vh1savethemusic.org and www.nafme.org

The MTNA Achievement Award is the organization’s highest honor, bestowed upon individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the music teaching profession...Alfred Music Publishing heads Morty and Iris Manus were honored with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Achievement Award at the Awards Brunch during the 2013 MTNA National Conference in March. The MTNA Achievement Award is the organization’s highest honor, bestowed upon individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the music teaching profession.

As president of Alfred Music Publishing, Morty has watched the company grow from a small importer of music for silent films under his father, Sam Manus, to the largest educational music publisher in the world with more than 90,000 active print, DVD, audio CD, enhanced CD, software and Blu-ray titles in international circulation. The company is made of composers and authors, as well as staff members in seven offices worldwide. Alfred publishes a variety of music genres for all levels of difficulty, from novice to expert. The styles include educational, reference, pop and performance pieces for teachers, students, hobbyists and performers.

His wife Iris is vice president and executive producer of Alfred. She began work on a full-time basis in the late 1960s as executive producer and a member of upper management.

www.mtna.org

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