This August, the California Music Educators Association issued a statement on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education.

“As a result of Governor Brown’s new Local Control Funding Formula, California now has the opportunity to provide all students with a sequential, standards-based education in music and the arts,” said CMEA president Michael Stone,

 

Here’s the statement in full:

As Californians, we task our children to be career-ready innovators capable of creating a future that will sustain the largest and most innovative economy in the Nation. Our educational system also values educating our young people so that they become lifelong learners and citizens who actively participate in our democracy. Training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) are key to producing the next generation of problem solvers in California.

Read more: CMEA Offers Statement on STEAM

Jay Wanamaker takes the helm at Amati USA

Wind instrument maker Amati USA has announced that industry veteran Jay Wanamaker has been named the company's new president & COO. Jay will oversee all Amati U.S. operations, including Amati Woodwind & Brass Instruments and V.F. Cerveny Brass Instruments, as well as overseeing the Strunal String Instrument brand.

Read more: Amati USA Names New President

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) heads back to Music City for its 2nd Annual NAfME National In-Service Conference. The weekend-long conference includes over 100 sessions for music educators in a variety of areas of interest. Collegiate member attendees will also have the chance to engage in professional development programs.

Read more: Nashville NAfME In-Service Conference Set for October 26-29

At the 2014 Drum Corps International World Championship Finals on Saturday, Aug. 9 in Indianapolis, the Blue Devils from Concord, California notched their 16th world championship, and fourth in the past six years, capping the group’s sixth undefeated season. The Blue Devils set a record high score at the finals competition of 99.650, which was .50 higher than the previous record, which was held by the 2002 Cavaliers and 2005 Cadets.

Read more: Blue Devils Win DCI Championships

Trumpeter Sean Jones Named Chair of Berklee College of Music’s Brass Department

 

Berklee College of Music has named noted trumpeter Sean Jones chair of the college’s Brass Department. Jones will build on the legacy of the department and ensure that graduates have the skills to thrive in a music industry that is ever-changing. He succeeds trombonist Tom Plsek, who served as chair for 25 years. Jones is an internationally acclaimed composer and trumpeter who just released his seventh album as a leader, im•pro•vise = never before seen, on Mack Avenue Records.

“Sean Jones brings an amazing portfolio to Berklee – performances at the highest level with the greatest musicians of his and prior generations, successful teaching experience, personal commitment and integrity as an artist, and a desire to help foster future great contemporary musicians,” said Berklee president Roger H. Brown.  “We are very excited to welcome Sean to our musical family.”

Read more: Sean Jones Named Berklee Brass Chair

Music Business and Education Students Invited to Apply for NAMM’s President’s Innovation Award


The NAMM Foundation encourages students preparing for careers in the music products industry to apply for the NAMM President’s Innovation Award. Awardees receive financial support to attend NAMM’s annual music products trade show, January 22-25, 2015 in Anaheim, CA.

The NAMM President's Innovation Award is open to students currently enrolled in music business and/or music education courses. Award recipients receive $600 to cover the expense of attending the NAMM Show. At the show, awardees participate in Generation Next programs, have countless networking opportunities with music industry leaders, and explore the show.

Read more: NAMM's President's Innovation Award

Educator Anita Collins and animator/director Sharon Colman Graham recently released a TED-Ed video that highlights some of the actual neurological benefits to playing music. Spoiler alert: "Playing a musical instrument engages practically every area of the brain at once." The video is full of similarly powerful soundbytes about the unique and impactful mental benefits of playing music. 

Take a moment to watch it for yourself here:

Read more: How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain: TED-Ed

Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program Shines Spotlight on Nine Outstanding Young Musicians

At the 26th annual Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Program, held June 21-23, 2014 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis, in conjunction with Yamaha’s Band and Orchestral Division, announced the 2014 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition Winners. Since 1988, the YYPA Program has recognized outstanding young jazz, classical and contemporary musicians.

The 2014 YYPA Winners include:

Read more: 2014 YYPA Artists

Lorin Maazel, an American conductor, composer, and violinist, passed away on July 13, 2014. Born in France, Maazel moved to the US early in life. He was recognized as a child prodigy and made his conducting debut at the age of eight, beginning a career that would see him leading many of the world’s great ensembles. His appointments included conductor or manager of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera, the Deutsch Oper Berlin, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, and the New York Philharmonic, among many others.

Read more: Lorin Maazel: 1930-2014

The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies has just approved a spending bill that includes cuts to valuable federal arts programs. The proposal, which allocates federal dollars for the upcoming 2015 fiscal year, would cut $8 million from the National Endowment for the Arts and an equal amount from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This is a decrease of roughly five percent from current funding levels. 

Read more: Congressional Panel Proposes Cuts to Federal Arts Funding

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