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  • Stashing Broadway Pit Orchestras in the Basement

    Josh Harris | March 29, 2012The New York Times recently investigated a new trend in professional pit orchestra practices – hiding them several rooms (or floors) away from the live action. In many New York shows this year, such as “Carrie” and “Spider-Man,” orchestras are finding themselves far from the stage, left to play along to closed circuit televisions. The […] Read More...
  • U. of Akron’s MonsterPianos! Concert Teams Up 24 Pianists On Stage

    Josh Harris | March 29, 2012The University of Akron outdid itself again last week at its sixth annual MonsterPianos! Concert, this time culminating in 24 pianists sharing the stage together on eight grand pianos. The concert attracted over 1,000 spectators and included performances from 41 pianists in total, all from the U.A. School of Music. The school is currently in […] Read More...
  • Kennedy Center Honors Band Director John M. Long with Sondheim Award

    Josh Harris | March 29, 2012The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has named Dr. John M. Long, director of bands emeritus at Troy University, as one of 10 winners of the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. Seventeen of Dr. Long’s former students from Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery and Troy University submitted letters of nomination. Each […] Read More...
  • Music For All National Festival

    Josh Harris | March 15, 2012Outstanding student musicians from across the country are gathering in Indianapolis for the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, from today through Saturday, March 17. Outstanding student musicians from across the country are gathering in Indianapolis for the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, from today through Saturday, March 17. The […] Read More...
  • Edible Instruments?

    Josh Harris | March 15, 2012Two brothers in Beijing are making a name for themselves by crafting musical instruments out of vegetables. Two brothers in Beijing are making a name for themselves by crafting musical instruments out of vegetables. Using carrots, potatoes, yams, and other edible items, the two have made flutes, ocarinas, whistles, and other perfectly playable – and […] Read More...
  • CSO Honors Area Educators

    Josh Harris | March 15, 2012The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is set to honor three local music educators for their contributions to music education. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is set to honor three local music educators for their contributions to music education. John S. Long, chairman of the Pinkerton High School Central music department, will be presented with the Music Educator […] Read More...
  • NAfME Elects Next President

    Josh Harris | March 15, 2012The National Association for Music Education announced the results of its 2012 national and divisional elections. The National Association for Music Education announced the results of its 2012 national and divisional elections. NAfME members elected Glenn E. Nierman national president-elect for 2012-2014. Nierman, associate director of the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) School of Music, is […] Read More...
  • New York Arts Program Brings ‘Harmony’ to Low-Income Students

    Josh Harris | March 1, 2012Serving mostly low-income children in New York City, an innovative music education program called Harmony provides free instruments and daily music lessons to public school children in third through sixth grades.Serving mostly low-income children in New York City, an innovative music education program called Harmony provides free instruments and daily music lessons to public school […] Read More...
  • Petition Calls to Protect Music Education

    Josh Harris | March 1, 2012Ontario newspaper The Recorder and Times recently reported on a petition to declare music as “protected” subject in its schools. Ontario newspaper The Recorder and Times recently reported on a petition to declare music as “protected” subject in its schools. The petition has so far earned 1,600 signatures hoping to preserve music education in the province’s elementary […] Read More...
  • One More Week to Vote for NAMM’s Best Communities for Music Education Survey

    Josh Harris | March 1, 2012The 2012 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey will remain open until Friday, March 9, 2012.The 2012 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey will remain open until Friday, March 9, 2012. Going strong in its 13th year, the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Survey is a nationwide search for communities whose programs […] Read More...
  • ISME Presents NAMM with the Global Sonar Award

    Josh Harris | March 1, 2012The International Society for Music Education (ISME) presented its inaugural ISME Global Sonar Award to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the NAMM Foundation for the organization’s invaluable support and ongoing efforts to understand, celebrate, and promote music learning across all ages.The International Society for Music Education (ISME) presented its inaugural ISME Global […] Read More...
  • Kid Rock Teams with Detroit Symphony Orchestra

    Josh Harris | March 1, 2012Notorious rock and roller (and Detroit native) Kid Rock has announced a partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra that will lead to a May 12 benefit concert at Detroit’s Fox Theatre for the orchestra, which hopes to raise $1 million from the event. Notorious rock and roller (and Detroit native) Kid Rock has announced a […] Read More...
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