Month: November 2013

How Important Is Music Education In Schools?

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New Framework for Music Education

Krystopher previously learned to play clarinet and took private lessons four days a week for four years. He currently participates in his middle school band playing percussion. When asked what level of dedication is needed to be successful in music, he replied “A lot!” In New Jersey, River Edge’s Teacher of the Year, music teacher Kelly Dent said she enjoys watching students express themselves in a cooperative setting. She called those moments “pure magic.” “The experience can be as simple as performing a hand clapping game with a partner, or as complex as a four part canon, but the result is the same- an improvement in emotional well-being and enhanced sensitivity to the needs of others, Dent said. In this way, music programs, especially those focused on making music, play an essential role in the development of social skills and emotional awareness in students.” In addition to the potential benefits of engaging in musical activities, exposing children to music at a young age may even open an avenue towards a career.
For more information, visit http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/03/28/how-important-is-music-education-in-schools/

‘Quality music education should be a universal right’

There are signs that effective music education for all school students may become one of the governments priorities. To attain the goal there are certain basic things that must be done urgently. Australian National Music Curriculum Must be Built Across Australia there is no coherence in the music curricula used by different systems in different states. Once music is firmly included as a key learning area in the National Curriculum, the Australian Government must ensure that a music curriculum for the whole country is created by the National Curriculum Board. It must ensure that music education is inclusive, continuous, sequential and developmental. The curriculum should be based on the Seares Reports Guidelines for Effective Music Education, with the Queensland music curriculum as an additional guide.
For more information, visit http://suite101.com/a/new-framework-for-music-education-a53094

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She is an affiliate of the Trinity Guildhall School of Music, London. She focuses on training students in Western music and she is the only one to include ‘Rock N Pop’ as a genre in her teachings. She attended the Music Learning Live! Asia Fringe on 24-25th of October, 2013 held in Singapore. She was the only one from India to attend this conference; that was attended by about 180 musicians from countries like Philippines, China, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. The conference was aimed at making music more interesting for children to learn. “Music is a human right and quality music education should be a universal entitlement.
For more information, visit http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/music/news-and-interviews/Quality-music-education-should-be-a-universal-right/articleshow/26618904.cms

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Berlin’s Most Fun Music Venue Is A Jamaican Bar With A Fake Beach

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Concert photos by the L.A. Times

(YAAM / Facebook) Also By August Brown November 27, 2013, 2:35 p.m. If any Pop & Hiss readers were wondering where your intrepid dance music writer was the last week, I’m thrilled to say that the short answer is this: a Jamaican vegan trap-music bar with a “Cool Runnings” theme and a fake beach that abuts the Berlin Wall in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Sure, Berghain’s just down the street. But for what it’s worth, I’m siding with YAAM as my favorite nightclub in Berlin, which is the best nightclub city on Earth right now. I was over there visiting an ex-patriated old friend and full-time Berliner musician. While making our nightlife plans, he admitted he had mixed emotions about techno-tourist spots such as Weekend and Berghain that, while essential to contemporary dance music, are kind of overwhelming and an emotional rollercoster to actually enter. Plus, it was roughly 25 degrees at night, and I was woefully underpacked to be standing in line for three hours outside a spot such as Tresor .
For more information, visit http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-berlin-fun-music-venue-jamaican-trapmusic-bar-fake-beach-20131127,0,7486172.story

Malian music by moonlight seems far from country’s woes

Tamikrest perform at the Sahel music festival in the Lompoul desert in Senegal November 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jean-Francois Huertas

7:30 pm. $12.50. Information: http://www.grcc.edu/music/performance-calendar Dec. 8 BALLETMORE PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER (Stage), East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center, 2211 Lake Dr. SE. 2 and 7 pm.
For more information, visit http://www.mlive.com/onthetown/index.ssf/2013/11/holiday_music_to_get_you_in_th.html

Holiday music to get you in the mood for the season

Now Iranian President Hassan Rouhani , who was elected in August on a moderate and reform-tinged agenda, has his own version of the “Yes We Can” music video. It’s called “Aspirations,” and it’s pretty much a carbon copy of the 2008 Obama video, right down to the swelling music and the use of sign language, except that the performers are Iranian and they’re singing in Farsi. Oh, and the speech they’re reciting is not a campaign speech but Rouhani’s Aug. 3 inauguration speech , after formally accepting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s blessing to take the office of the president (Iran’s political system is a little different from ours). Here’s the video, and below that, some snips from the speech, translated into English: I don’t have a full English translation of the speech, but it opens : “In the presence of the holy Koran and before the nation, I swear to the omnipotent God to safeguard the official religion of the country and the Islamic Republic as well as the country’s constitution.” Here are some quotes from the speech, as it was translated in write-up by Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian : The government of hope and prudence wants to bring back happiness to Iranians lives, Rouhani said, referring to his campaigns motto.
For more information, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/11/26/iranian-president-rouhani-now-has-his-own-yes-we-can-music-video/

Iranian President Rouhani now has his own ‘Yes, We Can’ music video

In keeping with this spirit, the local population can attend the festival for free and they wander in and out of concerts unhindered by fences or walls, mixing with a crowd of middle-class Senegalese and expatriates from the capital Dakar. Beneath Mauritanian tents, a storyteller tells moral fables inspired by the oral tradition of Senegal’s nomadic Fula people as children design artwork from desert sand. “This festival is my personal revolt against this idea that the Sahel is just a region of catastrophes – migrants, drought, attacks,” Rodriguez, a Spaniard who has lived in Senegal for 25 years, told Reuters. Among the artists invited were singers from the griot caste, known as poets and historians. Mansour Seck, a blind Senegalese griot dressed in flowing aqua robes known as a “grand boubou”, swayed gently as he sang, his face occasionally bursting into a boyish smile. The lyrics, sung in both Wolof and Fula, recall great harvests and sorrows in the region such as the massacre of Senegalese soldiers at the camp of Thiaroye in 1944 – the increasingly frantic sting-plucking recalling the sounds of gunshots.
For more information, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/27/us-sahel-music-idUSBRE9AP14320131127

Best For Music: Ps4 Or Xbox One?

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Police: 3 sisters imprisoned in Tucson home, tortured with music

[It could also work with] dance games those types of integrations are all things that we can do because [Sony Music Unlimited] is integrated at the system level.” Xbox One Microsoft offers a “snap” feature that makes it easy to toggle back and forth between your games and apps, including Xbox Music. It’s nicely branded, but it doesn’t do what the PS4 does, which is play the music of your choice in a game without killing the game’s sound effects. “On Xbox One you will be able to play music during other activities, including gameplay, using the Snap feature,” confirmed Microsoft Xbox One spokeswoman Amanda Barry by email. “While you will need to choose between listening to the game sounds and soundtrack or your music, in-game chat will work with both.” So there you have it: If you want to achieve the gaming music fan dream of putting your own music into games, PS4 is the better choice today, and could get even more interesting tomorrow. However, if you go with the Xbox One for other reasons, you’ll at least be able to play your own music while playing, but without the game’s sound effects. Audio Outputs Both boxes have optical audio outputs. That means that, with a single wire, you can get glorious, uncompressed stereo or surround sound out of the console and into your relatively modern sound system or, if you’re a serious audiophile, into your standalone DAC (we like this one because it’s also a portable music player).
For more information, visit http://gizmodo.com/best-for-music-ps4-or-xbox-one-1472204622

Best For Music: PS4 or Xbox One?

“What the kids are telling us, it was 24-7 either loud music or static,” Villasenor said. Cameras were installed in the girls’ bedrooms, and if it appeared the girls liked the music, they were then exposed to white noise or static, he said. The girls were “extremely dirty” and told police they hadn’t bathed in at least four months, according to the incident report. “They were kept in filthy living conditions and allegedly only being fed once a day,” it said. Investigators also found evidence that they were forced to use their bedroom closets as a bathroom, according to the report. Diaries kept by Ariel Castro’s captives show torment, trauma A reporter during the Wednesday news conference told Villasenor that the girls’ grandmother accused the three of exaggerating their plight, saying the girls were home schooled and not allowed outside because their parents didn’t like the neighborhood. Several pieces of evidence suggest otherwise, the chief said, citing specifically a journal documenting the last 18 months found in the 17-year-old’s satchel.
For more information, visit http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/27/justice/tucson-arizona-captive-girls/index.html

Music-based program may boost seniors’ brain function, mood

Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A music-based training program that challenges both the body and the mind may improve brain function and mood among seniors, suggests a new study from Switzerland. “The take-home message is that 6-months of music-based multitask training (i.e., Jaques-Dalcroze eurhythmics) – a specific training regimen which was previously shown to be effective in improving gait and reducing falls – has beneficial effects on cognition and mood in older adults,” Dr. Melany Hars, of Geneva University Hospitals, told Reuters Health in an email. Jacques-Dalcroze eurhythmics was developed in the early part of the 20th century by the Swiss composer Emile Jaques-Dalcroze as a way to better understand music through movement. It is practiced worldwide, particularly in the fields of music, theater, dance and therapy, according to Hars. A typical Jacques-Dalcroze session involves participants adapting their movements to the rhythmic changes of improvised piano music. In Hars’ study, the participants were challenged to perform specific multitasking skills, such as walking to the rhythm of a piano while handling a percussion instrument and responding to changes in the piano’s rhythm.
For more information, visit http://news.yahoo.com/music-based-program-may-boost-seniors-brain-function-215319185.html

Music wrapped up in a bow: 2013 hit collections and boxed sets

“Mrs. Robinson,” “Kodachrome” “Love Me Like a Rock” are some of the omissions). Rather, it should be seen as a compact overview of Simon’s extraordinary career as a songwriter beginning with early S & G iconic folk rock hits “The Sounds of Silence” and “Bridge Over Troubled Waters; through ’70s solo hits “Still Crazy After All these Years”; to his explorations in the mid ’80s and ’90s of South African and world music in “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and “Spirit Voices.” It’s a fine introduction for new fans, but for those wanting more, there’s also the “Complete Album Collection,” which contains every Paul Simon solo studio and live record released, making it a total of 15 discs. Singer/songwriter John Fogerty performs at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as he tours in support of his new album, “Revival” Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, in Las Vegas. GETTY IMAGES/Ethan Miller Creedence Clearwater Revival “Creedence Clearwater Revival” One of the most important bands in rock and roll history, Creedence Clearwater Revival produced an amazing amount of hit music between 1967 and 1972 that defined a generation: such legendary hits as “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Fortunate Son” and “Bad Moon Rising” continue to resonate. Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist John Fogerty, CCR made the most authentic-sounding American roots and swamp rock music that ever came out of Southern California.
For more information, visit http://www.cbsnews.com/news/music-wrapped-up-in-a-bow-2013-hit-collections-and-boxed-sets/

Hari-sukhmani And Punjabi Folk Lure

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In a chat with TOI, Sukhmani, the Chandigarh-born, Rampur Gharana-bred singer whose performances on Coke Studio won her admirers across the country, spoke about her ‘connection’ with Hari and music that comes from their heart. Excerpts. How did you come together as a musical pair? We met through a common friend and instantly connected with each other. What define your music? Music has to touch hearts. That happens when it comes from the heart.
For more information, visit http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Hari-Sukhmani-and-Punjabi-folk-lure/articleshow/26544820.cms

Holiday Music To Get You In The Mood For The Season

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$35$25. Information: http://www.calvin.edu/music Dec. 68 HARKUP 2013 (Music), DeVos Center for Arts & Worship, 2300 Plymouth SE. Fri & Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $70$10.
For more information, visit http://www.mlive.com/onthetown/index.ssf/2013/11/holiday_music_to_get_you_in_th.html

Music and Nightlife Capewide: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

“Mrs. Robinson,” “Kodachrome” “Love Me Like a Rock” are some of the omissions). Rather, it should be seen as a compact overview of Simon’s extraordinary career as a songwriter beginning with early S & G iconic folk rock hits “The Sounds of Silence” and “Bridge Over Troubled Waters; through ’70s solo hits “Still Crazy After All these Years”; to his explorations in the mid ’80s and ’90s of South African and world music in “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and “Spirit Voices.” It’s a fine introduction for new fans, but for those wanting more, there’s also the “Complete Album Collection,” which contains every Paul Simon solo studio and live record released, making it a total of 15 discs. Singer/songwriter John Fogerty performs at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as he tours in support of his new album, “Revival” Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, in Las Vegas. GETTY IMAGES/Ethan Miller Creedence Clearwater Revival “Creedence Clearwater Revival” One of the most important bands in rock and roll history, Creedence Clearwater Revival produced an amazing amount of hit music between 1967 and 1972 that defined a generation: such legendary hits as “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Fortunate Son” and “Bad Moon Rising” continue to resonate.
For more information, visit http://www.cbsnews.com/news/music-wrapped-up-in-a-bow-2013-hit-collections-and-boxed-sets/

Music wrapped up in a bow: 2013 hit collections and boxed sets

Nov. 29: Bart Weisman Jazz Group featuring Carol Wyeth. Nov. 30: Bart Weisman Jazz Group featuring Shawnn Monteiro. Dec. 6: Bart Weisman jazz group featuring Paul Nossiter. Dec.
For more information, visit http://www.wickedlocal.com/capecod/entertainment/x348812179/Music-and-Nightlife-Capewide-Nov-29-to-Dec-5

Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center Returns To St. Cecilia Music Center For Second Season

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Clarinetist David Shifrin, former artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, returns to Grand Rapids on May 8, 2014, for a program including Brahms’ Sonata in E-flat major for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120, No. 2 with pianist Inon Barnatan. A newly commissioned work by Chinese composer Zhou Long for clarinet, violin, viola and piano will receive its American premiere in Grand Rapids with violinist Benjamin Beilman and violist Paul Neubauer joining Shifrin and Barnatan. Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for music for his opera “Madame White Snake,” Zhou Long was awarded the 2012-13 Elise L.
For more information, visit http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/11/chamber_music_society_of_linco_3.html

Chamber Music Night Arrives After Semester-Long Prep

This was followed by music by the oldest composer, Nick Benavides. The piece was a prelude and fugue based on the song Old Friends from Bookends, the 1968 album of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. As might be guessed, the distinctive opening interval of this song emerged as a key motif, although I had a bit more trouble detecting the essence of the song in the fugal treatment. For me this was a rather engaging bit of nostalgia, leaving me thinking about how the source material predated the composers birth by about two decades. The final selection was De Profundis by Danny Clay, who currently runs the Guerrila Composers Guild with Benavides.
For more information, visit http://www.examiner.com/article/music-by-guerilla-composers-at-the-conservatory-brass-chamber-music-recital

Music by ‘guerilla composers’ at the Conservatory Brass Chamber Music recital

Mood Swings

Her instruction of the clarinets started at the beginning of fall semester. Two practices per weekin their ensembles, then with their coachhave prepared the 12 students for Tuesdays concert, which is expected to last just under an hour. Several of the nights performers will even appear in more than one ensemble. A few flutes can be found in both flute ensembles, and a clarinet and flute from their respective quartets appear in the woodwind quintet. Alyson Hubrig, a senior majoring in mathematics, is in two flute ensembles and in the woodwind quintet. Zach Pavlicek, a junior studying music is in both the clarinet quartet and woodwind quintet. Besides making double appearances in ensembles, some of the performers are also double majors.
For more information, visit http://www.ndsuspectrum.com/a-e/chamber-music-night-arrives-after-semester-long-prep-1.3124315

Chico Hamilton, Jazz Drummer And Composer, Dies At 92

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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2003 file photo, Diane Disney Miller poses for photographers as she arrives for a grand opening concert gala at the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, has died at her home in Napa, California. She was 79. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

As a child, Mr. Hamilton saw the Duke Ellington orchestra and was enraptured by drummer Sonny Greer. The band members sat on tiers in those days, Mr. Hamilton said in 1987, so there at the very top and in the center was this drummer who seemed to have so many drums that I could barely see him. I never got over that. In high school, Mr. Hamilton played in groups with other rising jazz stars, including Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus and Illinois Jacquet.
For more information, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/chico-hamilton-jazz-drummer-and-composer-dies-at-92/2013/11/26/0c5ce4a4-56cd-11e3-835d-e7173847c7cc_story.html