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Audience at Belmont Village Retirement Home

Audience at Belmont Village Retirement Home

This past summer, I posted an ambitious article titled “50 Ways to Change the World Through Music” and asked teachers to help me come up with 50 ideas to put on the list. Well, I didn’t get up to the number 50, but with the help of my students, friends, and a few posters on this blog, I was able to compile a list of 38. I started the school year off by explaining to each student and parent that this year we would have a theme and the theme would be “Music and Service”. Each student received a copy of the list. I explained to them that I wanted them to try and complete at least 15 items on the list by the end of the school year. At the end of the year recital, each student who does this will receive a special certificate.

Some items on the list are simple, like #8: “Play music for your dogs.” (Yup, every student did this one first ;).) Others require more planning, like #13: [···]

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Why do you study music?

That’s an easy question to answer. Of course we know why we study music. There’s the emotional engagement, the intellectual stimulation, the act self-expression, the knowledge gained of other cultures, times and places, the escape from reality that music provides… the list goes on. We know why we study music, but do you know why your students study music? [···]

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daily observations “classical music insights” Charles Noble is the Assistant principal violist of the Oregon Symphony.  He blogs about his experiences with the orchestra, as well as his deep love of good coffee.  Follow Charles on Twitter.

Dial “M” for Musicology “Music, Musicology, and Related Matters.”   “This is a musicology group blog that features the prose stylings of Jonathan Bellman (University of Northern Colorado) and Phil Ford (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music). It is a place for us to work ideas out publicly in what is still, for our field, a somewhat new medium. We are members of the American Musicological Society, but our views are entirely our own and should not be taken as representative of the AMS or any other academic organization. “Dial ‘M’ for Musicology” is an academic blog, but it wants to be friends with everyone. Welcome to all critics, musicians, bedroom air-guitarists, louche aesthetes, prickly autodidacts, and random passers-by!”  There are also several new contributors who have joined the fold.  Often thought-provoking and always interesting, this is a great place to find things to think about.  4-8 posts monthly.

dramma per musica “My name is Bob Kingston. I’m a librarian, free-lance musicologist, lapsed bass-baritone, and self-professed opera fanatic living in Portland, Oregon.  I give all of the pre-performance talks for the Portland Opera, and I also lead music history classes for the company’s Studio Artists. I love collecting historic vocal recordings, and I often use examples of these in my classes and presentations. So, don’t be surprised if I post a clip of some obscure Russian tenor or Italian baritone from time to time.”  4-12 posts monthly.  I enjoy Bob’s tweets immensely.  Follow Bob on Twitter. [···]

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