from jazz impact websiteDear Readers,

This website and blog on jazz is worth checking out:

From Jazz Impact:

Jazz is an art form unique to the modern world. Jazz isn’t about producing an object of art like a painting or a sculpture. Jazz is actually a social process that results in the constant creation of new ideas and innovative musical interaction.

The members of the high performance team called the jazz ensemble possess and practice a set of shared behaviors that we call the Five Dynamics of Jazz. These five dynamics captured in the acronym APRIL are:

  • Autonomy
  • Passion
  • Risk
  • Innovation
  • Listening

Want a career in music? Savvy is needed to make a living

And talent does matter

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Check out these audition myths

Realize your creative goals!

Read about the Fairport Project, another music education project making a difference

Get some innovative, inspiring ideas from these groundbreaking small orchestras

And look at a new model for orchestras:  Re-Imagining Orchestras from the Savvy Musician

See what’s hot in Holland: Dutch Orchestra hits No. 1 with Anti-Cuts Protest Song

Check out how sessions at Lincoln Center with Rob Kapilow are making classical music more accessible

And, Happy Birthday Minimalism! You’re 50

Podcast of the Week

Alex Ross on Listen to This, on Amazon

Listen To This

Video of the Week

Where Good Ideas Come From (Thanks to Keith Hampton at UW-Madison)

“I try to demystify the art to some extent, dispel the hocus-pocus, while still respecting the boundless human complexity that gives it life.” The tricky thing, he adds, “is not to describe a sound but to describe a human being.”

– Alex Ross on “Listen to This” – the recent collection of essays we’ll be discussing here starting 12/1/11


The Guardian found it to be so nice they reviewed it twice!

From their “Books” section:

From their “Observer” section:


Happy Weekend!

November 23, 2011

Wishing all of our readers a restful and safe Thanksgiving weekend!

The Weekly Digest will return next week.

And keep an eye out for postings on Alex Ross’s “Listen to This,” starting the beginning of December.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts and joining the discussion with us.

Laura Lentz for IPAP

At this time of year, I’m always (naturally) reminded of things for which we should give thanks. First and foremost, it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to work with my amazing new colleagues here at Mizzou and to continue to work with New Music Everywhere in Madison. And of course it’s a treat to collaborate with the visionary folks at Arts Enterprise and USASBE who are working so hard to make such good in this world.
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Hello Everybody,

It is with great pleasure that I’m announcing a special upcoming project that will be taking place here on the IPAP blog.  Beginning Thursday, December 1st, we will be featuring a number of articles and postings centered around “Listen To This” the recent essay collection by Alex Ross, which is now newly available in paperback.  For most days over an approximately two week period the majority of our authors will be posting reaction pieces to various chapters and/or overarching issues from the book, starting at the top with our authors’ many and varied reactions to Mr. Ross’s expansive first chapter “Listen To This: Crossing the Border from Classical to Pop.”

The book can be found at Amazon here:

or here for the Kindle edition:

You may also find the book at your local public library and/or independent bookseller.

Take a Stand 2012 Symposium

Jan 30-Feb 1, 2012, LOS ANGELES


The inaugural Take a Stand Symposium focuses on driving the collective thinking of the El Sistema movement forward. Through inspiring speakers, interactive workshops, and global networking opportunities, attendees will gain compelling tools to turn inspiration into action.

January 30 highlights:
• Experience the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and YOLA – Gustavo Dudamel’s signature El Sistema-inspired program at the LA Phil – in a joint rehearsal and concert
• Learn alongside NEC’s third class of Abreu Fellows as they present findings from a survey of U.S. núcleos
• Network with your region to explore connections and growth

January 31 highlights:
• Gain insights from international núcleo leaders and teachers on program implementation, including: building a teaching philosophy, hiring staff, and fundraising 101
• Preview Take a Stand’s new Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree program
• Attend a performance of Mahler’s Seventh* by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall

*Tickets sold separately upon registration.

February 1 highlights:
• Hear from Take a Stand and El Sistema leaders, including Deborah Borda (President and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Leon Botstein (President, Bard College)
• Explore the art of teaching through the lens of El Sistema, including: the paper orchestra, percussion classes, and a recorder ensemble
• Make music with your peers during a repertoire reading session (don’t forget to bring your instrument or your voice!)

PLEASE NOTE: all conference activities will take place at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, unless noted otherwise.

Stay tuned for a full agenda.


Up to 25 music teachers will be accepted as YOLA Ambassadors to receive scholarships of up to $1,000 for symposium expenses. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here.


Call             213.972.0705       or email

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