Weekly Digest

June 20, 2012

Weekly Digest for June 20, 2012

We’ve all been there:

 “There were two people walking down the street. One was a musician. The other guy didn’t have any money either.”

– Your Buddy who Majored in Business (or Law) (or Medicine)

I’m sure you’ve heard that joke at some point. It’s a common understanding that you don’t major in music for the dough that you’ll be rolling in post-graduation. So what is the Value of a Music Degree? This post is lovingly dedicated to anyone whose friends or family questioned their dreams of going to music school.

Stuff we like to hear:

Louisiana reaps the benefits of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s grants for music education.

Money Going to Music Education (for a change)

About the changing faces of nationally reknowned orchestra conductors:

Hey, who’s that kid in front of the orchestra? Who let him conduct? Wait a sec, he’s actually not half-bad… A look at the emerging trend of younger conductors and what it means to be a Maestro.

Kids these days:
“Imagine a culture where the average citizen received a public education in music that made it possible for them to go out as an adult and in their spare time create original music. That world is already taking shape – with or without our current public education system.” – Thomas J. West

So much controversy surrounds Amanda Palmer (Palmer is one half of the Boston-based piano and drums duo Dresden Dolls), but no matter whether you love her or hate her, there’s a lesson in her story for music educators everywhere: It’s time to provide more for the members of your ensemble than the standard three-concerts-a-year.

Beatles forever:

As one of my music professors once said, “The Beatles are the only rock n’ roll worth listening to. They should be required listening for all music students.”

So why is this? We know why they’re popular, but why are they SO popular? As August 22 approaches (marking the 50th anniversary of the first concert consisting of the lineup of John, Paul, George, and Ringo), here’s an examination of what keeps a mere 7-year career alive for 50 years.


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