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September 25, 2013

Although things have been quiet around here recently, there are some exciting features that will be coming in the next few weeks, including an interview with a very special guest who will of great interest to most of you.

In the meantime, have some fun with this fantastic web page called “Boil The Frog”. It creates a playlist that will connect (almost) any two artists. For example, I’ve had great luck connecting Guillaume de Machaut to Katy Perry, and John Williams to the Pet Shop Boys. You can find it here:


Sibelius Update –

November 9, 2012

Continuing our coverage of the situation with Sibelius notation software, it has been reported by our friends at Arts Journal that Steinberg Software (the makers of Cubase among other things) has hired the former development staff of Sibelius presumably with the intention of launching a new notation program to replace Sibelius.  Although Sibelius has been rumored to be on the chopping block as a software platform, Avid, the owners of Sibelius, have said nothing to that effect.  An anonymous source within Avid  assures me that the software is alive and well and will continue to be developed and supported by Avid.
Steinberg’s statement can be found here.

Also reported by arts journal: the Minnesota orchestra has cancelled the remainder of this calendar year’s concerts.

Here’s a heads up: next week, we’ll be publishing an exclusive interview with Doug Perkins, a founding member of  So Percussion and one of America’s foremost performers of New Music. Doug’s new album Simple Songs – a fantastic listen – is available for purchase at the following sites:

At the New Focus Recordings Web Site: http://www.newfocusrecordings.com/catalogue/doug-perkins-simple-songs

On Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/simple-songs/id567843255?v0=9988&ign-mpt=uo%3D1

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Songs/dp/B009LUBJ14/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349717235&sr=8-2&keywords=doug+perkins+simple

As a teaser, here’s Doug discussing Michael Gordon’s XY, the final piece on Simple Songs.

Having just moved to a new area, I now have a studio of about 24 students and growing – come from an area where getting students was like pulling teeth, being inundated with this many students is not only wonderful but can also be a little overwhelming with trying to keep track of all the finances.   To any other music teacher who understands the frustration and confusion of having a large studio (or heck, of having a studio period) keeping track of student’s information, their payment status, who owes what when, who’s working on what, what school is out for fall or spring break at what time, etc. can be exhausting work.

I have found a lifesaving solution. Seriously,it’s taken the hassle out of running a studio and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a look over.  It even comes with a 30 day Free trial!  After one week I was sold, you just might be, too.
The site is called Music Teacher’s Helper.com

The site seriously does it all…

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Those of you who follow this blog regularly are likely familiar with IPAP favorite Claire Chase, the ever-increasingly legendary flutist and founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). We couldn’t be more pleased about this. As you know, things usually first happen here on IPAP so, at the bottom of the article, underneath the photo, there are additional links to our past features on Claire, including an extensive interview conducted last year by Laura Lentz. Congratulations again to this amazing musician and person!

A brief bio from WQXR

Write-up and interview with the Chicago Tribune

Selections from Claire’s most recent album Terrestre (from the great New Focus label) can be streamed at her web site

The album is reviewed here




Weekly Digest–July 25, 2012







There’s a new certificate program through The University of Maryland,  Baltimore County (UMBC), the Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship.  This elite, one year post-baccalaureate program features a collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Music Director and OrchKids, the largest El Sistema-inspired program in the US. Only within the UMBC Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship can students experience firsthand the inner workings of a major U.S. orchestra, the BSO, and the premier and most sought after El Sistema-inspired music program in the U.S., OrchKids.

 This new Certificate program begins in late August, 2012 and will include courses / internships of 15 graduate credits.  The application deadline is August 10.
See http://www.umbc.edu/music/ programs/entrepreneurship.php

and http://www.umbc.edu/blogs/umbcnews/2012/07/umbc_announces_nations_first_p_1.html

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Weekly Digest – Aussie-style!


This week’s digest comes to you from Cairns, Australia, where I’m enjoying a vacation with my extended family. Between the walkabouts, and all the prawns on the barbie, I’m taking a moment to draw your attention to this exciting continent by featuring Australian music and Australian news sources this week.

Highest individual accolade for an outstanding contribution to the music of Australia: Jon Rose

An interesting history of the folk music of Australia: Convict Folk Songs

Jazz scene: a live music renaissance in Sydney

Music and the Media: Government regulation in Australia and abroad

An Overview: Australian Music

Sydney’s Opera House: Easily one of the world’s most recognized music halls, here’s all you need to know!

Something of Substance
I wanted to offer you something substantial and non-textual this week. So…

and speaking of substance…

Read a Book (maybe even this one)

Slate reviews an exciting looking new book (remember those?) on John Cage.  Written by an art critic, not a musicologist, it goes into specific and exacting detail on the non-musical ideas and people that influence Cage’s compositional development.

Where the Heart Beats: John Cage

Nano Guitars

Alan, but not this Alan
2 items featuring Alan Gilbert of the New York Philharmonic. The second one in particular is something different from what we usually get to see and hear when discussing support for the arts

Philharmonic 360 – Surround Sound Through the Centuries 
(from NYtimes.com – this might count against your monthly article

The Corporate Raider and the Composer
     A provocative piece by Bard College’s John Halle on certain ethical
aspects of private arts patronage.

If I Won the Lottery

Moving from the ethics of production to the ethics of consumption, we here at IPAP were, once again, slightly ahead of the curve last month when we posted David Lowery’s article on the economics of downloading that was originally published on our wordpress.com sister-site The Trichordist. Well, soon thereafter, Mr. Lowery published a follow-up piece that set fire to my little corner of the internet, if nowhere else.  Whereas his previous essay focused primarily on the relationship between content-providers and artist, this piece explores many of those same issues within the context of the artist/audient relationship.

      A Letter to Emily White
               (for anyone who’s interested, Emily White’s original NPR piece
can be found here:  I Never Owned Any Music to Begin With

On May 24, 2012 Shiri Sivan, principal flutist of the Bremer Philharmoniker (Bremen Philharmonic) gave a masterclass for Helen Bledsoe’s flute studio at the conservatory in Bremen. Read up on Sivan’s tips on mental preparation and technique, surely of interest to all musicians.

Shiri Sivan Masterclass

The Savvy Musician’s latest post offers alternative models to traditional ones in arts higher education and is well worth the read.

Re-Imagining Arts Higher Education

Follow some latest discussions or posts about the state of classical music:

Cheers and Claps at Classical Performances

A Roman Candle

Building a Young Audience

The Great Change

Doing It

The idea of cultivating good habits or dumping bad ones and having control of it all is a buzz topic thanks to Charles Duhigg’s recent book, The Power of Habit. Here are some recent posts of interest on the subject of habits, some related to music, others more general:

Getting Kids to Practice Music Without Tears or Tantrums

Want to Improve Your Playing? Stop Trying

An Important Thing To Keep in Mind When Changing Your Habits

The Mind Reviews The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

How You Can Harness the Power of Habit

The Tiny Guide to Creating the Flossing Habit

Three Little Habits to Find Focus

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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