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:
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.
October 11, 2012
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 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.
October 6, 2012
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…
October 2, 2012
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!
July 25, 2012
Weekly Digest–July 25, 2012
–CREATIVITY TEACHING TIPS
–PRACTICE: WORLD CLASS STYLE AND THE BENEFITS OF SLOWNESS
–GET INTO THAT SOUND, AND ALSO THE QUIET
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.
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July 18, 2012
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!