The improv game, AMAPFALAP = “as much as possible from as little as possible,” invented by W. A. Matthieu in The Listening Book

NEC and the Firing of Benjamin Zander

Sweden’s School Without Walls

Harmony Project gets featured on ABC news

An ArtsJournal Discussion | Jan. 23-27, 2012, on Audience Engagement

Rather than losing his temper, this musician adapted the notorious Nokia theme, much to the delight of his audience

Bill T. Jones does John Cage

Q2 Interview:  Composer-Performer Du Yun Talks Chinese Opera and Electronic Music

Great advice on writing cover letters and why it is essential to think and act entrepreneurially

The 3 Levels of Effective Practice

The Case for Active Practicing

Become a confident performer

Seth Godin says it’s completely up to you

And start singing!

Celtic music fans! Boxwood Canada 2012 registration is now open

Final note:  Next week in LA, the Take a Stand 2012 Symposium takes place, and I will be going as a YOLA Ambassador.  The Weekly Digest will be off next week, and look for blog posts about El Sistema and my experiences there when I return!

In the meantime have a listen to this radio program from WHYY Radio Times from 1/23/12 featuring Stanford Thompson, Executive Director of Play On Philly, Jamie Bernstein, who is working on a new documentary on El Sistema, and Tricia Tunstall, the author of the new book, Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformatiive Power of Music. Go to:

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