Sibelius Software Update

February 20, 2013

Many of you probably remember the previous posts that discussed the situation with Sibelius and its continued development or lack thereof. There is now an update to that story: the fired Sibelius development team has been hired by Steinberg (makers of Cubase) to develop a new software notation environment. The complete story can be found here:

Orchestras that are embracing the new and more on twitter seats and their popularity

And read up on the Scrapheap Orchestra, making instruments out of trash

Greg Sandow on BORING Orchestra Photos

Alex Ross on Copland and the Republicans

Tips for Collaborative Criticism, the latest from the Musician’s Way blog

Play Before Work May Be Key To Greatness

And ever think of yourself as an expressive Energy Grid?

Astrid Baumgardner on the five tips on positivity and developing the mindset of a music entrepreneur

Get Out, the latest from the Entrepreneurial Musicianship blog

This is cool: The App for Music in Central Park

Music and Boxing?? Eastman students are doing it

Video of the week–

One of the most eagerly awaited TEDxSydney 2011 speaker videos is this one by music educator Richard Gill, in which he argues the case for igniting the imagination through music and for making our own music. Thanks to for passing this on.

Quote of the week–

“[Meredith Monk]‘s mission statement had said something about how the ethnic cultures have it covered. They don’t separate music, dance, drama, theater–It’s all one. And that appeals to me so strongly, the idea of ‘How can you write a piece without considering the visual element of it, or the dramatic element of it?’–Not that it has to tell a story or have a plot or make sense, but we react to that as humans in the audience.”–cellist/composer/singer/dancer/flutist Malina Rauschenfels

Cartoon of the week–

The Weekly Digest will return the week of January 9. 

Happy Holidays!

Teach Occupy Wall Street is for educators to share ideas, lesson plans, resources, website, youtubes, classroom practice etc. to teach about the Occupy Wall Street movement. It is important for teachers to model civic courage to their students. One way to do that is to engage students in deep thinking about what is going on in the world around them.

Kids just don’t have enough learning time; read about the National Call for More Learning Time in the Schools

Forget notes. Rhythm should be the focus for building sight-reading skills

Performers, ever consider composing?

Body mapping and musician’s wellness articles and resources from Lea Pearson

Check out the Music Business Journal of the Berklee College of Music

Study Abroad via the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund For Musicians! Fellowships are awarded to musicians at the outset of their professional lives, for whom this would be a first extended period of study abroad

Like traditional music? Head to Boxwood in Nova Scotia with Chris Norman next summer

Artists in Minneapolis:  Springboard’s free Health Screening and Vaccination Day for Artists is on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the N.I.P. Community Clinic

How to grow professional networks: Ninja networking

Edna offers advice about presenting and getting in front of audiences

Music for the Zombie Apocalypse?  What Naxos is doing to sell classical music

Louisville Orchestra begins seeking replacements and here’s an urgent message from the Louisville Orchestra Musicians Association

Utica Symphony is out of money

Charles Hamm, Musicologist/Author on American Popular Music, Dies at 86

El Sistema Colorado is preparing for its launch in January and begins a search for artist faculty–

Beginning String Specialist:

Teaching Artists:

What are classical music’s new entrepreneurs up to?

Bring out your inner entrepreneur and attend the Arts Enterprise Summit: The Creative Economy and You, held March 23-25, 2012

Harmony Project founder, Margaret Martin, who founded the LA organization that provides music education and instruments to disadvantaged youth, receives the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal

Read how music lifted one teen from a life of silence and how listening to music rewards you and heals you

Are you musical and passionate?  Listen to Benjamin Zander and read Astrid Baumgardner’s latest

Looking for advice on how to collaborate with non-arts organizations?

And check out what the US philanthropic community is thinking about funding for social change and the arts here and here

See the art of Occupy Wall Street and read the connection between Citibank and EMI

What is the language of music advocacy?

Has the iPod made music more disposable?

Read about the carbon cello

Flutists, visit Helen Bledsoe’s blog to play polyrhythms on Taffanel and Gaubert

Bassist/singer, Esperanza Spalding on arts education

Read up on the collaboration between saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau

And violinist Hilary Hahn and her new commissioning projects

El Sistema arrives in Austin, Texas

Discover how to do more with less

In a rut?  Read Managing Change:  Understanding the Cycle of Transitions from Astrid Baumbardner

Check out this thought-provoking post that considers teaching resourcefulness as part of music training

Follow Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo, who have taken the US by storm

Read why traditional audiences are no longer enough

And how one dance troupe is attracting younger audiences here

Learn how to toot your own horn

And check out two new ensembles to watch

Flutists interested in body awareness, consider Summerflute 2012

And make sure to watch “What Teachers Make”

Question:  What do you make?

Answer: I make them wonder

from think positive 30

Tips from Jen Cluff for playing it perfectly in the practice room, and at your lesson here

Check out the five facets of performance preparation from the Musician’s Way here

And the three ways to unlock quality time here

Protect your hearing here

Read acclaimed cellist Joshua Roman‘s thoughts about a career in music

And how music education helps students learn, achieve and succeed, free pdf download here

See what Nashville is doing with its ambitious music-ed program

And read how music training enhances children’s verbal intelligence

Ask yourself, are standardized tests in the internet age the right answer?

And see how teaching artists are the future of arts education

Join the discussion on Greg Sandow’s “Who’s Your Audience?” and on Paul Judy’s reflective post on rethinking orchestras

Learn how to sell new music from the Savvy Musician

Check out the music museums of the 21st century

Then be inspired by TAKE A STAND, based on the El Sistema model, it seeks to unite music programs throughout the U.S., providing leaders with tools for growth through a series of conferences and workshops, and creating a pipeline of music teachers to be trained via the launch of a new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Music degree program.  For more info click here

Arts teachers apply for the Surdna Foundation Arts Teachers Fellowship Program (SATF)Deadline: November 14, 2011.  Inviting arts teachers from public arts high schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its Arts Teachers Fellowship Program (SATF). Eligible schools include specialized public arts high schools, as well as arts-focused, magnet and charter high schools. The program offers teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices. For more info click here

Check out the new Fellowship for Leaders in Arts and Culture program. Deadline is October 26, 2011

Sing “A Song United for a Global Spring

And follow your heart….thank you Steve Jobs

NAfME’s 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference  is March 29-31, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri. NAfME seeks conference proposals. Proposals must be received by Friday, October 14, 2011.

The Houston Flute Club is pleased to announce that the requirements for the 2012 Byron Hester Competition have been posted to the HFC website at!  No age limit.

Apply for the Surdna Foundation Arts Teachers Fellowship Program(SATF) or for a grant to travel to Scandinavia with the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF), Nov. 2 deadline.

Guide to healthcare from Springboard for the Arts

Read the latest Musician’s Way newsletter

Sports performance psychology applied to music with Dr. Noa Kageyama of the Bulletproof Musician

Check out Oberlin’s innovative Creativity and Leadership Project here

And read how Scottish students are protesting fees at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland here

The El Sistema inspired Atlanta Music Project is expanding its social change mission into historic East Atlanta neighborhood

Visit Kabul’s first music school

Use your subway as a musical instrument, create a mindset of positivity

And make some music at Wall Street

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