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What’s Your Group Doing For Music In Our Schools Month?

March is National Association for Music Education’s Music In Our Schools Month, an annual celebration which, according to NAFME, “engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.” The National Education Association provides some useful teacher resources in the form of lesson plans but I’m curious to know what your group is up to for #‎MIOSM2016‬. I know one of my clients, Venture Platform user Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, has a terrific page dedicated to the event explaining what the […]

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Some Good Thinking On How To Present Sensory Friendly Events

When it comes to performing arts and inclusion, one of the more recent issues is introducing elements related to structuring events around attendees with disabilities or developmental differences, especially families with Autistic members. To that end, Sarah Marczynski published a wonderfully informative article at on 7/1/2015 about that very topic that does an excellent job at walking you though the topic if its new to you then diving into a good bit of detail. Marczynski provides first-hand experience along with a wealth of additional resources. A sensory friendly concert environment is […]

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One of the reasons we have violence in the schools is we’ve taken music out of the schools.

Today’s title is a quote from legendary jazz artist Byard Lancaster who died in 2012 of cancer and in the wake of yet another school shooting tragedy, his quote cuts to the quick with the problems related to a society that sees culture as a luxury rather than a basic building block of becoming a happy and healthy member of society. Neo Classical’s author, Holly Mulcahy, wrote about this very point following a school shooting last September. In her article, she referenced Lancaster’s quote as well as a letter written to the […]

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“One of the reasons we have violence in the schools is we’ve taken music out of the schools.”

If there were ever a time to be cutting back on arts and culture in this country, now is just about the worst time to consider it. Recently my wife and I watched Bowling for Columbine, the Michael Moore documentary about high school gun violence, and not so much as a day later the tragic events of the Perry Hall high school shooting unfolded. Add to that, an 8/25/2012 post from Norm Lebrecht highlighting the quote from jazz musician Byard Lancaster used as today’s headline and you have the makings for some […]

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Build a Private Teacher Outreach Program You Can Be Proud Of

Bill Eddins posted an excellent article called “The Missing Piece” on 12/13/2009 which espouses the idea that in conjunction with significant financial gifts (think eight figures) “each and every member of the orchestra commits to going into the community and teaching deserving students for four hours a week…for free.” In response to Bill’s piece, I posted a comment suggesting that in order to promote the study of musical instruments (as he suggests) but in the absence of significant financial gifts, there is a great deal of untapped opportunity for orchestras to build […]

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