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Northwestern Study Finds Music Education Changes The Teen Brain

A new study of Chicago high school students found two or more years of music instruction alters teen brains in a way that helps learning.
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Leonard Cohen on Moonlight, the Mystique of Creativity, His Influences, and Why He Loves It When People Cover His Songs

Leonard Cohen on Moonlight, the Mystique of Creativity, His Influences, and Why He Loves It When People Cover His Songs | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

“If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often,” Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934–November 7, 2016) famously quipped in a 1992 conversation about work ethic and the creative process. 

For this and other animated interviews, visit http://blankonblank.org/

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Boston brings the music back by boosting arts education

Boston brings the music back by boosting arts education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At a time when schools across the country are cutting arts education, this city is aiming to make it universal. Myran Parker-Brass, a classically trained mezzo-soprano who sang for the Boston Symphony, is working to provide weekly arts education to all middle and elementary Boston public school students. And she’s not stopping there. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports.
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Why Scheduling More Performances Will Save Your Child's Musical Life (and Your Music Program) ·

Why Scheduling More Performances Will Save Your Child's Musical Life (and Your Music Program) · | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here are 4 reasons that scheduling more performances will extend your child’s interest in music and help grow a powerful culture of learning in their music program:
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H/t Mike Scarpone at Brunswick High School for this one!

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Four Questions for New Teachers

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Wherever you are tonight-- aspiring educator, in the field teaching, studying the field as researcher or teacher educator--it's really easy to push big philosophical questions away. There are hundreds of other things to worry about. But-- if you don't get in the habit of keeping Big Questions like these bubbling on the back burners of your mind, the magic and moral purpose of teaching will fade or even be lost. Here are four questions for you to consider.
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Survey Shows Teachers, Parents Place Value on Music Education

Survey Shows Teachers, Parents Place Value on Music Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new survey of parents and teachers shows how strongly they feel about music education and I pull out some of the more interesting points.
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A New Day for Music Education that Ensures ‘Every Child Achieves’ – National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

A New Day for Music Education that Ensures ‘Every Child Achieves’ – National Association for Music Education (NAfME) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"RESTON, VA. (April 7, 2015) – For the first time in education history, music has been recognized as a core subject in draft federal education policy. This is an unprecedented enumeration in proposed federal legislation."

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America's Music

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America's Music uses documentary films and text to engage the public in a study of some of America's most enduring popular music. The series consists of six sessions built around a different genre of American music. Sessions feature either a complete documentary film or excerpts from longer docs followed by scholar-led discussions.

 
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Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Engaging in creative activities, such as making music and art, helps the brain get better at solving problems. 

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School Bands Should Not Be Entertainment Adjunct For Sports : NPR

School Bands Should Not Be Entertainment Adjunct For Sports : NPR | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For commentator Frank Deford, it seems unfair that students who pursue other extracurricular talents — like music — should be placed in a subsidiary position to their classmates who happen to play sports.
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More on the school district in Pennsylvania that has now eliminated the requirement that band students be on the football team's marching band:  http://www.unionvilletimes.com/?p=12499

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Dizzy Gillespie Runs for US President, 1964. Promises to Make Miles Davis Head of the CIA

Dizzy Gillespie Runs for US President, 1964. Promises to Make Miles Davis Head of the CIA | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This one's for all you music teachers out there who are sick to death of the links I've been sharing with resources related to the coming elections.  I think some history teachers might enjoy it, too.

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Great Writers on the Power of Music

Great Writers on the Power of Music | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Aldous Huxley, Oliver Sacks, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, and more.
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Open Music Library Combines Free and Subscription Databases

Open Music Library Combines Free and Subscription Databases | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Academic database and streaming media publisher Alexander Street is beta testing the Open Music Library (OML), a new online resource that will eschew database paywalls, enabling non-subscribers to discover and use high-quality open access and public domain content from contributors such as the Library of Congress (LC) and the British Library (BL), while offering subscribers a seamless experience discovering and using free and for-fee content together.
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Collaboratively Write Music Online

Collaboratively Write Music Online | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A couple months ago we wrote about an add on for Google Docs that allowed users to write music in Google Apps. This article shares a website that allows users to create and share music collaboratively, and even works seamlessly with Google Classroom. The website is flat.io and comes in an individual and educational version (both have free options).
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The Neuroscience of Bass: New Study Explains Why Bass Instruments Are Fundamental to Music

The Neuroscience of Bass: New Study Explains Why Bass Instruments Are Fundamental to Music | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Photo by Sebastiaan term Burg via Wikimedia Commons

 

"At the lower of range of hearing, it’s said humans can detect sound down to about 20 Hz, beneath which we encounter a murky sonic realm called “infrasound,” the world of elephant and mole hearing."

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David Byrne’s Lending Library

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In resonance with Umberto Eco’s concept of the “anti-library,” Byrne points out that he hasn’t read all the books in his library, but has bought each one with the intention of reading it one day — a practice the Japanese call tsundoku.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How Sound Is Produced Through Brass Instruments

Free Technology for Teachers: How Sound Is Produced Through Brass Instruments | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How Brass Instruments Work is a relatively new TED-Ed lesson. The video provides an overview of how sound is produced and changed through trumpets, trombones, and tubas. The lesson within the video is rather basic but it does do a nice job of clearly conveying how a musician makes music on a brass instrument.
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Cymatics - Science Vs. Music

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Nigel Stanford created a fascinating and dramatic video that he descirbes as "An exploration of the effect of Cymatic Frequencies on matter." This site breaks the video down into its parts and explains how he set up the "experiments."

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This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.
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How EdTech Is Now Being Used In Music Classrooms - Edudemic

How EdTech Is Now Being Used In Music Classrooms - Edudemic | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A middle and high school band/music teacher from Texas shares how he uses technology to facilitate learning in his classroom. Includes a wish list that I'm sure my music peeps will want to take note of!

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Duke Ellington’s Symphony in Black, Starring a 19-Year-old Billie Holiday

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In September of 1935 Paramount Pictures released a nine-minute movie remarkable in several ways. Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life is one of the earliest cinematic explorations of African-American culture for a mass audience.
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It feels like it's been a long while since I've posted anything for the music teachers out there--and my favorite blog, Open Culture, posted this yesterday, so here's one for you. History and English teachers might find something to like here, too, especially if you're interested in resources for teaching about the Harlem Renaissance.

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Music teachers now eligible for new Grammy honor

Beginning next year, music teachers of students from Kindergarten through college will be eligible for a Music Educator Grammy award.

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David Byrne's Journal: 09.14.2012: Enhanced and Disenchanted

David Byrne writes about the limitations of eBooks--he had hoped to create an enhanced version of his book, "How Music Works," that would include "musical snippets."

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