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The Neuroscience of Singing. The neuroscience of singing shows that when we sing our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways.

The Neuroscience of Singing

It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people this effect is amplified. Businessinsider. The first round of auditions for Juilliard’s pre-college program is by video.


From December to March my son practiced for three hours a day to prepare. At the end of March we recorded him playing Cello Concerto in A minor by Saint-Saëns, and we sent it off to Juilliard. The results of the first round came quickly. He made the cut. What to Do on Lame Duck School Days. Listen to the Podcast: The term “lame duck” is most often used to describe a president who is still sitting in office after his or her successor has been elected.

What to Do on Lame Duck School Days

Technically this person is still the president, but his or her decision-making power is generally perceived to be minimal. We have something like that in school: those days when technically we’re still in school, but because it’s right before vacation, the end of the school year is near, or we’re in the middle of standardized testing, those class hours don’t have the same instructional potential as your average school day. In some cases, like on standardized test days in certain districts, teachers are explicitly told they CAN’T plan regular instruction. On these Lame Duck days, it’s hard to figure out what we can do to still provide valuable learning experiences for our students.

What then? In some schools, they’ll still let you show movies. Okay, that’s my rant about showing movies in class. Jennifer Gonzalez. Choir Bingo! Fun With Sight Reading by Kimberly Martinez. All Categories Featured Main Categories Cart.

Choir Bingo! Fun With Sight Reading by Kimberly Martinez

Music In Our Schools Month - 9 Music Tech Activities for Music Advocacy. Music tech activities for music advocacy March is Music In Our Schools Month in the USA and I wanted to share a few ideas for activities that incorporate technology that you could use to shine a spotlight on what you do.

Music In Our Schools Month - 9 Music Tech Activities for Music Advocacy

Some are quick and some are more involved and even if you’re not in the USA, they are useful music advocacy activities. Please let me know if you try any of them – I’d love to see some pictures or a video! Music Education Improves Students' Academic Performance, But Active Participation Is Required. Teachers have long observed the effect that music education can have on students, but recent research is showing just how integral learning a musical instrument is to a child’s development.

Music Education Improves Students' Academic Performance, But Active Participation Is Required

Using the most advanced brain analysis technology, Dr. Commercial Music – a Paradigm Shift in Music Education - National Association for Music Education (NAfME) By NAfME member Michael Parsons Director of Instrumental Music Briarcrest Christian School Memphis, Tennessee Commercial Music Education has revolutionized our program (at Briarcrest Christian School) and has allowed our students to experience higher levels of musical excellence than ever before.

Commercial Music – a Paradigm Shift in Music Education - National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

Seven years ago I created a commercial music ensemble at Briarcrest that focused on singing and playing all styles of popular music including Jazz, Rock, Country, Blues etc… This ensemble became known as SoundScape. SoundScape quickly became one of the premier performance groups at Briarcrest and has been recognized both regionally and nationally for its outstanding level of musical performance and studio recordings. Commercial music education has quite literally enhanced every facet of our program from marching band to our symphonic wind ensemble and has provided our students with greater opportunities in music. Equity in Arts Education: What does that really look like?

Equality versus equity – what is the difference and why does it matter?

Equity in Arts Education: What does that really look like?

I have seen a great graphic that demonstrates equality versus equity. The equality image shows a man, a boy and a toddler all standing on crates of equal height behind a fence trying to watch a baseball game. The man, being the tallest, has the best view, the boy can just see over the top of the fence but the toddler is left trying to peer through a crack in the fence. In the equity image, the man stands on the ground, the boy stands on one of the crates and the toddler stands on top of 2 of the crates stacked up so that all their heads are at the same height to comfortably view the baseball game over the fence. To me it speaks to differentiation in the classroom and making sure that each student is being given the tools to help them access learning and the chance to succeed.

Get real - making better sounding MIDI backing tracks. Making better sounding MIDI tracks This article has been written by a guest author.

Get real - making better sounding MIDI backing tracks

If you’re an educator or music industry professional who is interested in contributing an article to the Midnight Music blog, you can apply here. The author of today’s article is Glyn Lehmann – a professional musician (French Horn and keyboard) who spends his time composing, arranging and producing music. Glyn is also the person behind the online resource SongLibrary – a collection of songs for teachers and choir directors. In this article, Glyn shares his tips for enhancing the sound of your MIDI tracks (tracks that you have recorded by playing a software instrument into a music software program like GarageBand, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, or Mixcraft). – Katie Wardrobe How you (or your students) can create backing tracks that actually sound good.

Choral Music by Women Composers « Lessons the Arts Teach Us. 2016 has been a year of many changes, many challenges, and some difficult circumstances for me.

Lessons the Arts Teach Us

The most recent of these challenges arose a few weeks ago, when I was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. As I’ve begun road toward recovery and remission, I’ve had time to reflect on the qualities that have been and will continue to be necessary to fight this battle, and I can honestly attribute so many of these qualities to my participation in the arts. I believe these lessons hold true for all of us, in challenges big and small. More than being valuable content for our students, the arts shape minds and hearts. 11 of the Best Free Sheet Music Sites. 11 of the Best Sheet Music Sites This post was updated 8 September 2016 If you’re a music teacher on a tight budget it can be difficult to find the money to purchase sheet music for the myriad of music ensembles, instrumental and vocal students you may have at your school.

It’s good to know that these days there are literally hundreds of websites that offer free sheet music and a large percentage (not ALL) of the titles are also copyright-free so you can arrange, transpose or transform the original to your heart’s content. I’ve listed a few sites below, but if you’d like to find more, just search Google for “free sheet music”. 1. Richie Hawley, Clarinet. I made this list of orchestral etiquette for one of my masterclasses at CCM several years ago. It was compiled over the course of several weeks during rehearsal breaks with the CSO. I asked a dozen or so of my colleagues, "what orchestral habits drive you crazy?