Of musical interest, from around the web:
- TakeLessons.com has just started running an exciting new contest effective December 10th to give away 3 Guitar Center gift cards for $2000, $1000, and $500.
To enter, contestants simply submit an essay of 250 words or less on the topic “How has music changed your life? Here is a link to the contest homepage.
- Two New Programs from Longy. Myself being a card-carrying member of academia, I can attest that it is sometimes difficult to overcome years of habit and tradition (which of course in themselves can be a good thing) and try something new.
So it’s great to see the Longy School of Music of Bard College launching two experimental (my word) courses of study. The first is a training orchestra in New York. Students will earn a Master of Music in “curatorial, critical and performance studies” at no cost and receive a fellowship for participating in the orchestra. The program promises “bold ideas, risk-taking…and new models of performance.”
Of special interest to me, as a teacher, is the new Master of Arts in Teaching, a one-year degree program in Los Angeles based on Venezuela’s renowned El Sistema, founded by the Venezuelan educator and activist José Antonio Abreu. El Sistema serves over 500,000 students in its native country, with instruction and rehearsal taking place almost daily for students as young as age two. Students attending the Longy course will study with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and receive a California teaching credential upon completing the program.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for writing this post in any way, and neither TakeLessons nor The Longy School of Music of Bard College sponsored it. It is published for informational purposes solely.