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2009, January

January 23, 2009

Vol. 4 Folk Songs/Dances AnthologyWhirlwind Music has released Percy Grainger’s Folk Songs Dances in Lincolnshire Posy book and CD. The book includes folk music for singing, historical, and interpretive notes. The CD includes the Old Lincolnshire Folk Singers, along with Percy Grainger, speaking, singing, and playing modern renditions of folk music. Retail price is $24.95. […]

Do You YouTube?

November 18, 2008

YouTube.com, which is a relatively recent phenomenon, has an astonishing variety of offerings, with instructional videos ranging from how to vote to motorcycle maintenance to a view of the Orion constellation and everything in-between. It contains the sublime and the ridiculous. However, this site also offers an extraordinary source of musical knowledge that may provide […]

Music and Health

July 11, 2008

Numerous books, articles, and studies have been published in recent years about the positive correlation between musical performance and improved scores on standardized tests and other intelligence assessments. Children who learn to perform music also have a variety of other positive social and behavioral benefits. Recently, best-selling author and physician, Oliver Sacks has published a […]

Five Minutes of Enrichment

March 11, 2008

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the students in our schools were exposed to five minutes of classical music every day? We’ve all seen the clinical studies touting the benefits of listening to and performing music, and now the New Bedford (Mass.) Symphony Orchestra has set up an interesting program called Music in the Mornings, which […]

Virtual Insanity?

September 6, 2007

Imagine sitting in a concert hall with a conductor standing in front of a bank of laptop computers, speakers, and video cameras with no visible performers, except their images on the laptops#133; Now, according to the Web site, physorg.com, a computer scientist from the University of Manchester in the U.K., Dr. Barry Cheetham, has developed […]

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