The Monday Morning Music Mix -Education News From All Over ~8-24-09

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Today’s Monday Morning Music Mix (grab your favorite heated beverage and “take five”):

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Reinforces Importance of the Arts in Schools:  “…More than 1.75 million national music and arts education advocates were encouraged via a national network of coalitions to participate in the call to hear Duncan express his concerns about access to arts education in U.S. public schools, and how these programs can be supported in the future…”

SchoolJAM USA Challenges Teen Bands to “Rock Out” and Support their School Music Programs:  “…Starting today, teen bands across the country are invited to step onto the stage to compete in the first-ever SchoolJam USA. This one-of-a-kind, national teen battle-of-the-bands competition is accepting applications from middle and high school students aiming to showcase their talent and bolster much-needed support for school music programs….”

Top Music Pedagoges To Follow on Twitter:  A list that I am working on that contains Music Educators that Twitter, thoughtfully, about music education, technology, or performance.

What I Look Forward to at the Beginning of a School Year:  A great post by Amy Burns about many of the things that “we” look forward to at the start of the school year.

Audition Pianists: Opera vs. Musical Theatre: A great post by Susan Eichorn Young, excerpted on the Collaborative Piano Blog.  “..First and foremost, whether you call the pianist an accompanist or a collaborative pianist, they can make or break you in an audition. I have heard in recent days of EPA calls where they have done it ‘American Idol’ style and singers have shown up and there are no pianists and suddenly you have to try to come up with your audition cut a cappella. A ca PALLING!”

*While I may or may not agree with the contents of the articles written about within this post, all of the articles posted in the “Monday Morning Music Mix” are ones that I’ve found in some way related to music education or music-related articles that I’ve found interesting. Please feel free to use the comment section below as a sounding board for your thoughts from any of these articles or to let us know that you appreciated the links.

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