Music Education In The Pandemic And Beyond




School budgets have been hit hard in the last decade — and the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t helped matters. Oftentimes, when it comes to prioritizing services and subjects in a budget, one of the first things on the chopping block is music education.


Although music programs have proven benefits, both academic and social, music classes aren’t always available to kids. Sometimes schools can’t — or won’t — pay for them, but lately, some schools say they don’t have the technology or equipment necessary to teach music remotely.


And some educators fear cuts may be coming as we ease out of the pandemic.


Who gets access to music education? Why is teaching kids how to sing and play instruments important? And how are music teachers getting the job done?


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Oakland Musician Finds His Voice in the Talkbox



When Oakland’s Bosko Kante slips what looks like a glowing pair of headphones around his neck, begins tapping on a multi-colored pad on his phone and starts singing in a heavily treated voice that summons the musical ghosts of 1970s funk, it’s hard not to suppress the giant grin that wells up.


Kante is the inventor and chief ambassador of the ElectroSpit talkbox, a piece of hardware that vibrates the throat through an app to create a sound that sort of sounds like a cool singing robot. It’s Kante’s modern version of the classic talkbox used by musicians like Peter Frampton, Stevie Wonder and the late Roger Troutman.


The problem, as Bosko saw it, was the original talkbox was clunky. It required a box connected to a keyboard and the performer to jam a plastic tube in his or her mouth. Kante, a former mechanical engineering student at USC, figured there had to be a way to make it more portable and less invasive.


“We saw the future as being music — professional quality music created with your phone.” Kante said, sitting in an industrial West Oakland that serves as ElectroSpit’s headquarters. “So, we wanted to be part of that future.”


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Cohoes Opens Youth Technology and Music Space



COHOES, N.Y. – Cohoes just opened a new music studio and “connect lab” at the Connect Center for Youth. The city describes them as new spaces for young people to access technology for school work and creative projects.


During the COVID pandemic, a “technology gap” has widened between students of different economic backgrounds, and many middle and high schoolers are trying to learn remotely without inadequate access. The center aims to help bridge the gap in the local community.


The Cohoes Connect Center is opening this academic support space for students without sufficient computer and WiFi access. The music studio is described as a dynamic space with a sound booth for recording music and podcasts.


The opening of the connect lab and music studio completes the first phase of the city’s Connect STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Lab. The next phases will include a technology workshop, media room, commercial kitchen classroom, and recreation space.


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Torrington Company Brings Back Live Music Experience Via Technology




It has been a terrible time for musicians, music venues, and music lovers ever since the Covid-19 pandemic started last year.  Musicians all across the country can no longer play live to large audiences  And if they do play live, it’s usually to a very small group.


RecordME, based in Torrington, is offering musicians the technology and the know-how for live virtual concerts.  These virtual concerts replicate in-person performances.  With virtual arenas for audiences, this is a way for musicians to sell tickets online.


“Musicians are dying for an opportunity like this,” RecordME founder John Fiorello said in an interview with The Winsted Phoenix. “A lot of musicians’ incomes are dependent on performing.  The pandemic has affected them both financially and emotionally.”


Fiorello said that a musician who wants to take part in a RecordMe event does not have to be a “techie” to operate the company’s technology.


“This technology will allow smaller venues to attract a wider audience that is beyond their geographical reach,” he said.  “It will give performers a wider audience. With our technology, people will still feel like they are attending an event.  But now they can be with their friends from places around the world.”


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Sisters With Transistors – Pioneers Of Electronic Music



In a film by Lorie Anderson, Ms. Anderson celebrates the achievements of early women pioneers of electronic music, like Daphne Oram.  Ms. Oram worked for the BBC in the 1940s and began manipulating sounds that were recorded on magnetic tape.  Other women pioneers include Delia Deryshire and Wendy Carlos. Ms. Dershire crafted sounds for BBC programs.  The most famous being the theme for Dr. Who, which debuted in 1963.  Ms. Carlos advised Robert Moog on the design of his first keyboard-based modular synthesizer.


Having premiered at SXSW in 2020, Sisters with Transistors has screened at prestigious U.S. and international festivals, including Sundance and the AFI. It is slated for national release on virtual cinema platforms early this spring.


Having premiered at SXSW in 2020, Sisters with Transistors has screened at prestigious U.S. and international festivals.  The festivals included Sundance and the AFI. It is projected to be released nationally on virtual cinema platforms early this spring.


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Real Human Size Robots Dance To “Do You Love Me”




Robotics technology has moved on considerably since films like iRobot came out. The guys at Boston Dynamics have been at the epicenter of advancing this technology and to celebrate the new year (2021), they decided to program three of their robots to dance for us. Watch their brilliant music video.


Dance Video






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Your generous donation will help do the following:
This year we will be raising money for tablets and equipment for our teachers so they can come into the schools to teach our central Texas students. Each teacher kit costs about $3,000 and provides everything the teacher and student need to successfully take our courses.

Many of the students we reach each year have parents, who of no fault of their own, are without the means to offer their children new or used equipment they need to try new things and branch out. Texas Music Partners tries to reach these students by offering them a tablet and the education to try new and creative things. Something other than watching movies and playing games. We do care and we want to show it so a child can catch that creative, innovative “itch” to find something they can relate to. Something that will invigorate their creative energy to make them happy kids and better students. Won’t you help?

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Countdown: 3 Days Until Amplify Austin Day!


Texas Music Partners will once again be participating in Amplify Austin Day.  Amplify Austin Day is a day of giving through I Live Here I Give Here to help raise funds for over 750 nonprofits in the central Texas area.  Amplify Austin Day takes place on March 4th -5th, from 6 PM to 6 PM.  Early giving has already started.  If you wish to make a donation to TMP or help us fundraise, feel free to do so by going to


This year we will be raising money for tablets and equipment to provide our teachers so they can come into the schools to teach our central Texas students.  Each teacher kit costs about $3,000 and provides everything the teacher and student need to successfully take our courses.


TMP provides STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to students to help them prepare for the demands of our future job market by adding a creative component to STEM.  Being able to think more creatively will allow our kids to be successful and help keep this country’s future workforce the most sought after in the world!


Music Teacher Turns Sixth Graders Into Podcasters




Compared to most people, Jake Lorefice was one New York University music technology master’s degree more prepared to roll with the pandemic’s punches and modify the Montauk School’s music program, setting his sixth graders up for podcasting success.

Students’ Chromebooks came to the rescue with “really wonderful software” that Mr. Lorefice was familiar with thanks to his degree. After doing a piano lab with mini desktop keyboards that plugged into the Chromebooks, he turned his sixth graders’ attention to podcasting, which required only a microphone plug-in.

What his students came up with was “next level, you would never expect it,” he said. He was wowed by how his students wielded their autonomy. “I just gave them the prompt and let them go. Explain something that kids understand, but adults don’t.”


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Texas Music Partners Working with MINDPOP’s Creative Learning Initiative

TMP working with Mindpop and Creative Learning Initiative


Texas Music Partners (TMP) has been an arts provider with MINDPOP since 2017.  The Creative Learning Initiative (CLI) is a project through MINDPOP that ensures students have access to the arts, creative teaching, core content areas, and elective courses.  This spring, CLI is starting a new project for elementary school students called the Spring Season of Arts Experience in which selected arts providers to offer their courses to AISD schools to be presented by the arts provider or AISD teachers.  We are honored that CLI has chosen Texas Music Partners to supply two of our courses for this project so we may reach more students and let them experience music and technology to help them find a creative passion.  The courses that TMP will be providing are:


  • How to Take Powerful Photos of Musicians
  • How to Make a Music Video


Texas Music Partners would like to thank MINDPOP’s Creative Learning Initiative program and AISD for this opportunity to reach central Texas students and help realize our mission.