Enabling Music Education in Boston Schools to Thrive

 

 

 

A few years ago, Daniel Fox, owner, producer and engineer with Wondersmith Audio, plus a Zumix volunteer, discovered a missing link between school music programs and the professionals leading them. To repair that link, Fox began offering his services to the schools to help them make bigger and more prolonged advances in their musical and theater programs.

 

“A school might have a five-year-old mixing board no one really knows how to use,” he says. “And if someone changes something, they assume that the whole thing is broken.”

 

A major problem he sees throughout the schools he works with are instruments and supplies getting broken because nobody knows the correct way to care for them. “For example, I teach them how to coil a cable so there aren’t any kinks, or how to solder cables instead of replacing them.”

 

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Technology and Automation Should Allow Us to be More Human

 

 

 

Holly Herndon has outlined her thoughts about the effects of artificial intelligence on music, as well as the conditions of a new “interdependent” model of music production and consumption.

 

The statement arrives as response to a Twitter debate between Grimes and Zola Jesus, borne out of comments made by Grimes during her appearance on science podcast Mindscape, where she stated her belief that the emergence of an AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) could lead to, as she put it, “the end of art, human art”, a sentiment that led to Zola Jesus calling her “the voice of silicon fascist privilege” in a since-deleted Tweet.

 

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Soundtrap for Education and FutureDJs Inspire Kids to Take DJ-ing and Music Production Beyond the Classroom

 

 

 

Soundtrap, a Spotify company, and FutureDJs, a company igniting students’ passion for music, are partnering to help nourish the future careers of budding musicians. Combining Soundtrap for Education’s easy-to-use online music and audio creation platform with FutureDJs’ music production and DJ-ing programs will help students create, record and save their best creations.

 

Soundtrap for Education and FutureDJs are teaming to offer music programs and instruction that will give students in years 7-12 one-on-one or paired lessons covering the music essentials that form part of a GCSE in Music, including such important elements as timbre, keys and scales, arrangement, composition and ensemble. Together, these companies will visit UK schools to help students identify and refine their best creations and turn them into high-quality online music. They also hope to nurture students and inspire them to extend their talent beyond the classroom by now having access to tools required for professional-level music production and composition.

 

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Roosevelt High School’s Band Combines Music And Technology

 

 

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Roosevelt High School’s marching band lit up the field during their performances this year… literally. They had a creative way to use LED lights.

 

“No one has done this before, and Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota did it, and we were super excited about it, the kids loved it, the students loved it, and it was just a lot of fun. I know the crowds loved it,” says band dad Gavin Wigg.

 

Band members wear fanny packs with a circuit board and batteries. Then, they Velcro lights to shirts. They call their performance this year “Night Skies”. They surprise the spectators with their gadgets, and the crowd appreciates the spectacle.

 

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Music Technology Class Helps Students Get in the Right State of Mind

 

 

 

Something you would normally hear in a yoga class is resonating in schools in Homedale, NJ.  Middle school students enrolled in music technology class were tasked with creating meditation music with no beats and one continuous sound using loops.

 

It’s all a part of creating mindfulness and social emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom.  And the students are into it!  The student’s compositions are now part of a catalog of over 50 recordings available to teachers across the district to use in their classrooms.

 

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Amplify Austin Day Just Days Away

The countdown is on! We’re just days away from Amplify Austin Day — Central Texas’ community-wide day of giving! Join your neighbors and colleagues in giving back local to support the nonprofit organizations that make Central Texas the place we all love to live, work, and play.

Here Are a Few Ways You Can Make a Meaningful Difference:

1. Become a peer-to-peer fundraiser — Be an advocate for Texas Music Partners by engaging your neighbors and network to join the local generosity movement alongside you. Click “Fundraise” on your chosen nonprofit’s profile to set up your fundraising page!
2. Make an early gift — Help build momentum for Texas Music Partners. Early gifts qualify for matching, prize incentives, and will appear on the organizations’ leaderboards on Amplify Austin Day.
3. Share what inspires you to give back local on social media — Share your giving story using hashtag #ILiveHereIGiveHere because…

 

Rise to the Challenge: Tito’s Handmade Vodka is Maximizing Your Donations

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is working with I Live Here I Give Here once again to spread the love on Amplify Austin Day! Donate to your favorite nonprofit and Tito’s Handmade Vodka will add an extra $5 to your donation—just be sure to enter #LoveTitos when you check out. Tito’s will help maximize donations up to $10,000.

#LoveTitos donations made on AmplifyATX.org now through March 6 at 6 pm will qualify for the match.

 

Engineering a New Way to Experience Music

 

 

 

For the last four years, Daniel Belquer has been working on a device that translates live music for people who can’t hear.

 

While most people consider music an auditory experience, Belquer, who completed his Master’s thesis on listening, had already been toying with the physical aspects of sound, even building glass speakers to incorporate vibration into his music compositions.

 

Not Impossible Labs, an LA-based social innovation company, wanted him to take that experience to the next level. They wanted him to help translate the joy of rocking out to a live band into a physical experience for the Deaf community. To do so, Belquer has delved deep into the world of sound and vibrations, worked closely with members of the Deaf community and conducted hundreds upon hundreds of user tests.

 

Last year, Belquer and his team unveiled the latest prototype of its Music: Not Impossible vibratory wearable. The system connects to the soundboard through a long-range radio signal, and then translates the music into a series of vibrating pulses sent to 24 points across the body, creating a “surround-body-experience.”

 

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From Stradivari to Spotify: How New Technology Has Always Inspired New Music

 

 

Successful composers, authors, and scientists have distinctive writing styles that define all their works. They are rarely in isolation from their contemporaries, so their work is inherently time stamped. Similarities can exist with their students and followers, so they set the pattern of writing over one or two generations.

 

The normal assumption is that the evolution of music has been primarily from emulation of winners and current fashion. Certainly, this is a major factor, but it overlooks extremely significant input from science and technology. Historically, early inputs came from the development of the printing press and the invention of musical notation, allowing music to be transmitted widely.

 

The most cited scientific input came from efforts to make musical recordings. This led to microphones, amplifiers, and electronics. Today’s musical electronics include keyboards and synthesizers. Music was the key stimulus of our modern electronic world! Wide dissemination of music via records and broadcasting helped promote access to music from across the globe. Science has then capitalized on the recording demand with inventions of vinyl records, magnetic tape, and CDs.

 

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https://www.amplifyatx.org/organizations/texas-music-partners

 

 

When STEM Becomes STEAM, We Can Change The Game

 

 

 

The arts have always been a haven for the otherwise marginalized, and arts education connected to STEM can open many possible doors.

 

When we start to look, natural overlaps and places of connection between the arts and STEM are everywhere – and always have been. As Dr. Jenny Nash, Head of the Education Solutions Design Team at LEGO Education, told me, “A baker uses chemistry. A chemist develops the makeup, and a computer animator designs the on-screen special effects used in the blockbuster movies we see in theaters. Experiencing STEAM subjects in an integrated way is more authentic and representative of the world we’re preparing students to enter.”

 

The Mind Over Music program at the Phoenix Symphony in Arizona is cut from the same cloth. Their program, which pairs symphony musicians with classroom teachers and helps students integrate music into STEM, is reaping huge benefits. Average annual results show that when compared to control groups, Mind Over Music students score significantly higher in science and math compared with students who don’t participate.

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