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 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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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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The Repercussions of Cutting Music Education in the US




It is no myth that high schools all across the United States often overlook a music education in favor of athletics or science, technology, engineering and math subjects. Sure, a lot of the job market consists of STEM, but what does STEM lack? Expression and creativity.


Bands of America is a part of Music for All, an organization dedicated to promoting music education in our schools, from elementary school to the collegiate level. The non-profit hosts hundreds of marching bands nationwide in several regional, super-regional championships and the grand national championships.


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Amplify Austin Day 2020, March 5-6 from 6 PM – 6 PM


Texas Music Partners is participating, for the first time, in Amplify Austin Day!  Our goal is to raise $3,000 by 6:00 PM on Friday, March 6th.  Since this is our first year participating, it is quite a feat.


We’d like to get more people involved and have some fun at the same time, so we are holding a little team-building competition to see who can raise the most money between now and March 6th (yes, there are prizes).  For more details on our competition click here.


If you can’t, or don’t wish to help with the competition, please consider telling others and plan on helping us reach our goal by donating between now and 6:00 PM on March 6th.  To donate, click on the Donate Now button on the top right-hand side of this page.  If you are on your phone, keep scrolling, it’s below this page.  For more information and to donate click here or on the Amplify Austin logo above.


Blind Musician Gains Sight With New Technology




A legally blind musician in Denver has been given the gift of sight thanks to a pair of high-tech goggles.


They were created by a company called ‘Irisvision’ and they combine two pieces of technology and some app-based software.


The technology includes a Samsung phone, which is placed inside a Samsung virtual reality headset. Musician Brian Hurley, who started losing his sight at age 13, uses them on a daily basis to make music.


“Being able to look at my instruments allows me to be creative in as real-time as I want,” Hurley said.


He had tried other models from different companies but said none were worth the money the way Irisvision’s are.


“It’s almost like the sky is the limit!” he said.


Hurley is able to zoom in on objects through the goggles and focus in on things he wasn’t able to see before.


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