Sunday, August 31, 2008

End of Summer Link Extravaganza Part 2

Here is the second installment of some links I've bookmarked over the last while...
  • Shopping for school supplies for the coming academic year? Instructify has a list of The New Essentials: Top 10 School Supplies for Today's Students. One of the featured sites on the Instructify list is Diigo, a social bookmarking site. Educators have already been busy creating groups dedicated to the future of education such as MusEd Resources for music educators and Classroom 2.0, started by technology-in-education pioneer Steve Hargadon. ReadWriteweb also has a back-to-school list of 10 Great Web Apps for College Students, including one of my current favorite programs, Evernote.
  • Beth Levin in the online music review site La Folia writes some Advice to a Pianist Performing Brahms' B Major Trio, Op. 8:
    A word. Pay attention. The violinist in a piano trio is a show-off, or I’m not from Philadelphia. Don’t fret over his welfare and well-being. He will fend for himself, but more to the point, he will let you know when you’ve stepped over the line — any line — rhythmic, melodic, interpretive, emotional. He’ll also let you know when your hem is undone, but that’s another story.
  • Faced any tough rehearsals lately? Bet what you've gone through is nothing compared to what the performers for the Olympic opening ceremonies were subjected to in their rehearsal process:
    While in Beijing, the constant exposure to the dizzyingly hot summer resulted in heatstroke for some students, particularly during one rain-drenched rehearsal that stretched on for two days and two nights.

    The students were kept on their feet for most of the 51-hour rehearsal with little food and rest and no shelter from the night's downpour, as the show's directors attempted to coordinate the 2,008-member performance with multimedia effects, students and their head coach told the AP.
  • While we're on the subject of the Olympics, it is worth knowing that the Sydney Symphony Orchestra faked their performance in the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Olympics.
  • Summer is almost over. It's time to advertise for the coming academic year and grow your studio. How do you do it? Sarah Luebke on the Music Teacher's Helper blog has compiled a comprehensive list of what to consider when advertising your studio.
  • Those working as either teachers or collaborative pianists who are unsure of their mission may want to read Skellie's Freelance Switch compilation of 30+ Ways to Create an Incredible Client Experience.
  • On Tuesday morning, Canada's CBC Radio 2 will be eliminating most of their classical programming. In this YouTube clip, Wayne Strongman of Tapestry New Opera Works talks at a May 24 rally in Toronto about the importance of classical music's current diversity and how important the demand for classical music is in many marginalized communities.

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