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I normally don't do articles or blogs on fund raising products but I came across a new take on the old standard of door to door selling of gifts. While it probably isn't for everyone, there is nothing to deliver, and the gift selection is top notch.
I ran across this video this evening while preparing other articles for the site. The film is of a very brave thirteen year old boy striding out onto the British version of American Idol and in front of thousands of live audience members and millions at home, singing what can only be described as an incredible performance of Pie Jesu. This kid is scared to death, but it only makes you wonder what he could do if he wasn't. Such talent, and yet he is so humble. Check it out!
This may be a little off topic for a music education site, but since so many music educators also are avid Macintosh fanatics I thought it might be fun to post it anyway. Considering the recent Illinois earthquake it seems a little timely to show how people with a mac computer can now help to analyze the jolts from the next big earthquake.
I often mention Guitar Hero in my blog posts. Not because I am fascinated with the game so much as I am fascinated with the hold that it has on my band students. Students that I can't get to practice for ten minutes on their clarinet will instead play for hours at a time on Guitar Hero Garage Band. Many times I have lamented that if only Activision would do something to incorporate REAL instruments into the franchise that music educators would stand up and beat a path to their door. Well, it may be time to start lining up!
At the 2008 MENC Conference I was able to attend a session given by Robert Duke of the University of Texas at Austin and James Byo of Louisiana State University regarding a new instrumental band method book that they have been working on over the last several years. Since the conference the method has been getting some significant attention on the MENC message boards from teachers who are looking for something new and innovative to replace the old, traditional method books that have been used in our classes for decades. What is making The Habits Of Musicianship generate such a buzz? Maybe it is because many of the premises behind it make so much sense. Maybe it is because the progression of activities in the book is completely different than almost any other method book out there. Of course, it could also be that "The Habits of Musicianship- A Radical Approach To Beginning Band " is radical in that it is FREE for use by anyone that chooses to download it!