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Seraphic Fire signs with Columbia Artists Managment

Seraphic Fire, a professional choir in South Florida, has recently announced that they have signed with Columbia Artists Management.  The Miami Herald story has more information here.

This is a clear indication that Seraphic Fire is going to be increasing its national reputation with this move.  Up until now the group has built a strong reputation in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, with a few concerts in other venues (full disclosure/slight humblebrag: I have sung with Seraphic Fire a number of years ago).  By touring East Coast cities, they are abound to become popular with concertgoers in addition to the audiophiles already familiar with their Grammy nominations.

REM’s “Losing My Religion” translated into Major mode

BoingBoing recently posted this video of somebody who took R.E.M’s “Losing My Religion” recording and digitally shifted it into the major mode.  It’s not quite a perfect alteration, but close enough for anybody familiar with the original song to be surprised by the change. It’s amazing how the change of mode can so dramatically affect its mood.  Though minor does not always represent sad things and major represent “happiness,” the new version makes it sound like losing your religion is especially fun.  I plan to use this in my Music Appreciation class alongside the original to depict the difference between Major vs. minor.

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A thought-provoking article about boys and girls in school and what constitutes “gender equality.”  When I was on the Scholastic Committee at Principia College, we always noted that the list of students on Academic Probation had many more men on it than women, despite the student body having more women.  Yet I don’t find the issue discussed in many circles.

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Jeff Tillinghast on Tablets in the Choir room.  I have always been skeptical of these stories of using technology in the classroom, whether it’s laptops, ipads, or various other tech fads.  I can’t see how these dreams of “giving every student in class an iPad” pays off.  iPads can be conducive to learning, but in an unstructured way – allowing kids to explore related subjects, access video and audio files, etc.  In a group learning environment, however, you need to keep everyone on the same page, so to speak, and the learning modules for tablets go in one direction, much like the books they’re meant to replace.  Tablets can help students learn, of course, but I imagine for them to be really successful, we’re going to have to be willing to rethink our expectation of what “classroom learning” is.

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