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BILL ZUCKERMAN: Why Music Schools Will Go Out of Business If Music Education Is Not Improved.

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LIFEHACKER: Four Factors That Can Lead to Success. “We get so obsessed with the outcome that we overlook the repetitions we need to do to get there and that the system is what matters. We become so focused on the short-term results that we forget to build the long-term habits that make the real difference.

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LIFEHACKER: How to Handle Rejection Like an Actor. “Speaking from my own experience as an actor, you have to learn that rejection is just a part of the process. Failure to accept the reality of rejection means a career that’s dead in the water, and that can be said to some extent for any job field or other parts of life. Brush yourself off, soldier on, and walk into that next “audition” like you’ve never been told no before.

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ACADEMIC FREEDOM UPDATE: Marquette University Professor Suspended for Blogging. “Marquette University has suspended with pay and barred from campus the tenured professor who criticized a graduate student instructor in a personal blog, pending an investigation into his conduct.

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RICHARD SPARKS on Building Skills: “[O]ur choice of repertoire is also something that needs to push our ensembles beyond their comfort zone. Finding the balance of some music that they can achieve more easily, but some that is almost beyond their abilities (but not pushing them into the “survival zone”) is our challenge as a conductor.

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RAMIN STREETS: Top 10 Reasons Why the Music Industry is Failing: “[T]he loss of melody has been a major contributor to the decline in music’s standing in American culture. Traditionally, songs have comprised of four ingredients namely; melody, rhythm, harmony and lyric. Over the last 300-400 years, the strongest and most memorable music ever written more or less received equal weight in these four areas. Classical music saw heavier weight applied to melody and harmony. Then jazz, blues and later rock each applied rhythm to a greater extent (i.e. the rhythm section using drums, bass and guitar). This gave energy to the songs and to their performances both on the turntable and on the stage. However over the last 30+ years so much emphasis has been applied to beats vs. melody that the rhythm seems to be all we know.

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JEFF TILLINGHAST: How to Message Your Choir. “Whether it’s a rehearsal indication or performance note, or an adjustment to meeting times and places, the ability to easily mass communicate to your ensembles helps you manage your groups effectively. How do you do this beyond copying-and-pasting several dozen e-mail addresses, or forwarding old group e-mails just to salvage the addresses? Depending on whether you want to use e-mails or text messaging, there are a handful of tools which can help you quickly disseminate your message and get back to the music.