I'm getting deep into music theory and I'd like to update my RSS feed accordingly. So what are some great blogs that post things like discussions of music theory books, musicological analysis of popular music, music theory related trivia, etc? How can I be more of a nerd in this way?
I'd like some educational resources that I can share with my kid's daycare to help them understand why I don't want my toddler to learn blackface minstrel songs in music class. [more inside]
I would like to learn how to play the piano and am considering whether to learn via adult education courses, private lessons or teach myself. Or even a mix. [more inside]
Which organisations, companies, community groups, etc support and encourage embracing both arts/humanities AND STEM (especially technology)? [more inside]
My child (almost 5) is showing an interest in music and I would like to get him started with music lessons. Please help me pick an instrument for him. [more inside]
I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
Help me find a goodbye song for a flash mob of dancing elementary-school teachers on the last day of school. [more inside]
I am a mother of 3 kids, age 2,4,10. I need babysitter to take care of my kids for 1-2 hours during the weekend, so that I can run other errands. But it seems that babysitters typically look for more work (money) than 1-2hrs ($30)/job (with typical rate of $15/hr). I am willing to pay $30 to $60 per hour if the babysitter can teach the kids music, dance, gym, drawing or other arts and can involve all three of my kids. [more inside]
Depictions of success and failure in American culture? Films, videos, commercials, shows, songs, and other (non-literary) media requested. [more inside]
I realized recently that as a college graduate with a B.A. in Philosophy, i know absolutely nothing. I want to educate myself in classic literature, great music (folk, jazz, classical), philosophy, poetry, and art. Where should i begin? The project seems overwhelming to me. I'm throwing out the TV and i want to occupy my time with material that will help me grow as an individual. Any ideas? Suggestions?
Fifth grade appropriate, positive, and catchy songs that have some enriching or interesting vocabulary?
I've been trying to help my wife with this over the last week. She's looking for "school-appropriate, positive, and catchy songs that have some enriching or interesting vocabulary." They have three main requirements: 1. The lyrics have vocabulary and other literary devices that they can use as teaching points. 2. The song is "catchy". (something 10- and 11-year-olds and their teachers will enjoy) 3. The song has a positive message. [more inside]
My weekly musicfilter: Help me train my ear. [more inside]
What are the most inspiring, exciting documentaries on music education? [more inside]
I want to spend the next year getting better at writing and composing music -- how do I do it? [more inside]
How can I increase the number of students in my piano teaching business [more inside]
Studying music at highschool, there was a course book which was all scores, covering music periods from antiquity to 20thC, came with an accompanying CD set, and notes on score reading etc. Can't remember what they were. Does anyone have any ideas? [more inside]
Help me find classical music non-profit organizations in the USA. [more inside]
Where can I go for a 1-2 year music degree? [more inside]
I'm a US History teacher, and have had great results using songs about American History, but I'm looking for more! Can you give some recommendations? [more inside]
I am currently researching charities that support music education for kids, for the purpose of a bequest from someone who held that as a high value in his life. [more inside]
What are some of the leading computer music (electronic composition) schools in Canada? What about North America? [more inside]
I've just recently started teaching music & I want to do a good job not just teaching the technical aspects, but really getting at musicality. What were your "aha" moments when you were learning music & how do you think you could produce those same flashes of insight in someone else? [more inside]
Advice on which school districts in Virginia specifically, but other states in general, have a shortage of music teachers and would be more willing to hire someone eligible for an alternative or provisional teaching license. I have taken and passed the Praxis II content test for music, and the VCLA test. [more inside]
Musicfilter: Looking for a song for a friends retirement. She's retiring from high school English teaching after 34 years. We're looking for something along the lines of: upbeat, rock and roll genre, has a positive message, sad to leave friends but happy to not grade any more papers, hoping she left a positive influence. She is considering a couple of songs, one by the Association, one by the Eagles and one by Daughtry (she can't remember the titles of the songs). All clever and fun recommendations are appreciated.
I'd like any software or website that helps visualize rhythms. [more inside]
I'm looking for striking, rich new fields of world music to explore with kids. [more inside]
How much musical experience/ability does one need to teach music lessons? [more inside]
Over the last few years I've become very passionate about the pursuit of electronic music, and I'd like to become very proficient at sampling/remixing/dj-ing etc. Having been inspired by artists such as Daft Punk, Justice, the Twelves, etc., I would love to be able to do what they do, but many of their production techniques are completely beyond me. Are there any schools/programs out there that can teach me the skills to become a professional-level electronica artist? Ideally I would like to find a degree program in electronic music, rather than a diploma or certificate.
Musicfilter. We are a high school library and we're putting together an intro video for sophomores on nonfiction. Anybody know any music that might apply? [more inside]
UCLA or UC Berkeley music program? [more inside]
Music Teacher Filter Questions 1) Is it possible to be a music teacher in a public school and focus on non-classical music? 2) How would the market for that kind of music program be? [more inside]
I'm looking for an open source MP3 (or OGG) player for creation of educational listening drills. Must be portable, and flexible for creation, editing, burning of playlists and queues -- details on its use in here... [more inside]
When I read the biographies of artists I admire, they always seem to start with lines like "began playing the piano at 5", "got first drumkit at 7", and so forth. Every great musician I've known personally got started at a very young age, usually before age 12. Have there been any successful (defined here as having produced music enjoyed by a significant number of people) who came to music relatively late in life? Past 18? 30? 40?
Which classical stringed musical instrument should I learn to eventually join an amateur string quartet?
I'd like to learn a classical stringed musical instrument and eventually join an amateur string quartet. I'm an adult with decent musical ability and a good sense of pitch, but no background with stringed (especially bowed) instruments. I'd be equally interested in any of the stringed instruments typically found in a string quartet. Which instrument should I choose? Which instrument would make me most valuable to a potential quartet? Are there more adult amateurs playing one than another? Any advice on learning a stringed instrument as an adult?
Who was the first hip-hop artist to "drop science"? [more inside]
Charities/non-profits related to music education? [more inside]
Are there student loans for continuing education programs? [more inside]
Any info on what an 11 year old should be doing in preparation for acceptance into a college specailizing in music. He is very self motivated, loves playing the guitar, can play the piano and has mentioned Juilliard several times. Not sure where he picked up that particular name. Any info would be greatly appreciated by his non-college, non-musical mother...
Where can I get a small magnetic board with staff notation and magnetic notes in the UK? [more inside]
So I'm in China teaching English to a batch of little Asianlings, and both I and the kids despise the English-language music they're forced to learn. "Apple apple I love you"??? We can do better, folks. I've tracked down the original "Bananaphone" by Raffi and had amazing success with it, but I need more kooky, interesting, easy-to-understand music for kids. Ideas?
I want to make a mix CD based on educational songs that still sound good. Any subject - biology, chemistry, grammar, history, you name it. What songs should I add to my collection?
I am in the last semester of my undergraduate years, and am facing the prospect of 'real life' in a few months. I live in Los Angeles and am planning on pursuing music and screenwriting as a career, but obviously will need to work to support myself while I pursue these unlikely options. I am wondering what suggestions people have as to what jobs would pay a living wage relatively quickly without much experience...[more inside] [more inside]