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How did Beethoven become BEETHOVEN?

If you're a classical pianist of most any age it's a good bet your teachers from first to last have extolled the virtues of playing Beethoven, especially the sonatas. They are, along with J. S. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier, referred to as the pianist's bible. Whether you're preparing for a competition or your college audition, a [...]

The Top 15 Colleges for Music In the US

Music School Central has compiled a list of the top 15 colleges for music in the U.S. They "have examined the top schools for music performance and composition in the country that have consistently led their students to the top awards, symphonic orchestras, Broadway gigs, professorial positions, and other highly coveted jobs in the nation." [...]

INSIDE THE QUARTET

A lovely piece from the New York Times: Founded 40 years ago, the Kronos Quartet has broken the boundaries of what string quartets do, commissioning hundreds of new works that have brought jazz, tango, experimental and world music into the genre. The string quartet, based in San Francisco, has released 57 albums, sold more than [...]

IT’S THE JOURNEY, NOT THE OUTCOME – THE WORLD NEEDS YOU!

Some day you'll be sitting, capped and gowned on a stage, listening to an invited guest give your high school graduation speech. I've heard two speeches of my own and close to twenty-five more while I was attached to an arts high school. Most speakers try to inspire us with "This is not the end--just [...]

EENY MEENY MINY MOE…How do YOU decide?

The New York Times posted an article yesterday called Beyond Ivy Walls: Why Colleges With a Distinct Focus Have a Hidden Advantage. It’s not about art schools per se, but it is familiar territory for young artists trying to choose the best schools for their futures. The article talks about a young man who applied [...]

TAKING CENTER STAGE WITH ARTS-ED PLUS

High school singers, dancers, jazz drummers, actors, make-up designers—whatever you love to do—greetings and a warm welcome to you from ARTS-ED PLUS—college counseling for the next generation of artists. (And parents too, of course.) My name is Nelms McKelvain, founder of ARTS-ED PLUS, a lively group of artists and teachers who sees a need for [...]