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Building Curriculum Diversity: Analytical Essays

Thu, 2017-07-20 05:02
Why is it important to include women in curriculums or histories? Why is it important that women's contributions are visible? If they’re not, we run the risk of their absence being accepted as some kind of unquestionable natural state. We need to actively resist this by ensuring women and their music are present in our classrooms and concert halls.

Schoenberg’s Punk Rocker:  The Radical Transformations of Dika Newlin

Wed, 2017-07-19 04:00
Anyone who knew her would agree that multifaceted composer, musicologist, teacher, Schoenberg disciple and punk rock singer Dika Newlin (1923-2006) was one of the most brilliant, eccentric people they ever encountered. Her extant works certainly deserve to be rediscovered. But for her multimedia pieces, it is almost certainly too late.

Beyond SoundCloud: Why We Share

Tue, 2017-07-18 04:58
In the wake of questions surrounding SoundCloud’s future, it may seem important to quickly figure out “What service do I use now?!?" But Gahlord Dewald suggests that we might first take this opportunity to clarify our goals when we share our music online, and then let those answers lead us to the best tools. He’s found several to get you started. What would you add to the list?

Mentor, Me—Beyond Musical Mentorship

Mon, 2017-07-17 04:00
Having someone as a mentor figure who was outside of music--Vickie Sullivan, a popular professor at Tufts University particularly well known in the political science and classics departments--was really grounding: it reminded me that my art and the skills I need to make it didn’t exist in a vacuum.

Building Curriculum Diversity: Pink Noises

Thu, 2017-07-13 04:25
Tara Rodgers chats with Anne Lanzilotti about electronic music, gear, gender, and the ways in which music is a starting point for exploring questions of belonging and nonbelonging, of identity and difference.

History Repeating: Today’s Net Neutrality Day of Action

Wed, 2017-07-12 04:48
Today is a net neutrality day of action! New Music USA is certainly interested in preserving a free and open internet and has filed a comment with the FCC to this effect. Eddy Ficklin outlines what's at stake--especially for creative artists--and shows you how to submit a comment of your own.

Mentor, Me—Sustained Musical Mentorship

Mon, 2017-07-10 04:00
Kati Agócs was a patient and thorough teacher who guided me like the complete beginner I was but treated me like a professional. I was such a sponge because I was able to see a person I so deeply admired that might one day be me.

Does Music Played in a Metadata Void Actually Make a Sound?

Fri, 2017-07-07 07:14
LPs and CDs package music with a wealth of information—liner notes, additional images, studio details, and lists of personnel. For newer digital releases and libraries of files that carry only a handful of metadata fields, their absence suggests that the music can somehow meaningfully exist without such information. Marc Weidenbaum argues that it can’t.

Building Curriculum Diversity: Stereotype Threat

Thu, 2017-07-06 05:28
One of Anne Lanzilotti's favorite things about teaching is that curriculum is alive and therefore must be nourished so that it may change over time. That means constantly reading and learning from colleagues and students about new music and new approaches to sound.

What Do You Think?

Wed, 2017-07-05 04:22
How do we critique each other’s work? What is at stake in such a conversation? For every successful endeavor, there are more failures. As I became aware of this contingency, “What do you think?” became an increasingly high-stakes question.

In Support of New Music

Wed, 2017-07-05 04:21
Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing case studies that illuminate networks of support for new American music, as presented by a panel of musicologist at the third annual New Music Gathering this past May. The full series is indexed here.

Kristin Norderval: Permanent and Impermanent Sonic Moments

Sat, 2017-07-01 08:40
Composer/vocalist Kristin Norderval's output has been extraordinarily diverse but addressing societal wrongs is perhaps the one common focus that unites decades of work whether she's improvising vocals and transforming sounds on her laptop alongside other musicians, performing with the viol consort Parthenia in a song cycle she wrote for them, creating electronic scores for dance, building sound installations involving upturned pianos or repurposed trash, or starring in her own evening-length opera about an abduction during the Argentinian junta, The Trials of Patricia Isasa, which premiered last year during the 2016 OPERA America conference in Montreal.

How to Promote Your Album

Wed, 2017-06-28 04:48
The moment you start thinking about making a recording is when you should also begin thinking about how you’re going to promote it. Andrew Ousley concludes his series by walking you through the process step-by-step.

What Is Music’s Comic Book Superpower?

Mon, 2017-06-26 09:50
In a comic book or graphic novel, there may be little lines that suggest a tiny burst of noise or emblazoned effects—words writ large in blocky colorful type—that announce the intrusion of sonic events. Sometimes there are even actual musical notes. This week, Marc Weidenbaum explores what the reader "hears" off the page.

Photos, Videos, Website: The Tools You Need and How To Get Them

Wed, 2017-06-21 04:58
There are tools you need before you can do any sort of publicity or marketing around yourself and your music. The primary materials are photos, videos, audio recordings, a bio, and a website to tie them all together.

Is the Printed Circuit Board a Form of Musical Notation?

Mon, 2017-06-19 05:06
Is the printed circuit board a form of musical notation? And even if it isn’t, what can one glean from all those diodes, the cryptic copper lines, the tiny landscapes of circuitry?

Future of Publishing and Music Education Debated plus Awards Announced at MPA Annual Meeting

Fri, 2017-06-16 12:54
The annual get together of members of the Music Publishers Association of the United States at the Redbury Hotel in New York City combined a luncheon, legal and copyright updates, lively panel discussions, and an award ceremony, and concluded with a cocktail hour.

New Music USA Announces Nine New Additions to the Impact Fund Cohort

Wed, 2017-06-14 11:00
The Impact Fund cohort is a group of 33 New York City-based ensembles, presenters, and venues tackling challenges facing the city's new music community today, creating a vibrant public identity for the sector, building connections and collaborations, and finding innovative solutions to the need for increased performance and rehearsal space.

Composer Advocacy Notebook: Staying Focused on Next

Wed, 2017-06-14 10:20
Classical:NEXT has the potential to be the most viable international gathering place for open-minded music-focused people, despite its name.

Top 10 Things to Know About Social Media Marketing

Mon, 2017-06-12 05:30
Social media can feel like a time drain for already busy musicians, but it will only become more important in the coming years to have your own following of supporters that you can communicate with directly. So get started or fine tune your efforts right now.