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Who Really Builds Character in Teens? Would You Believe Mahler, Stravinsky, and Ravel?

Conductor Benjamin Zander's father served in the German army on the Russian front in World War I. For spiritual sustenance, in the trenches, he would read scores of symphonies that he could hear in his head, even if he had never heard the piece before.<p>Maestro Zander is in the trenches with music in …

10 Reasons Why People Who Learn Music Are More Likely To Be Successful

I have always been a proponent for music education, and thus am happy to see that more and more people are learning an instrument these days.<p>I myself …

Self Control

10 things you didn't know about Beethoven

How did a rat change Beethoven's life? Was he really a grouch? Who was his secret lover? There are enough books on the famous composer to fill a …

7 Math Problems Only Musical Theatre People Can Solve! How Many Can You Do?

As part of Playbill.com's Back to School week (#BwayBacktoSchool), we give you the opportunity to prove once and for all that musical theatre majors …

The readers’ guide to lovable new opera

<i>Updated: There’s an element of randomness to any crowdsourced list, and after this one appeared, more people chimed in with their own favorites that hadn’t been included. I’ve therefore gone in and added a few additional titles that were sent in — including a couple of operas that I personally just</i> …

Opera singer sings during brain tumor surgery

A Slovenian opera singer undergoing surgery for a brain tumor remained awake so doctors could ensure he would maintain his ability to sing, Metro.co.uk reported.<p>As doctors worked on Ambroz Bajec-Lapajn’s exposed brain on June 13, 2014, they encouraged him to talk and sing.<p>A Youtube video of the …

10 Free Online Courses To Make You More Successful

Learning

Hear What Hamlet, Richard III & King Lear Sounded Like in Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

As we highlighted a few days ago, recent findings by South African scientists suggest that William Shakespeare may have smoked pot, possibly …

Were teacher shortages and eliminating credentials and veteran quality teachers the reform goal all along?

<i>Indiana Governor Mike Pence.</i><p>Today The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss writes about Indiana’s teaching shortage.<p>What’s going on? Pretty much the …

A cheap holiday is not a human right – or a valid reason for missing school

Education is not a perk or an optional extra. It is a right that parents cannot and should not be allowed to take away from their children<p>There are some inalienable human rights to which everyone is entitled: the right to life, to shelter, to food and water, to liberty. The right to a cheap foreign …

Education

The World’s First 3-D Printed Violin Sounds Pretty Groovy

Stradivarius + 3-D Printing = 3DVarius<p>For whatever reason, violins are often at the forefront of futuristic design. But no matter how crazy a violin looks, the only thing that really matters is how it sounds. So while the 3Dvarius, the world’s first 3-D printed electric violin, probably isn’t as …

From the devious aristocrat to the invention of an entire genre, we pick some of classical music’s best hoaxes and hoaxers<p>It’s not just literature and visual art. Classical music has also been a happy hunting ground for hoaxers over the centuries. In a market that’s less driven by cash than the art …

Piano

Stop 'Defending' Music Education

Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter. It was just one more example among many of the "keep music because it helps with other things" pieces out there.<p>I …

8 Things Music Teachers Want You To Understand

Music was integral part of learning for every child in America for decades. Classrooms featured pianos and learning songs made school a fun place to …

“Talking Crap”—Focus on Teacher Bathroom Breaks Misses the Point on Problems Impacting Teachers

<b>N</b>early 18 years ago in his <a ” href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_zPyXX0Qf4″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>1997 State of the Union address, …

Education

Science just proved that yes, school DOES start way too early in the AM

You know when your alarm goes off and your like <i>it can’t possibly be time to get up yet</i>? That’s because, according to science, you’re getting up way …

Education

Peer Evaluation in Google Classroom - Teacher Tech

I am a big fan of self and peer evaluation. No matter what digital tools I use to give students feedback faster, there is still only one of me. If …

The Single Most Destructive Force in Public Education

On Monday, I had some fun with Chris Christie’s desire to punch the teacher’s unions in the face. Today, I think it is much more important to deal …

Why I Got Rid of My Teacher’s Desk

I had been thinking about it for about a year now. But the decision to get rid of my teacher’s desk was officially made on the final PA day of the …

Education Reform: Too Big to Succeed

I'm a devoted follower of Diane Ravitch's blog. She is a tireless aggregator and a commentator on the various aspects of the misguided attempt, through law, to "reform" American education. She posts 7-10 times a day every day, good news and bad, what is happening on the ground as a result of …

This Astronomer Turned A Star’s Vibrations into a Song

A duet between a piano player and a star.<p>It's not the first time space objects have made music. In 2014, it was revealed that the Rosetta comet was "singing a song" in the form of oscillations in its magnetic field. Burak Ulaş, a Turkish astronomer from Izmir Turk College Planetarium in Turkey, has …

How To Parent Like a German | Time

Frank Zappa in his Los Angeles home with his dad, Francis, his mom, Rosemarie, and his cat in 1970.<p><b>Not published in LIFE.</b> Frank Zappa in his eclectic Los Angeles home with his cat, his dad, Francis and his mom, Rosemarie, in 1970.<p>The Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick poses with her mother, Virginia …

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 1

The following warning should be affixed atop every computer in America's schools:<p><i>Proceed at your own risk. Don't accept as true what you're about to read. Some of it is fact; some of it is opinion disguised as fact; and the rest is liberal, conservative, or mainstream propaganda. Make sure you know</i> …

9 Lessons I'll Teach My Kids To Ensure They Become A Millionaire (Like Their Dad)

Every good parent wants the best for their kids. I’m certainly no exception.<p>I have three boys. Between them running around and playing with each other, I try to teach them some lessons.<p>Why? Because I want to ensure I give my kids every chance possible at following in my footsteps to become …

Self-improvement

10 Pieces of Classical Music Your Toddler Will Love

Listening to classical music with your toddlers can boost brainpower.<p>Not theirs. <i>Yours</i>.<p>As a parent of a child under the age of 5, I know you can only …

Motivating the Unmotivated

In his book <i>Dropping Out</i>, Russell Rumberger lays out the societal consequences, including:<p>. . . poor academic performance in middle school and even …

How Playing Music Makes Your Life Much Better In All Aspects

I don’t need any empirical evidence to convince you that playing music can improve your life. But playing a musical instrument is more beneficial …

Beyond the Classroom: If Shakespeare lives, why not Beethoven?

<i>“A long, long time ago,</i> <i>I can still remember how that music used to make me smile…”</i><p>Don McLean<p>I recall with fondness how as a child I used walk through …