Chris Carney

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19 Things That Great Teachers Do: Insights from Three Renowned Artist-Teachers

My oldest kid is currently in a phase where he tries to avoid explaining things by saying “it’s complicated.”<p>To his credit, some of the things we …

Teaching

5 Magical Things That Would Happen If Every Student Studied a Musical Instrument in School

In the next few weeks, schools all across our nation will have assemblies for their young students in order to introduce band and orchestra …

How to Give Ownership of Practicing a Musical Instrument to Your Child

<b>Practicing a musical instrument regularly is tough for most kids.</b><p>That <i>does not</i> mean that when your child is giving you a hard time about practicing it …

Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children, new study says

Parents who have patiently sat through countless music recitals and questioned their sanity at encouraging all those trumpet or violin lessons need do so no longer. Even ear-splitting dissonance has an upside.<p>Music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and …

Research

How to Cultivate a Great Beginner Band

How to Cultivate a Great Beginner Band By Anthony Mazzocchi I spent a decade teaching band in a middle school classroom in Brooklyn, New York. I …

Middle School

Why Instrumental Music Can't Survive in Schools as a "Fun" Class

Playing a musical instrument is fun, of course. But school administrators, teachers, parents, <i>and</i> students all have a different idea of what “fun” …

Meet the Seriously Talented Young Siblings Who Play Classical Music in the Subway to Raise Money for the Homeless

Lauren, Ashleigh and Christian Conner have been studying music since they were toddlers. Violinists and a cellist, the trio of siblings has long had …

Some Very Good iPad Apps for Music Teachers

September 19, 2015<br>Today we revisited the iPad list of music apps we shared last year and wanted to add some interesting new apps to it. While some of …

Piano

TSO’s mission to make classical music relevant to modern audiences

Technology is changing our lives at a rapid pace, Italian novelist and semiotician Umberto Eco once told the world's elite at its annual glittery conclave in Davos. However, he added, the spoon will never disappear. Because, he said, nothing else does what the spoon does as perfectly and …

Projection Mapping in a Concert Hall Brings Dvořák's Music to Life

Ol' Antonín's never looked this good.<p>As classically-trained musicians play Antonín Dvořák's “Carnival Concert Overture op. 92," multicolored patterns that coincide with the melody sweep across the walls of the Rudolfinum in Prague, combining antique and modern imagery to give viewers and listeners …

Flute

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Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala 2015

The Metropolitan Opera hosted its opening night gala on September 21. This year’s performance of Verdi’s <i>Otello</i> with Aleksandrs Antonenko as Otello …

Met Opera: Love Wins Again in Puccini's 'Turandot'

Love <i>can</i> conquer all, and if there are any lingering doubts about it the Metropolitan Opera's fabulous production of Puccini's <i>Turandot</i>, which returned to the stage last night with a solid cast, should erase them.<p>With the strong soprano Christine Goerke taking the title role, a reliable Marcelo …

Everyone can be an opera buff. Here are 7 steps to get started.

To a lot of people, opera is about women wearing horns, Elmer Fudd singing "Kill the Wabbit," and maybe Russell Crowe groaning in <i>Les Miserables</i>. It seems daunting. Even worse, you might think opera's not bad, but really dull: It seems dingy, obscure, and pretentious.<p>But it doesn't have to be that …

Franz Schubert - Winterreise, 18.09.2015

Winterreise: death or absolute silence?<p>by Laura Fontana<p>On September 11th 2015 Jonas Kaufmann's <i>Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album</i> was released. We have …

The Arts

Heartbreak Almost Destroyed This Opera Singer’s Voice

As tenor Stephen Costello prepared to take to the Met Opera’s stage, he lost his voice—down to the upset, he says, caused by the breakdown of his …

Metropolitan Opera Review 2015-16: Il Trovatore : Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee Deliver Definitive Performances in Powerful McVicar Production

There is an old cliché about the only thing necessary to stage Verdi's "Il Trovatore" is the "four greatest singers in the world."<p>The Metropolitan …

Revealing Photos Document What Children Eat for Lunch Around the World

What do children around the world eat for lunch every day? To answer that question, play studio and kids app developer Toca Boca invited 10 children from six different continents to photograph their lunches using phone cameras. The resulting snapshots, which feature a diverse variety of dishes and …

Cook Out