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Studio 360

Björk's Brave New Musical World

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Björk has expanded the definition of pop stardom to include art, fashion, and general weirdness. For her last album, she added app development and musical instrument invention.

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Schoolbook

Training for Pre-K Teachers Puts Music Front and Center

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

WNYC
It's all about the music. Pre-kindergarten teachers in New York City are learning new songs to teach science, new vocabulary and other complicated topics. 
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Soundcheck

Face The Music: Why You Quit Your Instrument

Thursday, April 03, 2014

New York Public Radio's classical station WQXR is currently collecting and repairing old band instruments, then donating them to New York public schools. With the drive in full swing, Soundcheck’s John Schaefer and WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon pause to ask: “Hey, why’d ya stop playing that instrument in the first place?”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Itzhak and Toby Perlman on the Perlman Music Program

Thursday, March 20, 2014

World famous violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby Perlman, talk about the Perlman Music Program, a nonprofit music conservatory they run together for young aspiring orchestral musicians, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year. This August, the Perlmans are also participating in a retreat, Bows & Batons, in Saratoga Springs.

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Conducting Business

In a Rough Job Market, More Conservatories Stress Business Skills

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Some institutions of higher musical learning are trying to bring academic training closer to job market realities. Here's how.

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WQXR Features

Video Webcast: Angela Hewitt's Bach Master Class in The Greene Space

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On Wednesday, March 12, the pianist Angela Hewitt gave a Bach master class to students from the Third Street Music School Settlement. Watch the archived video.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wilco's Nels Cline Wants You to Play Guitar

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nels Cline, guitarist for the band Wilco, talks about his work with Guitar Mash and the need for music education in schools.

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Soundcheck

Who Was The Music Teacher That Inspired You?; Valentina Lisitsa Plays Live

Monday, October 21, 2013

In this episode: For her recent piece in The New York Times, "Is Music The Key To Success?," journalist Joanne Lipman interviewed high achievers who credit music experience directly to their professional achievements in other fields. Lipman is also the co-author of the new book Strings Attached, about her own childhood music teacher. 

Then, pianist Valentina Lisitsa -- one of the biggest names in classical music thanks, in part, to 62 million views on YouTube -- performs the music of Liszt in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Midori Celebrates 30 Years of Performing

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Violinist Midori discusses the 30th anniversary of her performing career, and the importance of music and arts education. She made her debut at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic in 1982. Today Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted educator, and an innovative community engagement activist.

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Schoolbook

Bronx School Wins $50,000 in Music Contest

Friday, December 16, 2011

P.S. 48 elementary school in the Bronx is celebrating being one of three grand prize winners in the "Glee Give a Note" campaign. The school will receive $50,000 in January for its music program.

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WQXR Features

Music Lessons as Child May Keep Aging Minds Sharp

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Tiger Mothers may have been right all along: Music lessons as a kid may make you sharper decades later. A new study finds that adults with musical training appear to have sharper thinking and hearing skills than their less musically inclined peers.

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Soundcheck

Smackdown: Online Music Lessons

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

There are thousands of free music instructional videos on YouTube produced by performers and teachers. Some even feature well-known performers such as Paul McCartney, Andy Summers of The Police and Brian May of Queen.

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