Tag Archives: Education

singing is healthy

here’s an article from last july’s los angeles times about more research into music’s special effects. it seems music, and singing in particular, can have specific health benefits.

“The new research… is the latest to explore the health benefits of making music.”

i’m not a doctor, but i know what students have told me for decades: “you’ve done it again.”  done what?  “i came dragging in here, and i’m leaving feeling great.”

mission accomplished.

Ballet, Costume, Art, Music & Paris

Big exhibit opening this Sunday at Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, centering on Ballets Russes, including an extensive selection of film, lectures, performances of music and dance, and some costumes on display. Some details & reviews below.  Exhibit runs 12 May to 2 Sept 2013.



Considerations in working with pipe organ accompaniment

These articles are an attempt to alert the professional soloist to some of the details  inherent in working with a pipe organist, many times of necessity using music written for piano. Some general concerns are also listed. In no way is this a complete discussion, and it may be added to in future.  Continue reading Considerations in working with pipe organ accompaniment

NEA studies: Is art a gift or commodity?

“…a work of art is a gift, not a commodity. Or, to state the modern case with more precision, that works of art exist simultaneously in two ‘economies,’ a market economy and a gift economy. Only one of these is essential, however: a work of art can survive without the market, but where there is no gift there is no art.”   poet Lewis Hyde, The Gift

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) started something on its Facebook page last summer, with an inaugural  essay by writer and visual artist Makoto Fujimura. Here are 2 quotes:  Continue reading NEA studies: Is art a gift or commodity?