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“The music business recently celebrated a milestone in the form of its first annual revenue growth since 1999, but one region, Africa, was unable to join the party. Digital music, responsible for the improvement in the industry’s brighter overall outlook, has failed to catch on across much of Africa.”
Read more at the New York Times.
“The American minimalist has fed bales of hay to his piano but it’s his six-hour-plus Well-Tuned Piano that has changed the way we hear music – quite literally”
Read more about La Monte Young’s music at The Guardian.
But you’re just the TA!”: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Student Interactions
Teaching is a hard job, and graduate students face particular challenges as teachers and teaching assistants, ranging from grade complaints to students challenging our authority in the classroom. In this workshop, we will role-play to develop concrete strategies for addressing challenging and awkward moments when we interact with students in the classroom, office hours, and email.
Facilitated by: Ariel Wetzel, a Ph.D. candidate in English literature. She teaches both writing and literature, and has been fielding awkward conversations with students for over five years as a graduate instructor.
“What is a library? Until fairly recently, the answer to that question was simple: It’s a storehouse for books and manuscripts. The fact that books are increasingly “printed” on something other than paper doesn’t change the fundamental purpose of libraries. They are our collective memory. Fortunately for posterity, a well-made book isn’t hard to preserve. But in 1877, Thomas Edison invented a new way to preserve the past. He called it the phonograph, and it took a long time for librarians to figure out that the echoes of speech and music that Edison and his successors etched on discs were as important a part of our collective memory as the words that Johannes Gutenberg and his successors printed on paper.”
For the full story, please see the Wall Street Journal.
“The late composer’s mastery of a gigantic spectrum of sound, texture and feeling makes his work some of the most special of the late 20th century”
For the full story, please see The Guardian.
Congratulations on making it through finals week! The Spring break interim starts March 23 and runs through March 31st. During this time the Music Library will open limited hours from 1–5 PM Monday through Friday. We will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Regular hours will resume on April 1st. Check our Hours page for more information.
“Piano wires snake around the room like the strands of a spider’s web. They’re struck not by fingers but by little mechanical devices operated by a computer in a corner of the room. They creak and bang with a sense of the apocalyptic, as if giant objects were breaking up. Is this work — “L-Carrier,” a performance/installation by Eli Keszler — music’s brave new world? Or just a new way of playing the piano?”
Read the full story at the Washington Post.
“Can music repair damaged tissue? Is it possible to hear it through another person’s ears? If anyone knows, it’s Tod Machover. As he prepares to create an innovative symphony for Edinburgh, Charlotte Higgins meets the music professor”
Read the full story in The Guardian.