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The Atlantic: “Can Classical Music Make a Comeback?”

February 13, 2021


By JONATHAN GHARRAIE. This article was published online on February 13, 2021. It appears in the March, 2021 issue of the publication.

Her innovative work won her a Pulitzer Prize at age 30. She’s collaborate with Kanye and Nas. What does her success mean for the long-suffering genre?

“I started on a 64th-size violin,” she recalls. Shaw fell in love with classical music—singing in a church choir and watching Amadeus over and over. She had a Lisa Loeb tape and a passing acquaintance with 4 Non Blondes, but by middle school, classical music was key to her identity.

Read the full article here. Pantyhose and Trash Bags: How Music Programs Are Surviving in the Pandemic

December 2, 2020

In 13 years of playing flute, Gabriella Alvarez never imagined playing with a clear plastic trash bag around her instrument. Kevin Vigil never foresaw his fellow tuba players wrapping pantyhose around their instrument bells.

And neither expected to watch their marching band at New Mexico State University play through cloth face masks, separated by six-foot loops of water pipe, with bags filled with hand sanitizer and disinfectant strapped around their waists.

But this is band practice in a pandemic.

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Music Lessons Were the Best Thing Your Parents Ever Did for You, According to Science

February 17, 2015

If your parents ever submitted you to regular music lessons as a kid, you probably got in a fight with them once or twice about it. Maybe you didn’t want to go; maybe you didn’t like practicing. But we have some bad news: They were right. It turns out that all those endless major scale exercises and repetitions of “Chopsticks” had some incredible effects on our minds.

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