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The New York Times: REBUILDING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BAND CLASS AFTER THE PANDEMIC

June 19, 2022

Young violists and sax players in Brooklyn get reacquainted with their instruments, and with one another: “You have to play in harmony.”

By SARAH DIAMOND. June, 19, 2022.

Covid Stopped the music. Now this school is striking up the band again.

Surrounded by classroom walls hung with colorful violins and music theory posters, Roshan Reddy counted to three. He raised his palm, a chorus of shiny horns and woodwinds hummed to life, and the first notes of Adele’s “Easy on Me” filled the band room at P.S. 11 elementary school in Brooklyn.

Despite clarinet squeaks and the occasional bleat of a rogue saxophone, almost every student was smiling.

 A goal of the band program is to prepare students for more challenging music instruction. But mostly, Mr. Reddy says, he just wants kids to leave school loving music.

“It’s not about trying to create a little Mozart, it’s about students finding their own strength,” he said. “We’re the people who have to carry music through this moment.”

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

February 13, 2021

CAROLINE SHAW IS MAKING CLASSICAL COOL

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.

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NYTimes.com: 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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