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Exploring This Little Light of Mine - Soweto Gospel Choir

From July 7 - July 18, we will be working with a group of Teaching Artists at the Lincoln Center Education Teaching Artist Training Program on exploring best practices for Teaching Artists in Online Learning.

One of the ways for us to learn together online is to explore a work of art together.  Today we are going to listen to a recording of the well known spiritual 'This Little Light of Mine'…

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Added by Aaron Siegel on July 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Welcome to Teaching Artists in Online Learning

From July 7 - July 18, we will be working with a group of Teaching Artists at the Lincoln Center Education Teaching Artist Training Program on exploring best practices for Teaching Artists in Online Learning.

Watch the video below to meet Facilitator Aaron Siegel from Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, who will be leading the work during this project.



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Added by Aaron Siegel on July 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — 27 Comments

Meet Sasha!

Aleksandr--known as Sasha--first captured the attention of Music from the Mountains during his audition for the opening concert of the North Caucasus Regional Music Competition. He enchanted the room with a romance, singing one verse in Russian and one verse in Italian, his facial features and gestures tastefully embellishing  the melodic lines. Only 17 years old, Aleksandr’s voice is remarkably mature and well-developed for an opera singer of his…

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Added by Hannah Schneider on June 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Iraq and the USA - a tale of two orchestras

I've followed the National Youth Orchestra of USA since its beginning, as Music Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. We were in discussions early on about working together, but as our plans developed in different directions, as is often the case, our projects developed different complexions.  I'm still very fond of NYO USA, and completely understand the sheer amount of work that a national youth orchestra takes. Their team have my sympathies!

National Youth…

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Added by Paul MacAlindin on June 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Creative Immersions Launch - Bringing real world music experience to YOUR school

Remember our Songwriter Series featured writer Elizabeth Eckert? (you can check out our last interview with her here).  Well, we're excited about a new program she's just launched which brings her original songs to high school students throughout the country.  Creative Immersions (…

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Added by Elizabeth Eckert on June 23, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Meet Korine

A soft-spoken and instantly endearing adolescent, Korine is yet another representative of both the talent and the colorful ethnic composition of Adygea. She and her family are some of the many Armenians who comprise a vibrant minority community in the republic—15.6% in 2013.*  …

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Added by Hannah Schneider on June 18, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Meet Aleksandr

Eighteen-year-old Aleksandr arrived to record after having worked until three in the morning.  Polite but yawning, he sheepishly introduced himself as a cook, explaining that he sings, but is not a full time music student.  He glanced down as he mentioned, “it’s because I am an orphan, you see.”

Without exposing the most painful details of his story, he explained that he miraculously began receiving vocal training because a teacher heard him almost 10 years ago and recognized…

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Added by Hannah Schneider on June 11, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Meet Dasha

During the majority of the Music from the Mountains recording process, Dasha was just a rumor. Teachers and students praised this elusive pianist of implausible skill and musicality who had qualified for a major competition and flown to Moscow for the final rounds.    Dasha did not disappoint.  She returned to Adygea a laurelled hero, having won over the jury in the nation’s capital to claim second prize.…

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Added by Hannah Schneider on June 4, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Meet Bela Blyagoz

(Photos by Debbie Hoehner

Bela, who turned 13 shortly after recording for Music from the Mountains, is one of the few privileged students in her village chosen to take…

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Added by Hannah Schneider on June 4, 2014 at 12:11am — No Comments

Songwriting Exchange: The Art of Collaboration

The Art of Collaboration: Let's create a super duo!

How to Respond

Work with a partner from Musical Exchange to write a song or musical ideas around the theme of Summer. Post your song in…

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Added by Carnegie Hall on May 27, 2014 at 4:00pm — 17 Comments

Meet Andzaur

Fourteen-year-old Andzaur only travels to school every Thursday—if he is lucky.  Since his father is an invalid, Andzaur bears the weight of responsibility for caring for his family out in the village.   But in his fleeting moments of escape he devotes himself to music. 

On the recording day, Andzaur wearily entered the recital hall, supporting his accordion with both arms extended perpendicular to the floor, as a school kid might support a stack of…

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Added by Hannah Schneider on May 24, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

THE UNCONVENTIONAL: Finding Yourself Through Taking a Risk

I'm sitting here in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, getting ready to go check out the studio where we will be recording the winning song from the songwriting contest, on a beautiful spring day. (although my day started with me saying to my 2-year-old, "Cream cheese is NOT PAINT.")

Actually that's the perfect segue to the…

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Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on May 22, 2014 at 9:17am — 3 Comments

Songwriting Exchange: Story Songs

Story Songs: Tell a story from someone else's perspective in song.

How to Respond

Using a title from the 'What's in a Title?' activity,…

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Added by Carnegie Hall on May 19, 2014 at 2:30pm — 50 Comments

Meet Bela Blyagoz

Bela, who turned 13 shortly after recording for Music from the Mountains, is one of the few privileged students in her village chosen to take piano lessons.  While there is a musical school in her village, all of the piano teachers live in nearby cities and must venture into the villages on rickety buses, hand-me-down vehicles that travel the mountain routes since they failed to make the safety grade in Rostov or Krasnodar.…

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Added by Hannah Schneider on May 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Keeping Songwriting “Muscles” In Shape

When I first started song writing I would rush to to the finish line of whatever I was chasing. Reason why, I was scared I would lose the inspiration, that somehow the mysterious force that kicked open the doors into the world of unknown words and chords with seemingly limitless combinations would slam shut if I didn’t take would I could find and get out quick. It took years of writing hasty bad songs for me to realize that like a vampire, once I was invited into that room I…

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Added by Mike Viola on May 14, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

Songwriting Exchange: The Unconventional

The Unconventional: Incorporate a surprise into your song.

How to Respond

Write a new song or musical phrase that uses an interesting rhythmic, melodic or harmonic element to take it to an unexpected place! Post your work below using…

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Added by Carnegie Hall on May 12, 2014 at 2:00pm — 66 Comments

Meet Zaur

Zaur swaggered onto the rickety stage, rolling the classically sarcastic eyes of a 14-year-old boy who is feeling inconvenienced by his elders.  His swarthy complexion and characteristic local name testify to his pure Adyg pedigree, as does his tendency to slip out of Russian and into the Adyg language at every…

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Added by Hannah Schneider on May 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in USA

It's been a brutal few months. Building a team in the USA, and managing my musicians and team in Iraq, whilst sitting in Starbucks in Rudolfplatz, Cologne, Germany, where I live, hammering away on my laptop. Thus is the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq's 2014 Summer Camp and US tour being organised.

We're a pro-bono team involving the NGO of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in Baghdad, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Iraq Foundation, the US Embassy in Baghdad,…

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Added by Paul MacAlindin on May 9, 2014 at 11:50am — 2 Comments

Music from the Greater Caucasus Mountains

What sorts of musicians and music emerge in the mysterious Greater Caucasus Mountains? 

The peaks of this range pierce the horizon from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, dwarfing those of the Alps. Like the spires of Babel, they signal an explosion of a panoply of languages, peoples,…

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Added by Hannah Schneider on May 4, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Emergency Radio - Only Lyrics

-- Okay I'm having trouble getting the music down to this one (besides the fact that it's AP crunch time) so I'm going to content myself with just posting the lyrics to this song inspired by that Title brainstorm activity thingy --

Verse 1

The loudest silence I’ve ever faced

There’s nothing there

 

I’ve dropped off the map, I’ve been erased.

I’m reaching out

 

Tune into

the station

 

It’s just…

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Added by Alexa Corey on May 2, 2014 at 11:52pm — No Comments

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