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  • Let’s Be Friends
    A few months ago, I made a big switch from using traditional comments to a system powered by Facebook. At the time, I mentioned this switch was an experiment in progress and now that we’re several weeks in I can say that it will be the ongoing ...
  • Betty White Wants You To Change Your [*******] Password Already!
    I realized earlier this week that it has been awhile since I posted a reminder about updating the passwords you use for personal and business accounts. As such, let’s get down to it. It Takes More Than Capitalizing The First Letter Of Your Old ...

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  • Does Creative Placemaking Work? It’s Complicated
    Back in November Slover Linett released the results of a multi-year study on creative placemaking. The study was primarily focused on the impact that music pavilion and band shells that the Levitt Foundation has constructed or renovated across the co...
  • I Am Not Really An Artist, But…
    I often talk about the difficulty people have in seeing themselves as creative or as regularly participating in a creative pursuit. I was reminded recently that it can be the off-handed depreciating remarks we make that can reinforce this view. Yeste...

Neo Classical

  • What Prisoners Taught Me About Music Appreciation, Part 2
    If you were serving a long-term prison sentence right now, what words or images do you think would come to mind? After this most recent performance at Walker State Faith and Character Based Prison, I asked the prisoners to share two words or themes t...
  • What Prisoners Taught Me About Music Appreciation
    Returning to Walker State Faith and Character Based Prison this past week once again left me with more than I brought in. Joining me on the hour-long recital was Nashville cellist and social worker, Michael Samis. The recital began like it did the la...

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  • 5 Things I Love about Making Music with Non-Professional Musicians
    There are two aspects of my life that connect me musically with non-professional musicians. Every week, I coach the brass section of the Concert Band from the Arlington (Virginia) chapter of the New Horizons International Music Association, an orga...
  • Month 3: Fairness, and all that Jazz
     Cultural Event: Heidi Martin Quartet at Blues Alley Continuing with my monthly challenge, I picked jazz for November’s non-classical music event. Blues Alley is a premier institution in Washington, DC, a town that has historically been an e...

 

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  • We are More Important Than Ever
    It’s been a long time since I posted anything on this blog, and for that I apologize.  In the past six months, I’ve resumed a daily airshift, plus I’ve absorbed the duties of the music library assistant, making blogging less of an ...
  • Big News Out Of New York This Morning
      New York’s WQXR is a leading radio station in the classical music world, so when they make big changes, people tend to notice.  This morning marked the beginning of a big shift when it comes to the organization’s content and the d...

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  • Hiatus
    I love writing for nondivisi and have cherished the opportunity to do so, however sporadic the content and quality have been. But with a heavy heart I must inform you that nondivisi is now on indefinite hiatus, due to a serious illness within my imme...
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.
    Many people know I’m extremely fortunate to play on an incredible violin that’s gained even more notoriety over the past couple of years. One of the numerous challenges after it was stolen was to try and pick up where I left off artistic...
 

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  • David Heyes interviews Jason Heath
    Today’s episode features a “turn-the-tables” interview with David Heyes of recitalmusic.net.  We dig into topics like: Jason’s career trajectory teaching bass making a life in music through multiple projects the evolution of ...
  • Crafting a Music Career Part 4: Teaching High School
    This series is divided into five parts: Part 1 – Preface: My Strange Path Through the Music World Part 2 – Building My Freelance Career Part 3 – How Sinking My Freelance Career Helped Me Part 4 – Teaching High School (what you’re reading) P...

Brian-Dickie

  • Oh my goodness!
    I am sorry folks - I have been completely hopeless with the blog in recent days. I used to pride myself on posting something, however trivial, every day. I now try to avoid trivial (not always successfully of course) and...
  • National Opera Studio on show
    I have been taking it pretty easy on performances these last weeks having been working pretty full time during the day. Not sure that I can manage so many 14 hour days any more! But Christmas is coming and I...
 

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SticksandDrones

  • GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM
    Well, it’s happened. You’ve squandered another perfectly good practice session by reading this blog. The good news is that it’s the last time you’re going to be able to blame me for missing that F sharp 9 diminished arpeggio,...
  • CODA. MY LAST POST…FOR NOW
    The height of your success is determined by the depth of your foundation.. To wrap up what has been a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas, to have heated and deep discussions and some real fun, I first have to thank Drew McManus (Adaptistration) f...

Lynn Harrell

  • Cello Perspectives With WFMT
    I had the pleasure of participating in WFMT’s cello month, which is planning to broadcast Songs My Father Taught Me on January 31st at 10:00 PM Central Time.  Noel Morris published a lovely piece about everything at the WFMT blog, which incl...
  • Thank you, Henri.
    Henri Dutilleux has died. His work as a musician and composer is, and like Stravinsky, will remain a pinnacle of accomplishment from our time; and given how long his creativity lasted, it is fair to say his achievements span multiple generations. I h...
 

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