Video: 3 Principles for Web Design

January 18, 2019 In: Sound Bits

In a concise, 20-minute video presentation, Joseph Van der Stel walks us through 3 key principles of web design. These principles will help you develop a critical eye for website design, and will also provide a valuable perspective if you are embarking on a new website or redesign.

7 Copyright Resources to Help You in 2019

January 9, 2019 In: Sound Bits

Happy New Year! Do you have a new year’s resolution to learn more about copyright and its implications on your work? We thought so! That is precisely why we have put together this handy list of resources for you: Video: Copyright Basics | A great 6-minute tutorial from the Copyright Clearance Center Copyright Term and […]

2018 Editor’s Choice

December 13, 2018 In: Sound Bits

First, thanks to all our readers out there! We appreciate you and always strive to provide you with practical, helpful content that will be useful and inspiring to you. As we look back on 2018, we thought we would do a round up of some of the content that resonated the most. Here goes: An […]

Spotlight on Innovation: South Dakota Symphony Hosts Youth Composition Academies

December 10, 2018 In: Ahead of the Beat

The following post was written by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, a 2017 Paul R. Judy Center Grant Recipient. “The world of Symphonic Classical Music needs new voices, we need to hear what’s in the minds of young people today to refresh our music and continue its evolution… This has been a great opportunity to […]

Sir Simon Rattle’s 7 Pieces of Advice for Young Musicians

December 5, 2018 In: Sound Bits

These nuggets of advice from Sir Simon Rattle can really apply to musicians at any point in their career. Certainly young musicians, yes. But also the rest of us too. I think these are some of the most thoughtful pieces of advice for musicians that I have ever read. The writer doesn’t simply say, “make […]

3 Productivity Tips for This Busy Season

November 28, 2018 In: Sound Bits

Alas, we now enter that wonderful, but often frantic time between Thanksgiving and the end of the calendar year. Prepare ye self! Our weeks will now surely be filled with extra tasks that must get done, tests to prepare for, papers to write (or grade), projects to finish, cards to write, rehearsals and concerts to […]

Failure is a Key to Success

November 14, 2018 In: Sound Bits

Perhaps failure isn’t the most talked-about ingredient for success; that prize might go to hard work or education. But I think failure is indeed one of the ingredients. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, especially in terms of social media. Whether it’s on Facebook or Instagram or somewhere else, we see people (mostly) […]

Achieving Audition Success

November 12, 2018 In: Ahead of the Beat

This post is written by Benjamin Fairfield, Principal Trumpet of the Abilene Philharmonic and Co-Principal Trumpet of the Midland-Odessa Symphony. He currently lives in Dallas, TX and was previously a member of The United States Continental Army Band at Ft. Monroe, VA. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from James Madison University, and […]

Resource: New Music USA Online Calendar

October 31, 2018 In: Sound Bits

We recently received an email from New Music USA highlighting their online calendar that ensembles can use to promote their events. If you are involved with a new music ensemble, check this out! From the email: Many concert seasons are in full swing by now. With that in mind, let us help you promote your work. […]

Converging Paths: [Switch~ Ensemble] Returns to Upstate NY

October 29, 2018 In: Ahead of the Beat

The following post was written by the Switch Ensemble, a 2017 Paul R. Judy Center Grant Recipient.  Formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2012, the [Switch~ Ensemble] embarked on a tour across upstate and western New York between February 21 and March 6 to celebrate the ensemble’s five-year anniversary and the region where […]