What is a Community Gamelan?

September 13, 2017 In: Ahead of the Beat

This post was written by Victoria Lo Mellin of Gamelan Dharma Swara, a Paul R. Judy Center grant recipient.  As a student and performer of gamelan for over a decade, I have struggled to succinctly answer this question, especially as it relates to Gamelan Dharma Swara (GDS), the New York-based Balinese music and dance ensemble […]

Grant Applications Due 10/1/17 for Research and Innovative Projects!

September 1, 2017 In: PRJC News

The Eastman School of Music’s Paul R. Judy Center is pleased to announce the grant application deadline for the 2017 grant program – October 1, 2017.  Click here for more information and to apply! The grant program provides funding for research and projects related to the topic of innovative ensembles, which the Center defines as: influenced […]

Harmony in Afghanistan by Christopher Thibdeau

August 30, 2017 In: Ahead of the Beat

The following post was written by Christopher Thibdeau, the Conductor and Master Teacher of Bridge Boston, an El Sistema-inspired music program. At Bridge Boston, Christopher teaches over 300 students that are often the most economically and socially disadvantaged in the city: 20% have been homeless, 20% have received support from the Department of Children and Families, […]

Music Ownership is Out…Renting is In

August 22, 2017 In: Sound Bits

There was a time no too long ago when consumers would greatly anticipate the release of a new album – they couldn’t wait to get their hands on it and listen to it from start to finish.  All 10 or 12 tracks.  They purchased the recording and could hold it in their hands – they […]

Online Professionalism: The “Life Update” Protocols by Zach Preucil

August 11, 2017 In: Ahead of the Beat

The following post was written by Zach Preucil, a cellist, educator, and writer who was a regular contributor for Polyphonic.org. Zach provides some great thoughts here about how to share your exciting news on social media. You’ve done it! Months of preparation, persistence and sacrifice have paid off and you’ve just won a competitive audition, […]

The Importance of Having Some Basic Audio Gear

August 8, 2017 In: Sound Bits

Every musician needs a way to record themselves and others, whether it is for the purposes of reviewing your practicing, or for much loftier goals like recording audio or video for distribution. As a freelance musician, or ensemble, or organization, you need to be documenting your work – your projects and initiatives – and ideally […]

Volume III of the Eastman Case Studies Now Available!

August 4, 2017 In: PRJC News

Volume III of the Eastman Case Studies features the following five studies: Expanding Musical Explorers at Carnegie Hall My House is Your House: Groupmuse’s Revival of Chamber Music After Monetization: The New Recording Landscape for Artists Musical Chairs: Rostering Break of Reality Omaha Under the Radar: Localizing an Experimental Arts Festival Browse the case studies and […]

Innovate. Music. Lead. Magazine Issue 1

August 1, 2017 In: 2017, Innovate. Music. Lead.

Issue 1 features a research study by Dr. Daniel Isbell and Dr. Ann Marie Stanley on code-switching musicians, a research article by Dr. John Pippen on residencies of innovative ensembles, a wide-ranging conversation with GRAMMY winning Paul R. Judy Center grantee Third Coast Percussion, and more!

How You Can Earn Money Using Skype & FaceTime

In: Sound Bits

Let’s take a moment to step back and recognize how amazing technology is (when it works!!!). Ok, with that in mind, it’s truly mind bending how many new opportunities have been provided by communication technology just in the past few years. For example, where guest speakers and visiting artists previously had to travel long (and […]

What is Your Brand?

July 19, 2017 In: Sound Bits

Well, maybe the first question we should ask is, “what is a brand?” It is essentially how people view you and your work, how they feel about you, how you are perceived by others. Think about Starbucks – what comes to mind? How does it make you feel? What about BMW? Apple, Inc.? They all […]