musical instruments – Russ Johnson Music http://russjohnsonmusic.com/ Fri, 01 Apr 2022 11:11:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-7.png musical instruments – Russ Johnson Music http://russjohnsonmusic.com/ 32 32 Beginnings of music education in the Philippines https://russjohnsonmusic.com/beginnings-of-music-education-in-the-philippines/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 16:10:18 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/beginnings-of-music-education-in-the-philippines/ TWO years ago, we suddenly found ourselves in a new normal. Since then, we have had much reduced social ties. Without assurance that this situation will end, the adverse consequences of lockdowns and mobility restrictions continue in many parts of our country. Although a little less strict in some areas, this situation has caused us […]]]>

TWO years ago, we suddenly found ourselves in a new normal. Since then, we have had much reduced social ties. Without assurance that this situation will end, the adverse consequences of lockdowns and mobility restrictions continue in many parts of our country. Although a little less strict in some areas, this situation has caused us a lot of loneliness, mental health threats, anxiety, stress and depression. Faced with this experience and faithful to faith in the goodness of our Heavenly Father, we turn to music to find the comfort we need. Given this, we are finding better ways to teach music education online.

History of ancient musical education. Three different contexts provide the context for music education in the Philippines. Music education can be provided to a community within the framework of a people’s culture. Another framework is a country’s basic youth education and a third is a college program that could lead to a professional career in music education or music performance. (Borromeo nd). Reminiscent of its beginnings, formal music education in the Philippines dates back to the 1500s when Spanish colonizers introduced Western music to the islands. “Solfege, vocalization and composition” were part of the actual musical training taught in schools “established by Church missionaries and music teachers” (Del Valle nd). As in any tradition, music education in the Philippines has seen relative changes with respect to curriculum content and structure. (https://ir.lib.hiroshima-u.ac.jp › files › public › Mr.)

Mid-years. The Music Education Act of Republic Act (RA) 4723 passed in 1966 provided for the teaching of music and art as a separate subject at the elementary level and the teaching of music once a week for one hour at the secondary level (Yamzon, 1972). The second RA 5523 enacted in 1968 benefited music education by creating various school division positions providing for ten (10) music supervisory positions in ten school divisions of the former Public Schools Office. With the publication of the revised primary school curriculum of 1970, music and the arts were treated as separate subjects allocating 3 days a week to music and 2 days to the arts. The initial implementation of the aforementioned laws firmly entrenched music in the curriculum of public and private schools across the country (https://ncca.gov.ph ›… › Music)

21st century. Major changes in the K-12 reforms introduced music as a regular subject from grades 1-10 and the introduction in high school of the arts and design stream which serves as a preparation stream for future careers in higher music education. (https://www.semanticscholar.org › article › Music-Education…). Music education pedagogy aimed at teaching learners the basic concepts and processes in music, to appreciate, analyze and perform for the personal development of the learner, to understand the main characteristics of Philippine music and art and of the world. This pedagogy sought to inculcate the celebration of Filipino cultural identity and diversity and the expansion of the learner’s worldview. (https://www.academia.edu › K_to_.12_Curriculum_Gui..) A bachelor’s degree in education, usually majoring in MAPEH and graduating with a master’s degree in music education, must pass the teacher’s license exam to be officially a teacher of music.

Music conservatories. Students wishing to study music performance instead enroll in a performance and composition section of a music department more formally labeled as a music conservatory. In addition to honing students in musical composition, a conservatory teaches students to perform, such as playing musical instruments and singing. The Britannica informs that the term “conservatory” is derived from the “Italian conservatorio”. In the Middle Ages “choral schools were attached to churches”. “Music in medieval universities was a theoretical subject comparable to mathematics) as in the Ospedale della Pietà, founded in 1346 in Venice. Then came the Renaissance during which the Conservatorio made its debut. This term Conservatorio “designated a type of orphanage often attached to a hospital.” “The foundlings (conservati) received musical instruction at state expense. Naples was the center for the boys and Venice for the girls. Thus, we can consider that “the conservatori were the first secular institutions equipped for training in practical music. “The Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo (founded 1589, Naples) trained or had as faculty members most of the leading Italian opera composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.” From the Britannica we learn that the first secular school of music for students founded in Paris in 1784 “was reorganized and renamed Conservatoire National de Musique et d’Art Dramatique in 1795 by the National Convention (the Revolutionary regime of 1792-1795). Throughout the 19th century, the French model was copied, with modifications, in Europe and the United States.” Of these conservatories, the Juilliard School seems to be popular among our musical virtuosos. (https://www. .britannica.com/art/conservatory-musical-institution) Among Philippine universities, besides colleges, the University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Silliman University, University of Filipino Women, University St. Paul, Adventist University (Silang Cavite), University of San Agustin, and Liceo de Cagayan University maintain music conservatories.

Pedagogy of music education. In a broad sense, the pedagogy of music education refers to “all practical, application-oriented, as well as scholarly endeavors aimed at teaching and instruction.” That being so, music teachers focus their music education classes on making learners know, understand, and perform all of the musical areas covered in the respective K-12 music education curricula. (Google, August 1, 2019) Although engagement in music education may not be a route to a professional career in music, music education in the Philippines aims to develop in students an “appreciation, participation, enthusiasm and a sustained curiosity for music, to benefit from their musical experiences through active involvement as creators, performers and listeners of music from a wide range of styles, traditions and cultures.” (https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teaching resources/discipline/arts/Pages/QMEF.aspx)

Teresita Tanhueco-Tumapon, PhD, one of the Philippines’ most accomplished educators and experts in the management of higher education institutions, studied at top universities in the Philippines and in Germany, Britain and Japan. She has held senior academic positions at Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan; was appointed by the president after EDSA 1986 to standardize campus operations at state institutions and served 17 years later as president of SUC. She is the director of the internationalization office and a lecturer at the Liceo University of Cagayan. Awards include the CHEd Lifetime Professional Achievement Award, the British Council Valuable Services Recognition Award, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Ministry of Education Award for his initiatives as a pioneer member of the Philippine Teacher Education Council.

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Music Composer S Thaman Boosts Pay After Akhanda’s Massive Hit https://russjohnsonmusic.com/music-composer-s-thaman-boosts-pay-after-akhandas-massive-hit/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 09:20:44 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/music-composer-s-thaman-boosts-pay-after-akhandas-massive-hit/ Thaman’s recent music has reached new heights. The action film marked Thaman’s second collaboration with actor Nandamuri Balakrishna and director Boyapati Sreenu. Music composer S Thaman is currently riding the success of Akhanda’s soundtrack which was released in December last year. Having spent fourteen years in the music industry, which has seen him experience his […]]]>

Thaman’s recent music has reached new heights.

The action film marked Thaman’s second collaboration with actor Nandamuri Balakrishna and director Boyapati Sreenu.

Music composer S Thaman is currently riding the success of Akhanda’s soundtrack which was released in December last year. Having spent fourteen years in the music industry, which has seen him experience his share of ups and downs, Thaman is undeniably at the peak of his career right now.

Thaman’s recent music has reached new heights. He works hard to bring to life any film entrusted to him. Thaman has provided music for films featuring some of Tollywood’s top stars including Mahesh Babu, Pawan Kalyan, Junior NTR and Chiranjeevi.

Akhanda, the action thriller, marked Thaman’s second collaboration with Nandamuri Balakrishna and director Boyapati Sreenu. In an interaction with the media, Thaman at the time said Akhanda’s music was different from his other projects because a lot of research was done to understand the nuances of Aghoris’ life. He had to ensure that the musical instruments and lyrics used for the Aghora episodes in the film were sufficiently authentic. He also confirmed that due to the delay in the release of the film, he was given the opportunity to update the background music according to new trends.

The soundtrack turned out to be a big hit and more because of the amazing background music. He received the maximum success of his entire career for Akhanda’s soundtrack. And now, following the success, Thaman has increased his compensation. His salary, which was in lakhs until now, has now increased to crores. While it still charges less for lower budget films, for bigger ones it now charges up to Rs 1.5 crore.

Thaman recently composed Radhe Shyam’s background music with Prabhas and Pooja Hegde.

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Musical journey of versatile music composer Mahesh Pani https://russjohnsonmusic.com/musical-journey-of-versatile-music-composer-mahesh-pani/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 16:02:51 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/musical-journey-of-versatile-music-composer-mahesh-pani/ Every Indian house has music. Ever since their introduction, the film industry and music have been close companions, and we all drool and sing the praises of Indian music and movie records. Undoubtedly, the beautiful melodies would not exist without the participation of Indian composers, songwriters and singers, who are well known for their heritage, […]]]>

Every Indian house has music. Ever since their introduction, the film industry and music have been close companions, and we all drool and sing the praises of Indian music and movie records. Undoubtedly, the beautiful melodies would not exist without the participation of Indian composers, songwriters and singers, who are well known for their heritage, talent and contribution in generating such delights for our ears. Although the Indian music industry is large and diverse, we also have a diverse range of music directors who deal with various topics and languages. Mahesh Pani, a renowned Indian music composer, songwriter and singer from Cuttack, Odisha is featured.

Mahesh started composing music in 2007 and has since released a number of gospel songs in Hindi and Odia. Without a doubt, the Indian subcontinent has always been a hotbed of talent, and Mahesh is a beloved household name among music fans. His debut album, Stutee Aradhana, is an Odia devotional CD, and its success has won him a devoted following among music fans. Popular tracks by Stutee Aradhana-To Papo Paeen, Stutee Aradhana Title Song, Aa Pheria and Jibane Bhuli Na Paru were very popular among the full album audience.

Mahesh took a sabbatical from active music for a variety of personal reasons and resumed creating and producing music in 2021. It won’t be enough to say nice things about Mahesh. He got noticed with his new music, inspired by a well-known song called “Dasa agyan”, based on the ten commandments. Reverend Jeebit Kumar Pani wrote a poetic rendition of this song. His next masterpiece is followed by the Hindi song “Tera Sajda & Sun Zara”. Odia’s religious song, Premiko Iswhara, and a romantic ballad, “Tate hi Chahen”, are among his most recent releases.

Mahesh has worked with many famous musicians in Odisha Arvind Dutta, Kumar Bapi, Amit Pani, Kuldeep Pattanaik, Somesh Satapathy, Subham Samal, Amrita Nayak, Shashank Sekher, Aseema Panda, Gaurav Anand and many more.. He is a verified artist on Spotify, Jio Saavn, iTunes and YouTube. His next release includes a Hindi devotional song “Woh Aaya Yeshua”. Apart from being a singer, composer and songwriter, Mahesh is still interested in musical instruments such as tabla and drum.

Without a doubt, Mahesh, a next generation singer and songwriter, has taken the music industry by storm. All budding singers are inspired by his innovation, talent and hard work. He had come together to focus on music after coming from a diverse background and had practically developed several hit tracks. His music is moving, one-of-a-kind and passionate, and it has captivated audiences. The recurring evergreen elements of Indian music have always been cherished and praised by music enthusiasts in India. The remarkable characteristic elements of Mahesh in his approaches leave an indelible impression in the minds of music lovers. He writes and performs songs to meet the needs of countless fans across the country.

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Santa Maria-Bonita Receives $3.6 Million Gift for Music Education in the Form of Apple Stock | Education https://russjohnsonmusic.com/santa-maria-bonita-receives-3-6-million-gift-for-music-education-in-the-form-of-apple-stock-education/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 03:30:00 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/santa-maria-bonita-receives-3-6-million-gift-for-music-education-in-the-form-of-apple-stock-education/ The Santa Maria-Bonita School District will be able to increase local K-8 students’ access to musical instruments with an unprecedented donation of nearly $3.6 million given in memory of the local music lover Elizabeth Anne Brooks. The funds were provided by the Brooks Family Trust in the form of 20,818 shares of Apple – each […]]]>

The Santa Maria-Bonita School District will be able to increase local K-8 students’ access to musical instruments with an unprecedented donation of nearly $3.6 million given in memory of the local music lover Elizabeth Anne Brooks.

The funds were provided by the Brooks Family Trust in the form of 20,818 shares of Apple – each valued at $172.79 as of Tuesday – and formally accepted by the district board of directors at their meeting on 9 February.

The Brooks family has requested that the funds be used exclusively for the purpose of encouraging children to learn to play a musical instrument and continue long enough to become proficient, by making instruments available for rental to any student from Santa Maria enrolled in a public school music class. .

Acting Superintendent Matthew Beecher said the district will cash in the shares as soon as they have access to deposit them into the new Elizabeth A. Brooks Music Fund.

“We’re very excited about this and what it means in the long term for our children and their access to instrumental music,” Beecher told the district council.

Brooks, who died in 2012 at the age of 44, was known for her love of the flute as well as other instruments like the piano. She performed in the Junior National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, and studied flute at Stony Brook State University in New York and the Suzuki Institute of Music in Japan.

Upon arriving in Santa Maria in 2004, she became a member of the Allan Hancock College Concert Band and the Christ United Methodist Church Choir, and was also known to have attended the Battle of the Bands competition at Ethel Auditorium. Pope of Santa Maria High School.

“It was his enjoyment of these performances that led his parents, Martha and Norman Brooks, to honor his memory by directing these resources to support the instrumental music program in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District,” Beecher said.

Board members marveled at the size of the donation for a public school district like theirs.

“This is probably the most gracious and grandest gift I’ve seen of this nature in a public setting like ours – we’re not a university, we don’t have deep-pocketed alumni or anything like that, so the generosity is just amazing,” said board member John Hollinshead.

Upon access to the shares, the district will immediately open an investment account with Fidelity Investments to execute the sale. Proceeds from the sale will then be placed in the Elizabeth A. Brooks Music Fund under the direction of the Santa Barbara County Treasurer.

Funds can also be used to provide access to musical instruments for students around Santa Maria, such as Orcutt.

Board member Ricardo Valencia noted that improving access to musical instruments for elementary students will also greatly benefit the Santa Maria Joint Union School District, where there is already a strong music program. with talented students.

“Now imagine what the possibilities will be for our young people when they get these resources at an even earlier stage in their lives. I get chills just thinking about it” Valencia said.

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The origin and mechanics of the Indian classical musical instrument Mridangam https://russjohnsonmusic.com/the-origin-and-mechanics-of-the-indian-classical-musical-instrument-mridangam/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 07:38:44 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/the-origin-and-mechanics-of-the-indian-classical-musical-instrument-mridangam/ India was the hub of different types of art, especially music in ancient times. One of the oldest and most important musical instruments is Mridangam Mridangam is a classical musical instrument used mainly in South Indian music. It is a popular percussion instrument, which is a double-headed drum and made of different types of wood. […]]]>

India was the hub of different types of art, especially music in ancient times. One of the oldest and most important musical instruments is Mridangam

Mridangam is a classical musical instrument used mainly in South Indian music. It is a popular percussion instrument, which is a double-headed drum and made of different types of wood. It is widely used in vocal and instrumental music presentations in South India. The instrument is also known as maddal or maddalam in some places.

Etymology

The name of the instrument is formed from the union of two Sanskrit words ‘Mrit’ and ‘Anga’. In Sanskrit, “Mrit” means clay or earth and “Anga” means member. In the early days when the instrument came into existence, the instrument was made of hardened clay. Over the years, people have started using different types of wood to increase their durability.

Story

Mridangam is known as Tannumai in Tamil culture. In ancient Tamil literature, Sangam literature, there is the first mention of Mridangam. There is a detailed reference of the instrument in the Natyasastra. It was the most widely used and important percussion instrument of the Sangam period. It was also used at the start of a war as people believed its sound was sacred and powerful enough to ward off enemy arrows and protect the king. After the Sangam period, it is mentioned in the epic ‘Silappatikaram’. In the epic, Mridangam was part of the Antarakottu, which is a musical collection played at the start of any dramatic performance. This was later developed into the iconic Bharatnatyam. The Miridangam player holds the title Tannumai aruntozhil mutalvan.

The instruments have also been mentioned in Hindu religious scriptures. It is said to have been one of the favorite instruments of the bahana of Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva, Nandi. According to mythology, Nandi performed Mridangam during Lord Shiva’s Taandav dance. Hence, the instrument is known as Deva Vaadyam, the instrument of the gods. Another story shows that the sound of Mridangam is a recreation of the sound that was made when Lord Indra rode across the sky on his elephant. Many believe that the Tabla instrument was created by splitting a Mridangam into two.

Construction

The body of the Mridangam is carved from a single block of wood. The inside of the wooden block is hollowed out to make it hollow. Most Mridangam makers prefer Jackwood or Redwood to make it. But sometimes the kernel of a coconut and palm tree and the wood of the Morogosa tree are also used to make Mridangam nowadays. The instrument has the shape of a barrel and its left head is a little bigger than the right head. The length of the instrument is usually a foot and a half or two feet and it has a diameter of twenty-five to thirty centimeters. Preaching requires great skill to achieve perfection. On the right head of the drum there are three concentric layers of skin. The innermost layer which is the full skin is hidden from view. The concealed layer is cowhide, and sheepskin is used for the inner ring, and calfskin is used for the outer ring. Goatskin is also used in some Mridangams.

The left head has two rings: the outer ring is buffalo skin and the inner ring is sheepskin or goatskin. The two parchments are stretched and held together by a braid made of twisted leather straps. The leather straps connected to the braids can be loosened or tightened to tune the instrument. Mridangam is very closely related to another classical Pakhavaj percussion instrument which is mainly used in Hindustani traditional music of northern India.

Mridangam Schools

The first school to teach the game of Mridangam was established in the 20th century. The most famous and prominent schools of Mridangam past and present are Thanjavur school and Puddukottai school. Both schools have their distinct styles of play. Mridangam game has become very popular over the years and there are Mridangam players all over the world. It has also been adopted by various styles of music other than Indian classical music.

Notable Mridangam Players

There are great Mridangam players in the past and in the present. Some of the most notable Mridangam players across the world are Guruvayur Dorai, Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma, Karaikudi Mani, Bombay CN Balaji, Kovai Venugopal, Mannargudi Easwaran, Prapancham Ravindran, Srimushnam Raja Rao, N. Lakshmi Ganesh, Rohan Krishnamurthy, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, Vasudevan Govindarajan, K. Murthy, Palghat R. Raghu, Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam, etc. Palghat Mani Iyer, Palani Subramanuam Pillai and CS Murugabhupathy are known as the Trinity of Midangam for their incredible contribution to art.

In modern times, Mridangam is used in Carnatic music performances. Although they are most popular in South India, they are played all over the world. It is a very popular instrument which is used in the Yakshagana orchestra as an accompaniment instrument and there it is called Maddale.

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School of Rock Expands Groundbreaking Music Education Program to Latin America https://russjohnsonmusic.com/school-of-rock-expands-groundbreaking-music-education-program-to-latin-america/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 14:23:00 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/school-of-rock-expands-groundbreaking-music-education-program-to-latin-america/ CANTON, Mass., February 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — School of Rock, the global leader in performance-based music education, announces the opening of a second location in Mexico City, Mexico in late fall 2022. Matias Puga Hamilton, the Latin American master franchisee of School of Rock, is set to open 20 locations over the next 10 years. […]]]>

CANTON, Mass., February 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — School of Rock, the global leader in performance-based music education, announces the opening of a second location in Mexico City, Mexico in late fall 2022. Matias Puga Hamilton, the Latin American master franchisee of School of Rock, is set to open 20 locations over the next 10 years. School of Rock currently has two locations in Mexico: one in Mexico City and one in Monterrey.

“We are so proud to be part of this inspiring company and to help expand the global reach of School of Rock by bringing the fun, performance-based music education curriculum to places across Latin America,” noted Matias Puga Hamilton.

There are currently 301 School of Rock sites open and over 50,000 students enrolled, operating in 13 countries, including United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, South Africa, Australia, Philippines, Paraguay, Colombia, Taiwan and Spain. School of Rock will open branches in Ireland and Portugal Later this year.

“School of Rock is thrilled to expand its franchise’s presence in Latin America and support the next generation of artists,” said Rob Price, CEO of School of Rock. “Matias and his team have already had such a positive impact on the students of Chile, Peru, Colombia and Paraguay and with his dedication to the School of Rock brand, he is the perfect person to lead this expansion into Mexico.”

School of Rock offers students of all ages an exciting and engaging music lesson experience, which includes bass lessons, guitar lessons, vocal lessons, drum lessons, and piano lessons. Drawing inspiration from all styles of rock and roll, students at the School of Rock learn theory and techniques via songs by legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Through the school’s performance-based approach, students around the world have gained superior musical skills, with some going on to record deals and bigger platforms such as American Idol, The Voice and Broadway. .

About the school of rock

School of Rock helps budding musicians master their skills, unleash their creativity, and develop the tools they need to thrive in life. Founded as a unique school in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1998, School of Rock has grown into a rapidly growing international franchise with over 500 schools open and developing in 15 global markets. Since 2009, School of Rock has grown its student body from 4,000 to 50,000. School of Rock offers a wide variety of music lessons, including guitar lessons, vocal lessons, and piano lessons. The company also sells musical instruments and music gear through its GearSelect program. School of Rock was awarded US Patent 10,891,872 in 2021 for its innovative method of music education. School of Rock has also won the following industry awards: 2021 Franchise Innovation Award for Most Innovative Use of Customer-Facing Digital Tools; 2021 Global Franchise’s Awards Best Children’s Services and Education Franchise; 2022 Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 Top Children’s Music Enrichment Brand; Franchise Business Review’s Top 200 List and Culture 100 in 2021; Top 200 Franchise Entrepreneur Magazine 2020 and #1 Child Enrichment Franchise; and 2018 Forbes #2 Best Franchise Medium-Level Investment Award and #1 Music Franchise in America.

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Savannah Music Stores Aim To Give Students A Quality Music Education https://russjohnsonmusic.com/savannah-music-stores-aim-to-give-students-a-quality-music-education/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 12:25:55 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/savannah-music-stores-aim-to-give-students-a-quality-music-education/ [ad_1] Music education and playing an instrument has long been proven to contribute to children’s development by improving their language, memory, listening and coordination skills. In times like this when the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives, it can also help them reduce their anxiety and act as a sort of retreat. It often starts with […]]]>


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Music education and playing an instrument has long been proven to contribute to children’s development by improving their language, memory, listening and coordination skills. In times like this when the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives, it can also help them reduce their anxiety and act as a sort of retreat.

It often starts with that decision in elementary school where students have the option of choosing an after-school program, such as a band or orchestra, which often continues through high school. In this journey it is common to see the relationship and collaboration between students, group programs and music stores that champion music education.

The legacy of Portman’s Music Superstore

Portman Music Superstore, a longtime Savannah staple, has an intimate relationship with group programs across the Southeast. Founded in 1936 by Ben Portman, Portman’s has been instrumental in the development of band and orchestral programs in the region. Jerry Portman, son of Ben Portman, currently owns the store and his wife Myra oversees the office. He said that prior to his and his father’s involvement in schools in the early 1950s, there were little or no band programs in the public school system and private schools in Savannah-Chatham County.

“My dad got a call from a few musical instrument companies that make instruments, and they said, ‘If we sent you horns in August, would you give them to the kids in the school marching band? beginner? And then whatever you don’t rent, send it back to us in October, and we can calculate the payment for the horns that have been rented. That’s how he officially got into the business, ”explained Jerry Portman. “He and I helped start music programs in schools that had never had music programs before. “

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Portman’s has other locations in Albany, Augusta and Brunswick and rents instruments to thousands of students each year. They also offer full repairs and music lessons with 45 qualified instructors. They laid the groundwork for the group programs students participate in today and, at the forefront, they emphasize the importance of music education.

16-year-old Anne Ou takes piano lessons with instructor Hannah Wong at Portman's Music Superstore on Abercorn Street.

“We are proud to have done this for 85 years. We created it. We are still going strong. We are dedicated to music education. We are doing everything we can, ”said Myra Portman.

Guitar and Music & Arts Center

Students and parents alike looking for places to rent and purchase instruments don’t have to look far. On the same street as Portman’s, Abercorn is lined with two other stores that emphasize the importance of music education: Guitar Center and its subsidiary Music & Arts, the two retail chains, they claim, provide the largest selection of instruments in the United States.

The Music & Arts storefront located at 7805 Abercorn St., Suite 20A.

“Music education is what it all comes down to at the end of the day,” said Mike Marra, Retail District Manager for Music & Arts. “We can offer students the opportunity to explore a new art and give them a platform to express themselves. Music education has been proven to increase test scores and academic ability. For us to bring that into this community, that’s who we all are.

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Both stores also offer private and group musical instrument lessons with qualified instructors, rentals and repairs, contributing to the many choices available to students in acquiring a quality music education.

The Guitar Center showcase located at 7700 Abercorn St.

Guitar Center opened on the lot next to Portman’s in November 2021. Music & Arts opened across the street in April 2021; However, said Marra, prior to the physical establishment, Music & Arts had worked in partnership with directors of local bands and orchestras for more than six years, helping students choose the instruments that were best for them.

“A big part of educating and maintaining music is about getting kids interested. And we provide services that help these principals go into elementary schools and reach out and motivate these people to try and get started so that we can continue to bring music to life in schools, ”said Marra.

Music during the pandemic

Like many businesses, the pandemic has affected the operation of these music stores. Guitar Center and Music & Arts offer virtual lessons, and Portman’s installed an air purification system to make lessons safer for educators and students.

Rodney Gerido is a 52-year-old tank top who started taking guitar lessons with instructor Lee Cheek at Portman's Music Superstore in January 2021.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has changed operations, music education has persisted, from children to adults.

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Jerry Portman said when people started to come back, it wasn’t the kids who came through the doors first, but more adults.

Studies have shown that music helps people get through the pandemic, which is evident in trends such as increased sales of musical vinyls since 2020 and increased sales of guitars. According to a study by Fender YouGov, nearly 16 million people have taken back the guitar since the COVID-19 pandemic.

A wall of guitars at the Savannah Guitar Center.  Will Bryant, chief executive, said there was an increase in the number of people wanting to learn to play the guitar during the pandemic.

“There was certainly a great deal of interest in people looking to buy a new instrument, whether it was a seasoned musician who has been playing drums for years, who perhaps wanted to get into the guitar.” , said Will Bryant, Managing Director of Savannah Guitar. Center. “We’ve also had a lot of people who were just looking for a hobby to take their time while they’re stuck at home. And a lot of people kind of look to the guitar for that because so many people would come and say that they wanted to learn to play guitar for years and years and years. Now that they are kind of forced to take that free time, it has given them the opportunity to follow that passion. ”

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The stores also make an effort to supply musical instruments to other organizations in Savannah. Friends of Ben Tucker Inc., the charity honoring jazz great Ben Tucker, partners with Portman’s to provide musical instruments to underprivileged children in the Savannah area, and Music & Arts has partnered with Savannah Jazz to sponsor the 2021 festival master classes.

For a city like Savannah that is teeming with music, music stores are providing the next generation with the tools to acquire a quality music education.

“It just means the music is always popular. The groups will be there forever. School music will be here forever, ”said Myra Portman.

Laura Nwogu is the Quality of Life reporter for Savannah Morning News. Contact her at lnwogu@gannett.com. Twitter: @lauranwogu_

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Yamaha: Establishment of a music school in Riyadh as the first officially authorized music education institution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia https://russjohnsonmusic.com/yamaha-establishment-of-a-music-school-in-riyadh-as-the-first-officially-authorized-music-education-institution-in-the-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 02:19:05 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/yamaha-establishment-of-a-music-school-in-riyadh-as-the-first-officially-authorized-music-education-institution-in-the-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia/ [ad_1] Establishment of a Yamaha Music School in Riyadh as the first officially authorized music education institution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Yamaha Corporation (below, “Yamaha”) is pleased to announce the opening of the Yamaha Music School Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (below, “Saudi Arabia”) in November 2021 as the first officially […]]]>


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Establishment of a Yamaha Music School in Riyadh as the first officially authorized music education institution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Yamaha Corporation (below, “Yamaha”) is pleased to announce the opening of the Yamaha Music School Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (below, “Saudi Arabia”) in November 2021 as the first officially authorized musical education institution of the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia is known to be one of the countries with the strictest religious discipline in the Middle East and Gulf region, and for the past 50 years it has banned the performance or dissemination of music in public places. However, in response to the changes in this situation brought about by Saudi Vision 2030* policy, which the country actively promotes, and after having applied since 2016 for a license to operate music lessons, which has been approved by the local authorities, Yamaha has succeeded in opening the Yamaha Music School Riyadh – the first official music school allowed in the private sector.

The Yamaha Music School Riyadh is located in a shopping mall in central Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and adjoins an exhibition hall featuring Yamaha musical instruments and audio equipment. Various course programs are available to meet a wide range of needs, from 4 year olds to adults interested in music. In addition to piano, keyboard, electric guitar and violin lessons, the school also plans to offer lessons in drums, wind instruments, etc.

Yamaha is also planning to open schools in Jeddah and Al Khobar, which are the main cities of Saudi Arabia, and to establish music promotion activities in Saudi Arabia and to contribute to the development of musical culture throughout the region. Kingdom.

Comments from Mohammed Al Mulhem, CEO of the Music Commission, Ministry of Culture, Saudi Arabia

It is the first Yamaha music school to open in Saudi Arabia. This means that anyone interested in music has been promised the opportunity to take music lessons at this school.

Comments from Kennei Sakai, General Manager, Asia-Pacific Sales Division

Yamaha is happy to share its business philosophy of “Sharing Passion and Performance” and we hope to help enrich people’s lives through sound and music. We are extremely happy to open a government approved music school in Saudi Arabia and through this music school to be able to offer the Saudi people the joy and excitement of music and the pleasure of playing musical instruments. music. “Quality of life” is an important theme of Saudi Vision 2030, which aligns with Yamaha’s goal of enriching people’s lives. With the opening of this school, we hope to further contribute to the development of music culture and education in Saudi Arabia.

  • * Saudi Vision 2030: a strategic framework for Saudi Arabia to diversify and avoid its dependence on oil revenues.

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A game changer for music education https://russjohnsonmusic.com/a-game-changer-for-music-education/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 00:22:42 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/a-game-changer-for-music-education/ [ad_1] Reading time: 4 minutes The students of Holy Spirit College Lakemba were one of 150 Catholic schools in Sydney participating in the Amadeus Music Education Program. Photo: Natalie Roberts / Sydney Catholic Schools Sydney Catholic Schools has launched a landmark new music education program that will not only help foster the careers of professional […]]]>


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The students of Holy Spirit College Lakemba were one of 150 Catholic schools in Sydney participating in the Amadeus Music Education Program. Photo: Natalie Roberts / Sydney Catholic Schools

Sydney Catholic Schools has launched a landmark new music education program that will not only help foster the careers of professional musicians, but will also lead to better academic performance and student well-being.

Through Amadeus’ Music Education Program, 33,000 students in Sydney’s 150 Catholic schools will benefit from a quality music education, including learning to play a musical instrument by early 2024.

Sydney Catholic Schools executive director Tony Farley said the program builds on the great tradition of music education in Catholic education, with benefits extending far beyond the curriculum. music itself.

“We need a solid musical education in schools, and I applaud the Catholic schools in Sydney for their commitment and investment in Amadeus. “

“There is a strong correlation between excellent musical progress in schools and better academic performance in reading, writing, arithmetic and analytical skills. So this was a time when we could put it all together and create a huge opportunity for all the students in our system, ”he said.

The program offers students in-class music lessons, ensemble lessons and small group lessons and will be led by more than 80 classroom music teachers and 270 specialist music teachers.

Tutors bring with them professional experience of orchestras and ensembles across Australia and the world, with strong program support from the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Sydney Conservatory of Music and Opera Australia. .

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Students of the Amadeus Music Education Program at St John Vianney Elementary School, Greenacre. Photo: St John Vianney Primary, Greenacre

“The Amadeus program is visionary and of enormous value to the orchestral world at large,” said Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.

“We need a solid musical education in schools, and I applaud the Catholic schools in Sydney for their commitment and investment in Amadeus.”

The program started with a successful pilot project involving 13 schools in the Auburn-Lakemba network.

“It gave me more skills and personal responsibilities. I have to keep the instruments clean, loosen the bow before putting it back in the case, and even show up for the tutorials on time.

One of the schools involved, Holy Spirit College mixed secondary school in Lakemba, said it was already reaping the rewards.

Principal Phillip Scollard said this has helped to dramatically expand access to music education for students from all socio-economic backgrounds.

“With our 7 years, even though it’s been up for a year, we can see that it really helps them engage in their learning more effectively, including better focus. Music is not a cheap business and therefore a program like this is also a real social leveler, ”he said.

Grade 7 student Elyssia Deeb started playing the transverse flute and said she had benefited greatly from the Amadeus program.

“It also helped me improve my memory because I have to remember all the notes. It gives everyone the opportunity to play musical instruments that we might not have otherwise been able to access. It’s a wonderful program and we get constant support and guidance from our music teachers, ”she said.

His classmate John-Paul Sukkar also had a very positive experience learning to play the viola.

“The Amadeus program is visionary and of enormous value to the orchestral world at large. “

“It gave me more skills and personal responsibilities. I have to keep the instruments clean, loosen the bow before putting it back in the case and even show up for the tutorials on time, ”he said.

The Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator at Holy Spirit College Ms Emma Hughes said the Amadeus program is starting to unlock many previously untapped musical talents among students.

“They never had the experience of playing the flute or the cello or anything and some students never even knew these instruments existed,” she explained.

The students of Holy Spirit College Lakemba were one of 150 Catholic schools in Sydney participating in the Amadeus Music Education Program.  Photo: Natalie Roberts / Sydney Catholic Schools
The students of Holy Spirit College Lakemba were one of 150 Catholic schools in Sydney participating in the Amadeus Music Education Program. Photo: Natalie Roberts / Sydney Catholic Schools

“So it has been very exciting to unlock these abilities that you would never have known existed without this program.”

Head of St John Vianney Elementary School in Greenacre, Mr. Justin Coupland said classes in the program had moved online during the recent lockdown, but face-to-face tutoring would resume soon.

“COVID embarrassed a bit, which made face-to-face teaching quite difficult, but tutors continued to post online through Google Classroom,” he said.

“As our grade 3 students start and enter high school, we’ll see the music programs evolve in all of these schools, throughout elementary school, but particularly in high schools…”

Thanks to the program, students in grades 3 to 8 will have access to 52,000 different instruments by 2024 and in-class music lessons will begin in kindergarten.

Sydney Catholic Schools executive director Tony Farley said it would have many long-term benefits.

“As we have our grade 3 students starting and entering high school, we will see the music curricula evolve in all of these schools, throughout elementary, but especially in high schools, we will have students who have benefited from four years of practice, working in ensembles and bands which will then enter our high schools with real confidence and will greatly contribute to the music programs of our schools, ”he added.

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Aceh to host traditional musical instrument event in 2022 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/aceh-to-host-traditional-musical-instrument-event-in-2022/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 06:33:35 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/aceh-to-host-traditional-musical-instrument-event-in-2022/ [ad_1] Either way, culture is a heritage from our ancestors that we must preserve. Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi (ANTARA) – Aceh province was named to host the Indonesian National Traditional Musical Instrument Exhibition in 2022 after Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, became the host in 2021. “Next year, Insya Allah (God willing), based on the outcome of the […]]]>


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Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi (ANTARA) – Aceh province was named to host the Indonesian National Traditional Musical Instrument Exhibition in 2022 after Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, became the host in 2021.

“Next year, Insya Allah (God willing), based on the outcome of the coordination meeting, Aceh province will host for 2022,” said Asrun Lio, head of the education department. and culture of Southeast Sulawesi, at the 2021 Indonesia National Traditional Musical Instrument Exhibition here on Monday.

Aceh province will become the 13th host of the event after Kendari in southeast Sulawesi becomes the 12th host from November 22-26, 2021.

The exhibition was first held at the National Museum in Jakarta in 2010. The 11th exhibition in 2020 took place in Ambon, in the Moluccas.

“Congratulations to Aceh for being chosen to host the Indonesian Traditional Music Exhibition in 2022,” Lio commented.

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He explained that the national exhibition was an annual program held in rotation in 31 museums across Indonesia.

The purpose of the exhibition was to disseminate information to the people regarding the diversity of traditional music across Indonesia, introduce them to the local culture and enhance their knowledge, and enhance the appreciation of citizens for the museum. .

The exhibition in Kendari was personally opened by Southeast Sulawesi Deputy Governor Lukman Abunawas, and attendees included the head of the province’s Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) and several other guests.

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“Either way, the culture is a legacy from our ancestors that we must preserve,” noted Abunawas when opening the event nationwide.

One of the efforts to advance the culture is to organize a national exhibition of traditional Indonesian musical instruments, he said.

“The museum has a public service that could showcase and promote local culture as well as shape the character of Indonesians,” he said.

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