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Deceptive Cadence
9:40 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

How do you encourage your kid to practice with a smile instead of a scream?
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:45 pm

When friends learn that my nearly six-year-old has been playing violin for three years, their voices shift a bit, especially if they also have a child learning an instrument. Two questions come in quick succession: "Does she like it?" and "How do you get her to practice?" There's a nervous energy to their queries, and usually a little laugh, too. Either they've been struggling with kids who have a hard time practicing, or they recall their own childhood boredom.

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In Practice
9:19 am
Wed June 20, 2012

In Practice: New York Polyphony

New York Polyphony perform Renaissance songs for an In Practice recording session.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

The four-man vocal ensemble New York Polyphony sings ancient music built for big resonant spaces. Since they can't just pop into St. Patrick's Cathedral any time they need to practice a renaissance mass, the group rehearses sometimes in the Jackson Heights home of bass singer Craig Phillips. There, in a modest-sized living room, they can hear every detail. "It's a very different experience rehearsing in a dry room and a small room," says tenor Geoffrey Silver. "You actually hear what you and your colleagues are singing, there's no watercolor wash over what you are doing."

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In Practice
9:16 am
Wed June 20, 2012

In Practice: Jonathan Biss

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 2:05 pm

It's tough to concentrate on the rigors of Beethoven with jackhammers pounding in your ears. So when they started demolishing the building next to Jonathan Biss, he moved his piano out of his apartment into a separate studio, away from the commotion. "I would get up in the morning, the piano wasn't there, and I had to leave my apartment to go practice and I've decided that's a much more productive way of working," he says. Biss needs a good working environment for his massive project.

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In Practice
9:15 am
Wed June 20, 2012

In Practice: Jeremy Denk

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 2:03 pm

Jeremy Denk has his own personal "piano boot camp." Actually, it's his cramped Manhattan apartment. Beside his beloved books, a trusty coffee pot and a laptop, there's not much to do except practice. Which Denk does, hours and hours a day on a Steinway wedged into his living room. On a good day, he brews pot of coffee number one at about 11, then plays for about five hours. Perhaps a run to the gym, then pot number two is brewed at about 6, followed by more playing — until the neighbors complain.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:27 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

The Cleveland Youth Orchestra: On The Road In Mozart's Hometown

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra embarks on its first European tour.
Roger Mastroianni Cleveland Orchestra

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 1:19 pm

Nurturing young talent is a long tradition in the classical music world, and many professional orchestras have their own youth orchestras. But it stands to reason that an organization with the kind of international stature the Cleveland Orchestra enjoys would have a top-notch youth ensemble. It does. And it's called, not surprisingly, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra — COYO for short. The young musicians have just embarked on a European tour.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:29 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Finding The Right Teacher For Your Music-Loving Kid

How do you match your child with someone competent, trustworthy and inspiring?
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:45 pm

With the current school year wrapping up and our thoughts turning to how to make next year even better, we're teaming up with our friends at From the Top to create "The Young Person's Guide to Making Music." All this week, we're tackling topics for music-loving kids and their families, from how to choose the right instrument to vanquishing the audition monster, with lo

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Deceptive Cadence
9:52 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Finding True Love: Helping Your Kid Choose The Right Instrument

Can you fall in love with the sound of a plastic recorder?
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:46 pm

Whether it's learning saxophone in school band, taking Saturday piano lessons, or participating in a top-flight youth orchestra, there are tens of millions of kids in the United States learning to play instruments. Way back in 2003, Gallup pollsters figured that at least 84 million Americans play an instrument — and at least a third of those players were then between the ages of 5 and 17.

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Deceptive Cadence from NPR Music
4:42 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: June 15, 2012

Could Andrew Litton be the next Colorado Symphony leader? Check your inbox.
Unbenannt Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 7:46 pm

  • The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, under the new leadership of chief exec Gene Sobczak has pulled off "a kind of short-term miracle." Less than a year ago, the orchestra was "so toxic that 20 trustees made an angry and abrupt exit," and they've been looking for a new artistic director for about four years.
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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Wichita (Symphony) Lineman

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:46 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Deceptive Cadence from NPR Music
2:03 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Tracing The Trail Of Musical Fathers

Fathers have played an important role in shaping musical history.
Matthew Scherf iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 10:56 am

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