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Musicians Institute launches first ever online courses

The Musicians Institute (MI), a Los Angeles-based College of Contemporary Music built on the idea that musicians should teach and learn from other musicians in a creative, supportive environment, is launching its first ever online courses on 17 July 2017. MI Online is open to students around the world and includes an exclusive online programme from jazz, blues and rock guitarist, Scott Henderson. Other courses include: Intro to DJing Harmony and Theory Fundamentals Ear Training Fundamentals Priced at $799 (around £610), the 10-week courses will provide a mix of pre-recorded video lessons, weekly assignments and live lectures using streaming technology.…

Welsh National Opera to launch virtual reality experience

Welsh National Opera will launch a new, site-specific virtual reality (VR) experience, Magic Butterfly, on 14 July 2017. With reimagined scenes from The Magic Flute and Madam Butterfly, the free experience will be presented inside a shipping container outside Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre and will allow visitors to use Google Daydream technology – a mobile VR platform – to engage with the reimagined world around them. Combining motion capture, animation, music and technology, Magic Butterfly is a new artistic commission from REWIND, an award-winning VR/AR content production agency which has delivered VR environments for Bjork, BBC and Red Bull. It features…

The current socio-cultural-political context to inclusive musical practice with young children and families

Dr Carolyn Blackburn, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education, Birmingham City University, gave the keynote speech at Sound Connections’ Early Years Music Conference on 6 March 2017. Introduction and context Early Years settings in England are supporting a high and increasing number of children living in complex and challenging circumstances. For example, 580,000 children known to be eligible for free school meals had not reached the Government’s definition of a good level of development at the age of five (DfE, 2016). The question is raised of why this is and how…

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