Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Factoid of the Day

Back in 1960, women teachers were paid 14.7 percent more than other women with similar educations. But that trend reversed, and by 2000, women teachers were being paid 13.2 percent less than their educational peers in other fields.

School systems used to rely on the fact that college-educated women had few career options open to them. But those discriminatory days are long gone, and salaries have been rising for both women and men in just about every profession—except classroom teaching.
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Monday, April 28, 2008

Keep the Violins Together

What's the biggest issue facing classical music? It's not what kind of music to play. It's whether your orchestra conductor divides the violins.
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(Personally, I like it best when the violins are together. It's easier to hear, and catch bowings where you are sitting by the Concertmaster!)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Yo-yo Ma and the Robots

Yo Yo Ma and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will soon submit to a robotic overlord in the form of Honda's Asimo, which will pick up a baton to conduct the orchestra.
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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Rachel Barton

Violin people (and non-violin people too!) need to check out this article on Rachel Barton.
(I like the part where Itzhak Perlman yells at her for using the old wheelchair!)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Today is Arts Advocacy Day

I wonder what the fine folks at Americans for the Arts were thinking when they scheduled National Arts Advocacy Day to conincide with April Fool's Day.