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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Award for Free Jazz Blog

By Stef

This may be one of those self-serving awards, created just for the organisers to get some wider - and free - exposure thanks to the recipients of the award, who are all too eager to let their sense of pride and ego do the promotion.

In any case : here is the context :

"In 2001, The College Entrance Examination Board found those students involved with music appreciation outscored their counterparts by 63 points on the verbal portion of the examination and 44 points higher on mathematics. These types of statistics should be kept in the mind while our nation’s legislative body decides whether or not to strengthen the arts education curriculum within our federal educational policy.

As music and arts education organizations, professionals and advocates rally to support their causes in education and elsewhere, we at eCollegeFinder want to support their causes by giving voice to the best on the Internet.

The Top 75 Music & Arts Enthusiasts award recognizes the websites that best represent the voice of music and arts in both culture and education"

In any case, we trust the value of the award and thank the organisers for it. Music and arts cannot be promoted enough, especially the most adventurous ones.



Maciej Nowotny (Editor) said...

Your job deserves highest praise! Thank you for your creativity, perseverance and taste :-)))

Alex Marianyi said...

The issue no longer lies in convincing the bureaucracy that is the federal government that music education is worthwhile. We've thrown statistics such as these at them for years, and they still don't seem to care about anything other than the military budget. I do believe one definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again with the same variables and expecting a different outcome.

What will they respond to?

Well right now, there's a decrease in funding for music programs because there's a decrease in enrollment in many music programs. Obviously, musicians and educators understand that these enrollment numbers are dropping mostly as a result of a lack of funding; however, that doesn't mean that the federal government cares. The government will respond to an increase in enrollment.

How do we accomplish this?

Up to this point, we've made small changes in overall music curriculum in this country hoping that some tiny little tweak will work and send the numbers (and the budget) over the edge. Clearly, this has not been working.

I've proposed something in a blog post on my blog that partially remedies this issue of numbers and could possibly increase enthusiasm for music programs nationwide.

Anyway... that has nothing to do with you guys actually winning the award. Congratulations! I love your blog and read it regularly.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Stef!

Anonymous said...

With all due respect,I much prefer,"Touching Extremes" to "Free Jazz".
Ricci has a far deeper grasp of the music.

Stef said...

Thanks Anonymous!