Did you know that students who participate in the arts – music, drama, voice, and visual arts such as painting or sculpture, are a step ahead of their peers who do not? This basic training is completed by large and small ensemble modules and specific modules for each speciality: major instruments and historical instruments, singing and historical singing, composition, orchestral conducting, choral conducting, music at school, and music and musicology in partnership with the University of Geneva’s Musicology Unit.
The factors that shape the tradition are: (i) continuity which links the present with the past; (ii) variation which springs from the individual or the group; (iii) selection by the community, which determines the form or forms in which the music survives.
Unless you have some sort of dedicated music appreciation class – which I have never experienced, though I’m sure they do exist – most music classes focus around the teaching of PLAYING an instrument, which is entirely different than listening to music, and which aids in the development of many young childrens’ minds and their social skills.
Having the SXSW Music Festival in Austin was beneficial for the music industry as well as the local musicians: the music business was curious about Austin’s live music scene and had a reason to visit the city, and the musicians, who are normally isolated from the rest of the country in the middle of Texas, get a chance to do business with the industry from the comfort of their own backyard.
There are three main areas of activity that have sustained and nourished him over the years: Creative work (mostly composing, improvisation and writing about music), sharing that work through performances and recordings, using his experiences and studies to help others progress on their own path, through classroom teaching, lessons, workshops, etc.