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Putting Mozart on the Map

14 January 2015

“Putting Mozart on the Map,” Wolfie Kicks Off Global Campaign To Revitalize Music Education   Tonara, have just announced the kick-off of “Putting Mozart on the Map,” a worldwide virtual recital to bring musicians across the globe together honouring Mozart’s 259th birthday. On January 27th, 2015, music teachers and students, as well as seasoned and budding musicians, are invited to attend the virtual event and play any score from the Wolfie catalog, which will be displayed on a real-time map on the Wolfie homepage.   “Putting Mozart on the Map” marks the first event in a new global campaign to inspire and engage music students by coupling classical music with today’s technology. Tonara hopes to show how technology can be used to connect and inspire musicians, regardless of location, age, or musical ability. Just as Mozart created music that resonates with us all, Tonara’s mission is to make music education accessible to all; concert pianist or 5th-grader.     Ron Regev says  “By digitizing the practice experience to make it more engaging and by providing universal access to the most significant classical musicians in the world, we are hoping to reawaken the joy of learning and practicing piano, the benefits of which have been proven time and again.”   Wolfie digitizes scores and  transforms them into an interactive experience. Using proprietary technology, the Wolfie platform offers a “magic cursor” and intelligent page turning feature that tracks a student’s playing in real time regardless of tempo changes and mistakes. By following a student and adjusting to every detail in real time, the intention is to make score-reading more natural and more intuitive.   Wolfie offers an integrated YouTube feature that gives students the ability to watch YouTube performances synched to the app’s magic cursor – enabling, music students to seek out new interpretations of classical scores. The platform also gives students and teachers the opportunity to play, record, and share passages.   For details on how to participate in the event, visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/682532281845631/


13 January 2015

 Music Mark, the UK Association for Music Education, will be hosting a Burning Issues conference on 5th February in London which will explore how music services across the country can deliver and plan for the future.  

Presentation topics include:  

  • Ensuring High Quality Teaching and Learning, with and without a line management relationship with the teacher
  • Access and Progression, finding the balance
  • Demonstrating and Measuring Success
  • Growing capacity through levering additional funding
  • Growing capacity through partnership development 

The conference will be held from 11 to 4pm at Avonmouth House and costs £75 to attend (including lunch and refreshments). 

The full programme can be viewed at http://bit.do/burningissues but for more information or enquiries, contact Matilda Egere-Cooper at 0203 747 4617 or matilda.egere-cooper@musicmark.org.uk  

Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival 

12 January 2015

Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival returns for two weeks over half term with a wide-ranging programme to stimulate creativity. Over half of the 2015 programme will be free of charge, offering all families and schools access to literature, music, theatre, poetry, dance, interactive installations and workshops. 

Highlights include a presentation by Russell Brand and Chris Riddell, about their children’s book The Pied Piper of Hamelin and the London premiere of Brundibár, a renowned children's opera by Hans Krása, performed by Mahogany Opera Group.  

There will be a free family concert, with the Young Orchestra for London, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and a rare concert featuring the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker.  

Southbank Sinfonia with Music and the Deaf will be offering a ‘truly immersive and tactile experience for both hearing and deaf children’ Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said:We believe that by giving young people the chance to shape the culture they grow up with, and share their ideas with their friends, schools and families, their creativity will be given a platform that can influence all of us’.  

Guardian Children’s Books will be giving children the chance to interview authors, upload podcasts and guest edit the site, extending the reach of the festival beyond London and Southbank Centre. http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site  

For ticket or price information contact: Southbank Centre Ticket Office – www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Schott Music collection goes digital and interactive

9 January 2015

Tonara, the music technology company, has announced a partnership with Schott Music GmbH & Company. Tonara developed the first digital sheet music app. and their music education app, Wolfie, uses polyphonic technology to transform sheet music into an interactive digital platform that listens to and follows the score in real-time. 

Schott have already made hundreds of piano solo titles available to Wolfie’s catalogue.  Many more, spanning composers from Bach and Handel to Mahler and Debussy, will be added throughout 2015.  This will add significant depth to Wolfie’s current catalogue, which numbers more than 1,000 classical masterpieces, providing an unmatched resource. 

The app is targeted towards music students and teachers, and holds all lesson and practice material in a single application, including sheet music, student and teacher recordings, and notes. Tonara recently announced a fully-integrated YouTube feature for Wolfie that inspires and encourages music students to seek out new interpretations of classical scores.  

Using proprietary interactive technology, Wolfie’s intelligent page turning feature tracks a student’s current position in the score regardless of tempo changes and mistakes. By following a student and, adjusting to every detail in real time, score-reading becomes more natural and more intuitive. Wolfie’s versatility in analyzing, annotating, recording and playback is an invaluable tool for learning and teaching.  

‘We are honored to be adding so much of Schott’s valuable sheet music library to Wolfie’ said Guy Bauman, Chief Executive Officer of Tonara. Ron Regev, Tonara’s Chief Music Officer said: ‘We believe that by combining the precious legacy that we have been left, with the best of today’s technology, we can create the best conditions for assuring the future of classical music’.  

For more information about Tonara visit www.tonara.com; for Wolfie visit www.wolfiepiano.com. 

Music4U national conference: music in the young deaf community

7 January 2015

The second Music4U national conference exploring music and deafness will take place on Friday 27 February 2015 at the National Centre for Early Music in York. This will be the 2nd national conference organised by Music4U, Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion programme for York and the Humber Region, led by the National Centre for Early Music. It is aimed at professionals working with deaf young people up to the age of 18, and looks at the challenges deaf young people face and how music can promote improved mental health and emotional wellbeing. 

The keynote speaker will be Charles Hazlewood, founder of the British Paraorchestra, the world’s first ever orchestra for musicians with disabilities, which closed the London 2012 Paralympics.  Charles will be joined by presenters speaking on a range of subjects. Barry Wright, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hull York Medical School, will talk about wellbeing issues for deaf young people; Jonathan Heale, Advanced Communication Solutions, will talk about the ‘Play Safe Now – Hear Tomorrow’ campaign, which raises awareness about exposure to loud sound levels in music education; Dr Chris Barlow, Southampton Solent University, will discuss the risks and opportunities of using mobile devices for listening to music. Mary Bell and Teresa Gale, Drake Music Scotland, will talk about the practicalities of teaching instrumental music to deaf children and Ali Harmer and Ceilidh-Jo Rowe will discuss an innovative project which investigates the way music helps young deaf children to build relationships with others through play and by playing carefully chosen musical instruments together.   

Three young deaf musicians will share their experiences, and there will be performances from York’s new Singing and Signing Choir and the Sirius Academy in Hull. The conference will be live-streamed and can be watched on the NCEM website at www.ncem.co.uk/hearing2015. 

Full conference programme, presenters information and booking forms are available at www.ncem.co.uk/hearing2015 or telephone 01904 632220.

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