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i-Maestro – Improving Music Education

i-Maestro is an acronym for “Interactive Multimedia Environment for Technology Enhanced Music Education and Creative Collaborative Composition and Performance”. i-Maestro is a new European Commission supported research project involving a number of nations in Europe working together to use ongoing information technology developments to make musical education more accessible in both self-learning environments as well as computer-assisted tuition in classrooms. i-Maestro is specifically related to music education and training, in both performance and theory.

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Acclaimed Musician David Byrne

David Byrne is a musician who has explored and experienced all the different sides of the music industry. He has faced challenges, suffered disappointments, started new adventures and enjoyed moments of victory and achievement. Looking back on his career in music, he is an inspiration to future musicians, encouraging them not to give up and to continue fighting for their dreams no matter what the cost. Today, David Byrne is a singer, musician and songwriter who has awards like the Golden Globe, Grammy and Academy Awards to show for his extraordinary talent and creative abilities.

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Kurt Cobain: About a Son

The new biopic “Kurt Cobain: About a Son” is due for DVD release on 19 February 2008, just one day before what would have been the troubled musician’s 41st birthday. The film is an insightful and moving portrait of Kurt Cobain as revealed through conversations between Cobain and renowned music journalist Michael Azerrad. The film has received positive reviews from the Washington Post and Rolling Stone magazine, and has been well received at several film festivals.

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Yamaha Buena Park Service Center

Music is a global language that has the power to transcend all barriers such as race, language group and religion. Appreciating the influence their music can have on their audiences, musicians often take a lot of time and effort to get just the right sound from their chosen musical instrument. When a musical instrument has had to be repaired, the need for fine-tuning becomes even more critical. Yamaha Corporation has opened a service center facility in Buena Park, California, to deal with repairs on musical instruments and to serve as a marketing tool for their wide range of musical products. However, this is certainly no ordinary service center!

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Dealing with Dreaded Stage Fright

It is almost time. The stage is set, the audience has started to settle down and the stage manager pops his head in the door: “Five minutes, break a leg, kid.” Suddenly the words to the songs have disappeared, every dance move has mysteriously been erased from your mind, your hands shake and your throat is as dry as the Sahara Desert. You start contemplating breaking a leg as a plausible way to get out of the performance. It is your worst nightmare, you have stage fright. Fortunately, there are ways for dealing with stage fright and ensuring a successful performance.

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