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Early Music Meets the 21st Century

Tue, 2014-02-25 10:47

NEC’s School of Continuing Education Professional Studies Certificate candidate Amy Kao, gave her final recital on Saturday February 22, 2014 in Brown Hall.   Amy performed works by Froberger, Handel, Bach and Scarlatti on a 1987 custom built French double-manual harpsichord  by Allan Winkler.  The harpsichord is based on the work of the Parisian builder Francois Blanchet II and was built here in Boston.

What made this recital even more interesting was that Amy’s entire performance was done without sheet music.  Instead, she chose to use a tablet computer with a foot pedal mechanism to turn the pages of the music which had been scanned into the tablet computer.

A special congratulations to Amy on a great performance and we wish her all the best in the next stage of her musical journey!

      NEC School of Professional Studies Certificate Graduate Amy Kao

Early music meets the 21st century


French double-manual harpsichord by Allan Winkler (notice the tablet computer and foot pedals)

Amy Kao pictured with NEC Faculty John Gibbons (center) and Allan Winkler (craftsman of harpsichord).



NEC Professional Studies Certificate

Thu, 2014-01-30 16:29

A special congratulations to our Professional Studies Certificate in Jazz student, Lisa Witwicki, who gave her final recital on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

We wish her all the best in the next stage of her musical journey!

To learn more about our certificate programs and how we can help you achieve your musical goals please visit our Certificate Programs page.

Caustic: An amazing music creation tool!

Fri, 2014-01-17 16:42

“Caustic is a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizer/sampler rigs. Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices.”

We love this blog!

iPad and Technology in Music Education 

Check out the iTunes store for more info and how you can start using this tool in your music classroom!

2014 Grammy Awards

Thu, 2014-01-09 11:46

Lorde, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke added to the lineup!

Here in the SCE, we love checking out all the different kinds of music happening out there! Just like us, many others will be tuning-in to CBS for the 56th Grammy Awards on January 26th. In addition to the awards show this year, CBS will be presenting “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles,” celebrating the Fab Four’s debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 50 years ago in 1964. The Beatles themselves were awarded seven Grammy’s throughout their career, so it’s going to take several talented artists to honor the unforgettable group.

According to the Grammy’s official website, “scheduled to perform are four-time GRAMMY winner Annie Lennox and GRAMMY winner Dave Stewart reuniting as Eurythmics for one night only; 14-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys with nine-time GRAMMY winner John Legend; three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5; and seven-time GRAMMY winner John Mayer with four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban.”During the special these artists will be covering Beatles classics. In addition, original footage will be played from their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “various presenters will help highlight and contextualize the musical, cultural and historical impact of the group and this legendary performance.”

Producer Ken Ehrlich reports that “Don’t Let Me Down” will be performed by John Mayer and Keith Urban, and “Let It Be” will be a collaboration between Alicia Keys and John Legend. A dozen acts are reported to be performing.

This commemorative special will air on February 9th at 8pm on CBS, exactly 50 years after the original event. Be sure to tune-in!

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Physical Therapy/Injury Prevention Clinic for Musicians at NEC

Mon, 2013-12-09 13:42

This past Thursday, December 5th, NEC’s Student Activities Center hosted a physical therapy/injury prevention clinic. This clinic served to educate musicians on how to avoid playing with injuries in the first place, how to practice effectively and cautiously while injured, and how to help one’s self heal as quickly as possible after getting injured. At NEC, this clinic couldn’t be more helpful. It is common knowledge here at NEC that the pianists and string players spend hours and hours on end hidden away in a practice room perfecting their craft. For some people, this works just fine, but for others, sometimes their fingers, hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, etc. just can’t keep up with that intense of a practice session, but more often than not, the players keep on playing. This is a horrible habit considering these musicians have their careers resting on those hard working hands!

Of course, injuries can happen to any instrumentalist, and injury prevention can be just as effective for a trombonist as it is for a jazz bass player. I only use string players and pianists as my example because of how many cases of tendonitis, broken fingers, and stress fractures that my friends have experienced in this past semester alone! I, being a singer, don’t really have to deal with this much stress on my body when I’m practicing; the occasional crick in my neck, sure, shoulder tension, you bet, but that’s nothing that a little massaging and stretching can’t fix! I couldn’t even imagine how devastated I would be if I hurt one of my ribs, or a lung, or worse… if I got nodes!

Injury prevention is such an important topic for musicians and I am so glad that NEC is able to hold a clinic like this! Productive practicing is NOT just spending hours in a room playing the same phrase over and over. Productive practicing is being aware of your body while you’re playing; how does it feel? Does it hurt when you reach for that note? Do you feel confident of the music within your body?

Be engaged and aware fellow musicians! We need you to help keep our art alive!

Stay healthy my friends!
Lizzie Wendt
SCE Workstudy

Elizabeth Wendt
School of Continuing Education Office Assistant
Phone: (617) 585-1701

The ultimate remote? Control your classroom computer with your iPad!

Tue, 2013-12-03 10:28


Great blog!

Originally posted on iPad and Technology in Music Education:

 Actions for iPad is a remarkably simple way to control your classroom computer from your iPad. The best thing? You set it up the way that you need it to work. I wish tis was the way professional development worked at our school…. The english department gets the info they need while us music teachers get something meaningful and directly related to our classroom teaching! Wait, I get sidetracked…. sorry!

BONUS – AS OF TODAY THIS APP IS ONLY $0.99 – the Cyber Monday deal of the day! Get it now! Usual price is $3.99

The other Deal today is NoteShelf today is $4.99 (on sale from $8.99) I use this app every time we work on music theory in class. Best app I have found yet for using like a large notepad on the projected screen during rehearsals! There are all sorts of different “paper” you can write on built into this app – allowing me to have a blank background, lined, graph paper and of course for the music classroom there is staff paper! But again I get sidetracked…. back to Actions for iPad!

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