Welcome to the new Mayday Group website!

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Thanks to all who worked on the new Mayday Group website. It looks great! Now, I can resume writing about rural music education: I was watching a Henry Giroux video recently where he spoke with Bill Moyers (http://billmoyers.com/segment/henry-giroux-on-zombie-politics/) about his new book,  Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism. There is much that I agree […]

Creating a Music School Network: A Finnish Perspective

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Introduction: Music education all over the country The purpose of this essay is to shed light on how the music school network was created in Finland. Besides compulsory music education, Finland has established a network of publicly supported music schools offering voluntary music education for children and adolescents all around the country. (For more information […]

ADHD correlated with addictive Internet usage and spam behavior?

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OK, so here we have a peek into the minds of individuals who have the time to find new blogs and spam all over the site. Could Internet Addiction be Genetic on Philly.com It’s not surprising. Is there a correlation between ADHD and digital addiction? Well, both are genetic, so it’s likely merely a matter […]

From SoundEdit 16 on the desktop to Four Track on an iPhone in 17 years

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This is something we should all be following for many reasons. For one, site order there will be an effect on the kind of research we’ll be able to do in school based situations using PDAs. http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/09/01/apple-targets-the-samsung-galaxy-s-iii-and-galaxy-note/ Considering that only 15 years ago we were still recording music into desktop computers– and some of us […]

Digital media (music) and the creative economy

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Closely related to the themes introduced in Thessaloniki at the ISME MayDay Symposium, on Music Education and The Creative Economy, I invite you to read this Canadian authored report. Note that music is discussed in two distinct sections, recording and performance, as well as in interdisciplinary contexts, which is significant on a number of levels. Of […]

YouTube is now the music listening medium for teens

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This is a phenomenon that Danny Bakan and I revealed in our 2011 publication with the UNESCO E-Observatory Journal http://9to5mac.com/2012/08/14/teens-flock-to-youtube-for-music-consumption-over-itunes-and-other-mediums/ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444042704577587570410556212.html#articleTabs%3Dvideo I’ve been using YouTube to teach guitar, medicine and to learn some guitar licks and tunes, for over two years. Also, some of the best music videos of great performances are archived on YouTube. […]

Community Music in the UK: Historical Perspectives

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The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it (Marx, 1978). Community arts is, if nothing else, about change, and about using the Arts to achieve change (Webster, 1997). Community artists are distinguishable not by the techniques they use … but by their attitude towards the place […]

Rural Community

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One of the greatest advantages/positives/joys about teaching in small rural communities is the sense of community. Of course, one could argue that community can be found anywhere, not just in rural places. And, that is true. However . . . if we follow one of the founders of sociology, Ferdinand Tönnies’ definition of community, rural places […]