Why Music: Redefining The ‘m’ In Stem

Music Box Theatre to Screen MACBETH Starring Kenneth Branagh, 10/26

This morning, my dear friend and specialist in music pedagogy, Jennifer Snow, demonstrated to me how the pedagogical structure for both math and music are nearly the same. In addition to math, musical studies can improve performance in other areas of STEM [1]. When we expand to the exploratory areas of science, the process for creating music and conducting a scientific experiment can be also be paralleled. These insights highlight music as an ideal tool and methodology for not only emotionally engaging students in the Core subjects of STEM-based systems, but also for teaching them, and for preparing young minds with the capacity to comprehend more complex ideas as they progress. I think all sides can agree that we want our schools to produce the best scientists, innovative technologists, creative business leaders and more conscious citizens of the future. If we start from an acceptance of STEM, redefine the argument, and then let that argument be made by the trusted experts in math and science, instead of those of us in ‘the choir’, we can help everyone to embrace music as a key component of early education. For the vision to be realized, however, we must first recognize that there can be no “M” in STEM without Music. For more on Music and Education by Frank Fitzpatrick and WHY Music, click here . For more by Frank Fitzpatrick, click here . References [1] Cardillo, Joseph, Don DuRousseau and Galina Mindlin. Your Playlist Can Change Your Life: 10 Proven Ways You Favorite Music Can Revolutionize Your Health, Memory, Organization, Alertness and More. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2012.

Pending Legislation Could Cripple Consumer Music Choices

While some will still buy CDs that house the latest tunes and games, devices and services such as Apple Apple s iTunes, iPod, iPhone and the iPad, Spotify, Pandora Media Pandora Media as well as streaming services from Netflix Netflix and others has had the same impact on music that Amazon.com Amazon.com , Kobo and others have had on book publishing. There have been changes in business models that been beneficial to those companies mentioned above that either saw the future and embraced it. There have also been companies that have struggled along the way. Some companies, like The New York Times, are trying to find their way while others like Newsweek have been forced to embrace an all digital model. Beneath the distributors of content Apple, Spotify, Pandora, newspaper and magazine publishers and so on the ripple effect is also being felt on content creators musicians, authors and the like. While authors are seeing their articles and books downloaded, musicians have seen the playing field shift from consumers having to buy entire albums regardless of the format to individual tracks. No loner does the the music industry book the bulk of its revenue on a per album basis, but rather on digital singles. Despite that economic shift, airplay on broadcast is still the number one determinate of whether a song is a hit or a bust. For generations, music played on broadcast radio was viewed as promotional material for the artists. While companies in other industries pay to get their material on the air through ad sales, musicians and their record labels get their promotions for free. Even today, 240 million Americans still listen to broadcast radio, even as competition for listeners becomes stiffer thanks to MP3 players like iPods and cell phones, satellite and Internet radio. Even as Internet radio grows in popularity and I expect it will given the install base of Apples new iRadio, the costs make profitability difficult to achieve because the government royalty board at the Library of Congress determined that Internet radio stations like Pandora pay six times the royalty rate of other mediums.

Tickets to National Theatre Live events are $15 in advance at the Music Box Theatre box office and online at http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/nt-live-2013 ; $18 at the door. In the major new production of Othello directed by Nicholas Hytner (Timon of Athens, One Man, Two Guvnors), the destructive power of jealousy is revealed. This classic story, which takes on more modern imagery, stars Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (Henry V at The National Theatre , BBC’s Hustle) as Othello. Performing the role of the two-faced Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (The Last of the Haussmans, James Bond :Skyfall). In an act of jealousy and deceit, Iago persuades Othello that his new wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with the young man Cassio. The electrifying production of Macbeth, broadcast from the Manchester International Festival, stars one of the great Shakespearean interpreters and BAFTA Award-winner Kenneth Branagh . Branagh last performed Shakespeare in 2002 when he played Richard III at the Sheffield Crucible. Playing opposite as Lady Macbeth is Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER). Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse , Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway) is a unique production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery. In celebration of National Theatre Live’s 50th anniversary, the 2010 broadcast of Hamlet returns to cinemas starring Kinnear as Hamlet and directed by Hytner. A story of revenge and intrigue set in the country of Denmark, Hamlet plots the death of this loathed uncle. One of Shakespeare’s most influential plays also stars Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King), and Ruth Negga (Ophelia). Music Box Theatre has been the premier venue in Chicago for independent and foreign films, festivals and some of the greatest cinematic events in Chicago. It currently has the largest cinema space operated full time in the city. The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation.