After online starts, some Ohio college students head back to campus - The Columbus Dispatch

Several weeks after the traditional start of fall semester, some area colleges are now welcoming students back to campus after delayed returns and phased move-ins.In the plaza outside Yochum Hall at Capital University, the frothing water fountains and students studying with open laptops at picnic tables make for a college campus that feels almost normal in this pandemic era."I'm just glad to finally move in, and finally meet my class," Hannah Riley said through a royal purple, Capital-branded mask this past week. The first-year student from Newark arrived on the Bexley campus earlier this month.Several weeks after the traditional start of fall semester, some area colleges are just now welcoming students back to campus after delayed returns and phased move-ins.After a spring and summer of online classes, Capital sophomore Alexa Shields was disappointed not to return to campus as scheduled in August."But I do think the time that we weren't here really gave (the un…




Posted: 26 Feb 2020 11:59 AM PST


Featuring the Music of Mozart, Strauss, Bizet, Copland, and Puccini

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON — The Graduate Vocal Arts Program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and The Orchestra Now (TŌN) present Rest in Pieces: In Memory of Opera, a devised opera celebrating the tribulations, glories, and loves of this tempestuous art form. Conceived and directed by Stephanie Blythe with John Jarboe, Rest in Pieces features the music of Mozart, Strauss, Bizet, Copland, and Puccini. The program, conducted by James Bagwell, will be performed by singers of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program and The Orchestra Now on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in the Fisher Center's Sosnoff Theater. Tickets start at $15 and can be ordered online at or by calling the box office at 845-758-7900. $5 student tickets are available to Bard undergraduate students through the Passloff Pass.

In Rest in Pieces, 14 beloved opera characters gather together at a funeral for a mutual friend, and find themselves forging a new, self-determined path that guides them to a realization of their dreams, relationships, and truths—all within the larger-than-life world of opera.

"What is wonderful about Rest in Pieces has been the process of creating this work as a group. Fourteen singers choosing five operas, choosing the music, then building scenes to tell a new, compelling story—all with the aim of creating performance and writing skill sets in an entirely new way. It is truly an extraordinary undertaking," said Blythe, Vocal Arts Program artistic director. "Audiences can expect to see and hear characters and music that they already know and love, but they will experience them set free in an entirely new, self-determined world."


A renowned opera singer and recitalist, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Wagner, and German lieder to contemporary and classic American songs. Blythe has performed on many of the world's great stages, such as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Paris National Opera, San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, and Seattle Opera. She was named Musical America's Vocalist of the Year in 2009, received an Opera News Award in 2007, and won the Richard Tucker Award in 1999.

John Jarboe is a director, performer, curator, and writer. He has created over 10 original cabaret-plays with his company The Bearded Ladies, producing original work for Opera Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. He was recently named associate conductor of The Orchestra Now (TŌN), and in 2009 was appointed principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. From 2009 to 2015, he served as music director of The Collegiate Chorale.

Bagwell prepared The Collegiate Chorale for concerts at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland; in 2012, the Chorale traveled to Israel and the Salzburg Festival for four programs with the Israel Philharmonic. Since 2003, he has been director of choruses for the Bard Music Festival, conducting and preparing choral works during the summer festival at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. H

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of vibrant young musicians from across the globe who are making orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from the world's leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of TŌN are enlightening curious minds by giving on-stage introductions and demonstrations, writing concert notes from the musicians' perspective, and having one-on-one discussions with patrons during intermissions.

The orchestra has performed with many distinguished guest conductors and soloists, including Neeme Järvi, Vadim Repin, Fabio Luisi, Peter Serkin, Gerard Schwarz, Tan Dun, Zuill Bailey, and JoAnn Falletta. In the 2019–20 season, conductors Leonard Slatkin and Hans Graf will also lead TŌN performances.

Spend Your Summer At Montclair State – News Center - Montclaire News

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 06:22 AM PST

February 26, 2020

University offers enriching pre-college, music, sports and academic programs for kids and teens

Posted in: Press Releases

high school students with professor using pipettes in chemistry lab

Featured Photo: Weston Science Scholars connects Montclair High School students with high-intensity science learning on the Montclair State University campus.

For Vincent Falcone, a high school senior from New York, a summer experience at Montclair State University translated into a deeper understanding of the Italian language and culture. It also helped shape his choice of where he would like to spend the next four years.

After attending the Summer Italian Intensive, the college-bound Falcone decided that Montclair State University is – in the language he will study – "il perfetto."

Pre-college experiences at Montclair State give students like Falcone a head start on what campus life will be like, plus college credits, wherever they ultimately decide to go. And from the lovers of Romantic languages, to future journalists, scientists, musicians and athletes, Montclair State offers plenty of options for kids and teens.

College students can also make the most of their summer by taking class. A robust Summer Sessions offers more than 900 online and hybrid undergraduate and graduate courses open to students who attend Montclair State or are home on break. The fully online or hybrid classes – which combine classes on campus and online coursework – help students focus on a single challenging course or graduate early – or on time.

A music camp at Stokes State Forest, literacy and STEM classes offered by Montclair State's teacher education programs, and Red Hawk sports camps for basketball, field hockey and soccer round out the offerings. A sampling:

students listen to speaker at HSCI meeting
High school students attend the Hispanic Student College Institute.

Hispanic Student College Institute

Nearly 200 Hispanic high school students attend the Hispanic Student College Institute, a three-day college prep program July 14-July 16. Montclair State is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a designation that indicates a commitment to ensuring that Hispanic students are prepared to succeed not only in college, but to "think big" about their futures.

Model United Nations Summer Academy

Open your mind to the world stage at the Model United Nations Summer Academy. A combined online and in-residence program, high school students improve their skills in writing, negotiating, public speaking and debating. At the same time, they learn about the world, its history, people and the way in which governments interact in real life. The program culminates with a trip to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Two sessions will be held: June 29-July 24 and July 13-August 7.

Summer Journalism Workshop

A Summer Journalism Workshop on June 21-June 25 will provide hands-on training in news reporting and exposure to technology, cameras and other storytelling tools. Students actively participate in broadcasting, digital media, and multi-platform journalism at Montclair State's state-of-the art School of Communications and Media. They will also tour a major news studio in New York and experience campus life.

Summer Italian Intensive

Gain an immersive experience in Italian language and culture at the Summer Italian Intensive. The three-week program runs July 6-July 23 and includes a residential option. Participants earn three college credits.

Thematic themes, including immigration and Italian identity; Made in Italy (food and fashion) and sustainability introduce students to the profoundly Italian fabric of the New York metropolitan area.

Weston Science Scholars

The Montclair High School students selected as Weston Science Scholars attend a high-intensity interactive science course. The students all excel in science, mathematics or other related fields, and learn science by "doing" science.

saxophonist on dock over lake

Sounds of Summer

Montclair State's John J. Cali School of Music presents the Stokes Forest Music Camp for young musicians ages 10-17. Students attend as day campers or stay overnight in the Stokes State Forest in Sussex County. With a focus on instrumental, vocal, keyboard or composition, students participate both as solo performers and in ensembles. The camp runs July 12-July 25.

Early College Program

Rising high school juniors and seniors can enroll in Montclair State courses and earn transferable college credit. The Early College Program is open to students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Choose from a range of 100- and 200-level classes, including Psychology, Biology and Music, taught by University professors both on campus and online.

Red Hawk Advantage

Incoming Montclair State students can get a jump on their freshman year by taking part in Red Hawk Advantage, a six-week summer program that gives freshmen an opportunity to earn college credits and experience campus life.

A 40 percent discount per credit compared to the fall tuition rate makes Red Hawk Advantage an especially attractive program.

Students have the option to live on campus. They earn up to seven General Education credits by taking College Writing, Fundamentals of Speech and New Student Seminar. In addition, a tutor from the University's Academic Success Center works with students both in and out of the classroom. The program runs June 29-August 6.

Summer Literacy and STEM

The Summer Literacy Program provides students in grades 1-12 with the extra help they need to enhance their skills in reading and language arts. The program is staffed by classroom teachers and reading specialists who are in the final stages of completing their master's degrees and/or State of New Jersey reading certification.

The epiSTEMic Program for Teaching and Learning engages children in grades K-8 with hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects and activities designed by Montclair State graduate students. The camp strives to provide an environment for teachers to develop their STEM practices in the classroom.

Both programs run in weekly sessions July 8-July 29.

For a complete listing of things to see and do on campus, visit the Montclair State Community Calendar.

Compiled by Marilyn Joyce Lehren.

6 places to take free and affordable classes online, on everything from programming to photography - Business Insider

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 08:04 AM PST



  • Learning new skills online is often far more convenient and inexpensive than in-person enrollment.
  • Online learners tend to appreciate controlling the pace, paying a lower fee, and in some cases, having access to the course materials for life.
  • Below are six of the best and most popular options for online learning, including Udemy, Coursera, and MasterClass.

There's a reason people are turning to online learning en masse. Students can learn on their own schedule, save money on commuting, boarding, and a host of other expenses, and can often download course lectures for convenient offline reading. Plus, some options let you have access to classes forever once you've paid for them. Some are free, and some sites let you take as many courses as you want for a small payment. You can pick up professional certifications online, skills that help you get hired in a quickly changing market, and even masters degrees.

Whether to advance your career or to pick up new hobbies that help you enjoy everyday life, online courses are one of the best perks of the 21st century, and one way the internet is democratizing information – even in the form of free Ivy League courses. All you need is internet access.

Below, find six of the most popular online learning communities:



Browse Udemy classes here >>

Udemy has probably the largest selection of online courses, with over 100,000 video courses and new additions published every month. With sale prices as low as $10.99 per course, it's often one of the most affordable options as well. Currently, there are over 30 million students using the service, and courses available in over 50 languages.

Topics range from business to IT & software to music and more.

How to get started: Sign up with an email address to browse courses.

Popular classes to consider:


Coursera Facebook

Browse Coursera classes here >>

Coursera has thousands of classes taught by top instructors from some of the world's best universities and educational institutions, including Stanford, Penn, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Columbia, and Yale. You can even earn degrees and certifications through the site.

Topics range from data science to personal development to linguistics to social sciences and more.

Each course is like an interactive textbook with pre-recorded videos, quizzes, and projects. You can connect with thousands of other students to debate ideas, discuss course material, or get help in mastering the concepts. You can earn certificates for your work, and share your achievements with friends, colleagues, and employers.

How to get started: Sign up with an email address. On average, individual courses range from $29-$99 each though there are free courses you can audit.

Popular classes to consider:



Browse skillshare classes here >>

Skillshare has over 25,000 classes taught by creators, entrepreneurs, and professionals from around the world. For instance, I enrolled in a class run by one of my favorite authors.

Course topics span categories: design, illustration, business, technology, photo and film, entrepreneurship, and writing.

Each class has short lessons and a hands-on project for you to work on, which can be shared in class for feedback and collaboration from the community. Skillshare will also recommend classes and "lists" – essentially a curated curriculum for a topic like graphic design or branding – based on your interests.

How to get started: Get a free account with just an email address. You'll have access to free classes on web and mobile. For full access to all classes and offline viewing, you'll need a premium membership. A premium Skillshare membership is $15 billed monthly, or $99 up front for the year ($8.25 per month). Enroll in one or multiple classes with no extra charge.

Popular classes to consider:



Browse CreativeLive classes here >>

What CreativeLive is: CreativeLive is a learning platform designed specifically for creators, with more than 1,500 classes taught by more than 650 industry-leading experts. Each class falls under one of five categories: photo and video, art and design, music and audio, craft and maker, or money and life. Ultimately, the classes are centered around making creativity a habit, be it for personal or professional use.

How to get started: Sign up with an email address. Classes are as low as $20, and you can buy and own them forever – just in case you one day need a refresher.

Popular classes to consider:


EdX Facebook

Browse edX classes here >>

EdX is similar to Coursera in that it hosts classes from some of the world's leading universities, nonprofits, and institutions. EdX was founded by Harvard University and MIT, and it's currently the only leading MOOC provider that is both non-profit and open source.

EdX has over 100 institutional partners, including Berkeley, MIT, and Harvard, and offers courses in everything from the arts to architecture, economics, law, and more. You can also enroll in MicroMasters, Masters programs, and get professional certificates.

How to get started: Sign up with an email address. Except for professional education courses, edX is free to enroll and audit. If you want a verified certificate, there is a fee ($50 – $300 typically).

Popular classes to consider:



Browse MasterClass classes here >>

What MasterClass is: MasterClass offers online classes created for students of any skill level, taught by world-renowned instructors in each field, like Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, and Serena Williams, among others.

Masterclass has over 75 classes with 20 10-minute lessons per class on average. Each class was created by the instructor and typically includes pre-recorded video content, a PDF of a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities. Periodically, MasterClass may have opportunities for students to submit work to instructors for feedback.

How to get started: Find a class or classes you'd like to take. Students who purchase classes individually ($90 each) will have unlimited access to every lesson in their chosen course. Students with an All-Access Pass ($180 per year or $15 per month) can enroll in any MasterClass. They can access course lessons for as long as their subscription is active.

Popular classes to consider:

The Best College Music Programs for Metal - MetalSucks

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 07:56 PM PST

Metal has been treated as the musical outcast of society for as long as it's existed. But despite mainstream judgment that's often cast it as the unwanted outsider, interest in metal has grown tremendously since Black Sabbath pioneered the genre over fifty years ago. Artists that were once considered dark, strange or taboo have pushed the boundaries of what music can be to an entirely new level. Anyone who loves metal will tell you all about the rich artistry, creativity and immersive culture that's spread across the entire world.

Metal has slowly been inching its way into widespread acceptance in the music world in recent years. Because of this, students today can do more than just blast death metal in their dorm room; you can pursue music education and study your favorite genre in academia throughout the world. Some colleges nowadays offer programs that explore metal as a course, while others even allow students to major in the cultural phenomenon that's given us moshing, headbanging, throwing the horns and, more recently, hoisting up invisible oranges.

So, if you're up to more than just crushing through your writing assignments whilst cranking metal in the background, you can take the leap towards studying metal as part of your college education by picking a college from this list and enrolling. And if you ever get stuck with your coursework and need some help, this source has excellent essays for sale for college students. They've been a life-saving choice for me back when I couldn't tear myself away from my music studies to finish up my other coursework in time.

Now, without further ado, here are the institutions that include metal in their curricula.

1.  New College Nottingham, England

Compared to other colleges that include heavy metal in their curricula or in a subject or two, this school took the idea one step further and created a Heavy Metal Music Performance degree. If you choose to study there, you can enroll in a program that studies everything about the genre we love; its history, its censorship throughout the years, its genealogy, and critical discussions surrounding the best musicians in the genre. The program even explores the relationships bewteen metal and philosophy and metal and religion.

Photo credit: Antoine Julien via Unsplash

Musicians will also revel in the chance to study the art of metal composition, and those with more of a business mind can learn about the industry side of things. The creator of the course, Liam Maloy, has boasted that metal has finally gotten its place in music education, but laments the fact that it continues to lack academic credibility when compared to other genres. This program is a concrete step towards changing that.

If you choose this program, you should be prepared to join songwriting classes and perform on stage at the forefront of metal education. The course is not a simple one if you want to finish with high grades: once you complete the two-year program, you can earn a full degree at the Nottingham Trent University, the institution that accredited this program. At the end of your studies, you'll have to write a thesis that demonstrate your progress. If you're struggling with the writing or research part of college, don't panic: here's an excellent source of effective and timely thesis help for all students, including those who study music.

2.  University of California, Los Angeles

The renowned public research university in Los Angeles currently offers over 125 different majors to its students. The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music was founded back in 2007, supported by the Herb Alpert Foundation, and right now comprised of musicology, ethnomusicology and music departments. In January of 2016 the school became the only accredited education program for music in the University of California System.

The department teaches classes in several music genres including jazz, techno, and heavy metal. At UCLA you won't obtain a degree in heavy metal, but you will have the chance to obtain a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD in music education in ethnomusicology, music history, the music industry, music science or music technology.

UCLA is one of the most popular universities in the United States, so getting the chance to study there is a high accomplishment on its own. The programs are complex and demand a lot of work, so you might want to check out this service to buy an excellent essay if you ever need some professional assistance to get you through the day.

3.  Miami University

Did you know that first-year students at the Miami University who study music can enroll in seminars on subjects like 'Technology and the History of Heavy Metal Music'? This class explores heavy metal's evolution throughout the years, and even though it doesn't provide you with a degree in metal, per se, it'll teaches you about metal's influence on society, politics, and philosophy.

Photo credit: Element5 Digital via Unsplash

4.  McGill University

The collaboration between the Blue Oyster Cult and the Dean of the Schulich School of Music at McGill has yielded quite a unique opportunity. You can take part in a graduate seminar course in music theory that mixes heavy metal education and Bruckner.

The bottom line

Metal's longevity and the breaking down of taboos has made the genre one of the most prominent and, finally, respected, in modern music, but it's still rarely studied in academic institutions. Thankfully, some institutions, like the ones above, have finally wised up and now offer a proper metal education to those who crave it.

Author's Bio

Ray Campbell is a professor of music education. His most recent publications explore the topic of heavy metal and its influence. Ray shares his research data and thoughts on the music industry in various blogs and articles online.


Popular posts from this blog

Talk of the Towns: Feb. 6, 2020 - The Recorder

Baker Technical Institute launches Certified Medical Assistant program - Blue Mountain Eagle

Two "Bright Outlook Occupations" Training Programs | Seekonk, MA Patch -