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Beaver Valley Choral Society awards music scholarship - The Times

Beaver Valley Choral Society awards music scholarship - The Times

Beaver Valley Choral Society awards music scholarship - The Times

Posted: 21 Dec 2020 01:00 PM PST

Scott Tady   | Beaver County Times

Beaver Valley Choral Society awarded its 2020 Philip H. Inman Excellence in Choral Conducting Arts Scholarship to Duquesne University senior Lindsey Mesina, of Jefferson Hills, Allegheny County. The scholarship is for $500.

Mesina, is a music education major with an emphasis in applied voice at the university's Mary Pappert School of Music. She has maintained straight A's with a GPA of 3.97 and is on track to graduate in May 2021 with a bachelor of science degree in music education.

Her ambition is to teach elementary general music and choir.

The Inman Scholarship was established in 2001, in recognition of the late Philip H. Inman, artistic director emeritus of the Beaver Valley Choral Society. He also worked as a music educator at Rochester Area High School and music professor at Geneva College.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a music student who is focusing on the choral arts. Colleges participating in the scholarship program are Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities and Geneva, Grove City and Westminster colleges.

Mesina sang soprano in the Voices of Spirit choir at Duquesne for the past three years and was soprano section leader during her junior year. During her sophomore year, she interned with the Pittsburgh Youth Choir, where she helped lead warmups and sectionals during rehearsals. She also taught music classes at the Child Development Center on campus weekly during her junior year, where she worked with infants through 4-year-olds. Lindsey is a 2017 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School.

2020's most popular e-learning courses on Coursera - Study International News

Posted: 21 Dec 2020 08:00 PM PST

E-learning courses have become popular across the globe, even more so now during a pandemic. The closure of most businesses and educational institutions has fast-tracked its steady pace of growth to become explosive, with more and more organisations utilising e-learning courses to upskill and reskill their employees. 

According to a new study by Global Market Insights, the market of e-learning courses is set to reach US$375 billion by 2026. This is due to the fact that it's not just businesses that reap the benefits of accessible knowledge. Millions of students are studying remotely and a large number of individuals are confined to their homes with ample time to kill. If you're someone who craves to acquire new knowledge, or strives to understand certain subjects a little better, or if you are simply looking to prepare for a career change, online learning platforms are at your service. 

Coursera's list of the most popular e-learning courses of 2020 proves this. This year, millions of online learners were trying to understand and better their mental health, gain knowledge on the COVID-19 pandemic, develop new job-relevant skills, and pursue their personal passions. According to the globally popular e-learning platform, these free e-learning courses caught the most eyes in the US this year: 

"The Science of Well-Being" by Yale University 

In this course, learners engage in a series of challenges designed to increase their own happiness and build more productive habits. To prepare for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness and annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do. She then sheds light on the research that can help us change. Participants will be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into their lives upon completion. 

"COVID-19 Contact Tracing" by Johns Hopkins University 

In this introductory course, participants will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2. Topics include: the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention.

Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities. It will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, and identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts — along with strategies to overcome them.

"Technical Support Fundamentals" by Google

This course is the first of a series, designed to prepare learners for roles as entry-level IT support specialists. It introduces the world of IT, sharing different facets such as computer hardware, the internet, computer software, troubleshooting and customer service. Upon completion, participants will be able to understand how the binary system works, assemble a computer from scratch, choose and install an operating system on a computer, understand what the internet is and how it works, learn how apps are created and more. 

"Machine Learning" by Stanford University 

This course provides a broad introduction to machine learning, data mining and statistical pattern recognition. In this class, participants will learn about the most effective machine learning techniques and gain practice implementing and getting them to work. The programme also draws from numerous case studies and applications, ensuring learners will be able to apply learning algorithms to building smart robots (perception, control), text understanding (web search, anti-spam), computer vision, medical informatics, audio, database mining, and other areas.

"Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects" by McMaster University UC San Diego 

Experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines have harnessed invaluable learning techniques — this course explores them and how we can use our brains for two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates ("chunks") information.  The course also covers illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping individuals master tough subjects.

"Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)" by University of Michigan

This course covers Python 3 and aims to teach everyone the basics of programming computers using Python. Offered for free, it covers the basics of how one constructs a programme from a series of simple instructions in Python. Upon completion, participants will be ready to take more advanced programming courses. 

"Financial Markets" by Yale University 

This course serves as an overview of ideas, methods and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise. It includes emphasis on financially-savvy leadership skills, description of practices today and analysis of prospects for the future. Learners will also be introduced to risk management and behavioural finance principles to understand the real-world functioning of securities, insurance and banking industries. 

"Measuring and Maximising Impact of COVID-19 Contact Tracing" by Johns Hopkins University 

This course aims to provide managers and developers of contact tracing programmes guidance on the most important indicators of performance of a contact tracing programme. It provides a tool that can be used to project the likely impact of improvements in specific indicators. Finishers will be proficient in using the Contact Tracing Evaluation and Strategic Support Application (ConTESSA) to estimate the impact of their contact tracing programme on transmission and strategising how to increase their programme's impact. 

"Introduction to Psychology" by Yale University 

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behaviour. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, persuasion, emotions, and social behaviour. Participants will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain and how they break down due to illness and injury.

"Fighting COVID-19 with Epidemiology: A Johns Hopkins Teach-Out" by John Hopkins University 

This Teach-Out is for those who have been curious about how outbreaks such as the COVID-19 epidemic are identified and measured. It is also an ideal choice for those looking to understand of the epidemiology of these infections.

Gift from Tech grad puts 100 years of music history into students' hands - News at Louisiana Tech

Posted: 18 Dec 2020 07:47 AM PST

​M.E. (Davis Smart) Miller (English Education, '70; English, '73) recently donated a treasure trove of vintage popular and classical sheet music, books, and trade magazines dating back as far as the 1860s and up through the mid-1970s to the Louisiana Tech University School of Music.

This donation of over 1,300 items is now housed in the department of University Archives and Special Collections in Prescott Memorial Library. The collection features a wide range of music genres, including ragtime, vaudeville tunes, country and western, film music, jazz and the blues, patriotic music and war songs, Broadway classics (with a particularly large collection of works by Irving Berlin), and novelty tunes, such as "Oh! I Love No One But'er My Oleomargarine" (Gaskill and Leslie, 1926). Included among the donated items are very early editions of popular tunes appropriate for this time of year, such as "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin, 1942) and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (Gillespie and Coots, 1934).

"The importance and value of having a collection like this on our own campus can't be overstated," said Dr. Michael Austin, Founding Director of the School of Music. "Music publishing is an important part of the music industry that often gets overlooked, and this collection represents a time in history when sheet music was the music industry. If you're going to be a future leader in this business and help to determine where the music industry is going, you really need to understand where it's been and what baggage it's bringing with it."

With plans to digitize aspects of this collection, it also promises to become a valuable resource for music scholars, historians, and popular culture specialists around the world.

While most people think of modern record labels and music videos when they think of the popular music industry, its history stretches all the way back to London in the mid-1700s. In the late 19th and early 20th century, popular songs were published in New York City in a part of Midtown Manhattan called "Tin Pan Alley," so named due to the noise produced by piano players stationed outside of each publishing house simultaneously playing the latest hit tunes on old upright pianos in hopes of selling copies to passersby. Until the invention of radio, phonographs, and other music playback technology became commonplace in American homes, playing this sheet music at home was really the only way to hear music on-demand. Although there was a steep decline in sheet music publishing after World War II when Tin Pan Alley music was replaced by rock and roll, the sheet music publishing industry still sees nearly $247 million in annual global revenue.

Much of the music in the collection has important historical and social significance. Some of the songs' topics and titles reflect important issues from various points in American history; for example, the ideals of the Temperance Movement are clearly reflected in Jean le Croix's "Father Drinks No More" (1874). Other pieces in the collection feature songs from Blackface Minstrelsy and works that highlight sexist, racist, and xenophobic attitudes that were prevalent at the time they were published.

"All of this music  – the good, the bad, and the ugly – is an important part of the history of the music industry and of this country," Austin said. "There's undeniable value in presenting our students with the opportunity to see first-hand the long history of troublesome depictions in the illustrated cover of a music score or in the lyrics of a popular show tune. And being able to have our students physically hold pieces like these in their own hands has the potential to make a much greater impact than simply seeing a picture of it online or in a PowerPoint presentation. Plus, music has always reflected culture rather clearly, and learning how to recognize and contextualize harmful representations of 'others' is one of the first steps in preventing that kind of harm in the future."

Founded in 2019, the School of Music continues to build on the legacy and tradition of over 125 years of excellence in music education at Louisiana Tech University with ambitious degree programs and cutting-edge learning opportunities that prepare aspiring professional musicians, music teachers, music scholars, and music industry professionals for traditional and emerging careers in a rapidly changing world. For additional information about the School of Music, visit music.latech.edu.

First established in 1945, the department of University Archives and Special Collections located in the Prescott Memorial Library contains over 700 archival, manuscript, and special collections that demonstrate the history of Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Lincoln Parish, and North Central Louisiana.  Materials found in our collections are free and open to the general public. For more information about the University Archives and Special Collections, visit latech.edu/library/special-collections.


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