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Spalding University stands out in Louisville by offering on-campus and online bachelor's in financial planning, master's in business communication - GlobeNewswire

Spalding University stands out in Louisville by offering on-campus and online bachelor's in financial planning, master's in business communication - GlobeNewswire Spalding University stands out in Louisville by offering on-campus and online bachelor's in financial planning, master's in business communication - GlobeNewswire Northwood University unveils new graduate certificate program - Midland Daily News Mesa Community College veterinary technology students training in CPR - Your Valley University of Tennessee: All you need to know about Engineering Management - Study International News Spalding University stands out in Louisville by offering on-campus and online bachelor's in financial planning, master's in business communication - GlobeNewswire Posted: 21 Jan 2021 11:38 AM PST LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Jan. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- During a time of uncertainty

Baptist College of Florida registering students for spring - Dothan Eagle

Baptist College of Florida registering students for spring - Dothan Eagle

Baptist College of Florida registering students for spring - Dothan Eagle

Posted: 12 Jan 2021 05:00 AM PST

BCF registering students for spring

BCF continues registration for the spring semester. 

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville is currently registering students for the spring semester which begins on Jan. 25, 2021.

New student orientation will be held Jan. 21-22, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Deese Center. Even though registration continues through the official drop/add deadline in January, registering early helps ensure a seat in the preferred classes.

BCF offers programs and degrees online and on campus that prepare men and women for areas of Christian service, leadership, ministry, and education.

Currently, BCF has three masters degrees (Master of Arts in Christian Studies, Master of Arts in Counseling, and Master of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership), 16 bachelor degrees (Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Business Leadership, Christian Studies, Education Studies, Elementary Education, History & Social Studies, History & Social Studies Secondary Education, Leadership & Christian Education, Ministry, Ministry Studies, Missions, Missions with a Concentration in Aviation, Music, Psychology, Bachelor of Music in Worship Leadership, Bachelor of Music Education (Choral or Instrumental), and three associate degrees (Associate in of Arts in General Studies, Music, and Associate of Divinity).

In addition to the courses offered on the Graceville campus and online, BCF classes are available through connect classes in Central Florida.

To see the complete list of classes for the spring semester or for more information about BCF in general, call 800-328-2660, ext. 460, or visit

New Jersey arts and entertainment news, features, and event previews. - New Jersey Stage

Posted: 11 Jan 2021 03:46 PM PST

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Presents Online Master Class with Grammy-winning Guitarist Sharon Isbin On Feb 1

(BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ) -- The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) Performing Arts School presents a free guitar master class on Monday, February 1 at 7:00pm EST. GRAMMY Award Winner and 2020 Musical America Worldwide Instrumentalist of the Year Sharon Isbin will share her talents with Performing Arts School students online. Audience members are invited to listen and learn from the acclaimed guitarist. Click here to register for the the master class which will take place via Zoom.  

Said Artistic Director Helen H. Cha-Pyo, "Our students at Wharton Arts are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to learn from Sharon Isbin. She is truly a trailblazer in the world of guitar and an inspirational role model for musicians everywhere."

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin was named the 2020 Musical America Worldwide Instrumentalist of the Year, the first guitarist ever to receive the coveted honor in its 59 year award history. Hailed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time," she is the winner of Guitar Player magazine's Best Classical Guitarist award, Germany's Echo Klassik, Concert Artists Guild's Virtuoso Award, and the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich ARD Competition.

Isbin has appeared as soloist with over 200 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in many of the world's finest halls, including New York's Carnegie and Geffen Halls, Boston's Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, London's Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Paris' Châtelet, Vienna's Musikverein, Munich's Herkulessaal, and Madrid's Teatro Real. She has served as Artistic Director and soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and the Ordway Music Theatre (St. Paul), New York's 92Y, and the national radio series Guitarjam

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts' mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey's largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,200 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. Beginning with Out of the Box Music and Pathways classes for young children, Wharton offers private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for all ages and all abilities at the Performing Arts School. With the belief in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay, Wharton teaches all instruments and voice and has a robust musical theater program. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing.


Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 counties. All of Wharton's extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.

originally published: 01/11/2021

Applications still being accepted for fall semester - 2021 - Undergraduate Admissions - News - OU Magazine - News at OU

Posted: 12 Jan 2021 01:11 PM PST

If you've been thinking about applying to Oakland University this year, Undergraduate Admissions Director Shane Lewis wants you to know that there's still time to submit your application for the fall semester.

"We encourage any student who is considering OU to apply for free online today," Lewis said. "At Oakland University, we are here for you every step of the way. And, given the current pandemic and social distancing guidelines, we have made it a priority that we are available virtually, as well."

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, OU has temporarily shifted to test-optional admission, which means that SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission consideration for the fall of 2021. Students are still encouraged to send test scores, if and when they have them, for course placement or additional scholarship consideration.

"We are also going to be extremely flexible regarding our March 1 priority scholarship deadline," Lewis said. "We will be considering both updated test scores and updated grades, well beyond March 1. Students may continue to send updates as they have them, for additional scholarship consideration, up until the start of fall classes."

Oakland University is a doctoral, Carnegie Classification R2 "High Research Activity" university located in Oakland and Macomb counties. The main campus is located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the Southeast Michigan cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills. The university also maintains program space at the University Center in Clinton Township and at the Anton/Frankel Center in Mount Clemens.

OU offers bachelor's degrees, graduate degrees and certificate programs, and is dedicated to delivering a distinctive college experience. The university is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences (which includes a School of Music, Theatre and Dance), the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing, and The Honors College.

"Investing in an OU education is the very best decision students can make, especially when the demands of the marketplace make having a college degree more important than ever," Lewis said. "At Oakland University, we have made it a top priority to help students earn their degrees by offering an affordable, highly sought-after education in Southeastern Michigan, and I sure hope students consider joining the Golden Grizzly family."

For more information or to apply to OU, visit

Insomniac Studios nurtures a music-business community on the far south side - Chicago Reader

Posted: 12 Jan 2021 09:39 AM PST

Marlon "Solitaire" King, co-owner and lead engineer of Insomniac Studios - MATTHEW GILSON FOR CHICAGO READER
  • Marlon "Solitaire" King, co-owner and lead engineer of Insomniac Studios
  • Matthew Gilson for Chicago Reader

Just beyond the edge of the south side, the city of Blue Island borders Chicago neighborhoods such as Morgan Park and West Pullman. "The Wild Hundreds," as part of the area has been nicknamed, encompasses the communities of Pullman and Roseland, and nearby staples include the Kroc Center—which calls itself Chicago's largest community center—and reliably yummy sandwich shop Home of the Hoagy. Insomniac Studios sits at 127th and Western in Blue Island, across the street from an outpost of a favorite midwestern chain, Beggars Pizza.

Founded in 2010 by Marlon "Solitaire" King and Martin "Shadow" Johnson, Insomniac is a Black-owned studio on the top floor of a two-flat apartment building. King, 46, and Johnson, 49, got acquainted in the 90s, when they were employed together at Ford Motor Company in Chicago Heights. Johnson still works at Ford, so he's not at the studio full-time, but they both pitch in as producers and engineers.

King and Johnson bonded over their similar taste in music, and their enduring friendship led to the business partnership that forged Insomniac Studios. The dynamic of that friendship is apparent as they talk about growing up in the golden age of hip-hop: they both wrote rhymes at work, while King fell in love with the art of production. They reminisce about being teenagers and pooling money with friends to book time at professional studios that charged $125 per hour. "Everybody knew their lines and their songs before we got to the studio," King says, "because nobody wants to be the guy that gets to the studio and wastes everybody's money."

King and Johnson say they had to travel far north from their homes in Roseland and south suburban Harvey to record at professional studios, and their experiences on those visits often left a bad taste. "We saw how we got treated when we were in certain studios, and nobody looked like us on the boards," King says. "And it always seemed like they were trying to hurry up and get us out. So we say we're going to do a studio—we're going to do it our way, to make people feel at home."

  • D. Lylez, a contestant on The Voice last year, recorded this song at Insomniac in 2017.

Through a program offered at Ford, King was able to earn a master's certification in music production from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2008. He attended Berklee online for four years and also took music-business courses. From 2007 to 2010, he worked as an apprentice at 35th Street Studios in McKinley Park, where he learned to run sessions and sharpened his skills as a producer and engineer. When that apprenticeship came to an end, he had the perfect opportunity to act on his dream of opening his studio.

King and Johnson were able to lease the Insomniac Studios space because of a relationship they had with the owner. "This was a studio before we took it over, and the previous guy running it didn't get along with the landlord," King says. "It was just a perfect-timing type of thing, where he left and a friend of mine offered it to me. We came up here and we said let's try it out." Ten years later, the studio remains in the same location, with creatives from all over Chicagoland coming to record and hone their craft.

Martin "Shadow" Johnson, co-owner of Insomniac Studios - MATTHEW GILSON FOR CHICAGO READER
  • Martin "Shadow" Johnson, co-owner of Insomniac Studios
  • Matthew Gilson for Chicago Reader

Insomniac Studios doesn't just stand out because it's located in an area with very few recording facilities. It's also set apart by the extent to which it focuses on building the next generation of creatives and teaching those who want to learn. As soon as the studio was well established, King and Johnson started an internship program—they wanted to share information, not hoard it. Both of them have encountered people in these spaces who don't want to share, whether out of insecurity or territorialism. "Even if we go to an apprenticeship program, certain gentlemen just didn't want to show you anything, whether it was white power, being a little bit racist, or them just not wanting anybody to take that spot," Johnson says.

"When people have a goal or they have an agenda musically or professionally, they will step on and look over people," King adds. "That made us definitely want to deal with people on a personal level and create an atmosphere where you felt at home, where it wasn't a trip. We're just here to have fun, relax, enjoy yourself, and work on your craft."

  • Another Insomniac production: "It's being played on radio right now!" says King.

The story of how Insomniac project manager Brian Sykes came aboard is an example of the warm and inviting environment at the studio. It started in 2015, when he'd drop his sister off for the internship program—he would come in to check on her, and King would ask him to stay. Sykes soon became involved with the artists, and he's been working for the studio full-time for about four years. "I got pulled in, which I greatly appreciated Marlon and Shadow for," Sykes says. "Because, oftentimes in our lifetime, especially dealing with our community, we can see each other have talent, or we can see each other having dreams and goals and won't foster them."

The internship program at Insomniac helps King and Johnson stay true to their mission of building bonds and creating trust with those who use their services. The studio brings on five to ten interns per year to learn production and engineering. It takes 140 hours to complete the program, but interns are free to put in those hours at their own pace. People learn about the internships mostly through word of mouth, and Insomniac's website has a sign-up page.

King brought on the first intern, Keenan Davis, about eight years ago. "He was an artist at the time, and he did a session," King says. "When the session was over, he asked me if I took interns—I had never even considered in terms of apprenticeships, anything." Since then, Insomniac has steadily brought on interns, some who stay for a little while and some who've been there for years.

Insomniac apprentice engineer Low, also known as DJ James - MATTHEW GILSON FOR CHICAGO READER
  • Insomniac apprentice engineer Low, also known as DJ James
  • Matthew Gilson for Chicago Reader

One former intern and current apprentice, who goes by Low, speaks fondly of his time at Insomniac. He says he learned about the opportunity from Davis while the two attended Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields. Upon entering the internship, Low had no knowledge of the technical side of the music industry, but he's since learned engineering skills—including how to master and develop a trained ear to understand frequencies.

Low's relationship with King means a lot to him. "If I didn't spend so much time here, I don't know what I'd be doing," he says. "Because I was definitely doing things I shouldn't have been. And this man kept me out of a lot of stuff, not even knowing it." Low's own father hasn't been present in his life, and he looks at King as a paternal figure who kept him on a steady path.

Interns can move up to the apprenticeship program once they complete their 140 hours and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the curriculum. Apprentices learn to run studio sessions, which can land them jobs as independent contractors at Insomniac Studios and elsewhere once they've absorbed enough to supervise a recording by themselves.

Recording artist Mykah Estelle, part of Insomniac's IS Pro Team - MATTHEW GILSON FOR CHICAGO READER
  • Recording artist Mykah Estelle, part of Insomniac's IS Pro Team
  • Matthew Gilson for Chicago Reader

In addition to offering internships and apprenticeships, Insomniac also teaches artists literacy in the music business, a program they refer to as the IS Pro Team. Mykah Estelle and Sonny Trill, from the west side and the south suburbs respectively, are part of this free program, which teaches them (among other things) how to affiliate with performance-rights organizations in order to receive broadcast royalties. "I didn't realize how much money goes into it," Estelle says. "I didn't realize how much time could have gone into it. Like you have to be set up with two or three different organizations to make sure you get money and all that—I was really uneducated on everything."

  • Recent tracks by or featuring two of Insomniac's IS Pro Team artists, Mykah Estelle and Sonny Trill

The staff at Insomniac Studios decide who to take on for the IS Pro Team based on the relationship they have with the artist and the potential they see in each one. Sykes is working on partnerships to get IS Pro Team artists' music licensed for movies and TV shows and played on local radio stations. He'd also been preparing a showcase concert for these artists that would double as a celebration of Insomniac's tenth anniversary—but it all got postponed due to COVID-19.

Insomniac Studios has already made a mark on the Chicago music scene: the likes of G Herbo, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Shawnna have all recorded there. And the studio continues to cultivate new talents who are making waves, most notably Brittney Carter.

  • Insomniac's first intern, Keenan Davis, made "Wild Horses" (with BJ the Chicago Kid and Ashley Washington) at the studio in 2013.

Even so, Johnson and King say they feel like they haven't yet made the impact they want to on their community. They would love to expand to multiple studios on the south side, increasing their reach in an overlooked population. But the two of them aren't blind to what Insomniac has already done for the many creatives who see it as their haven. "We wanted to make sure we had a place to feel safe and secure and where [artists] can do what they need to do," says Johnson. "So it's gratifying."  v


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