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Eric Whitacre

Music and the perception of self in a community.

by Kitty Jellinek
There is a definite relationship between music and the perception of self in a community. The music of a given time period tends to reflect the emotions, political scheme, socioeconomic strife and ethical perspective of the society that has the power to communicate beyond words to evoke emotion, promote development and create a sense of identity and culture. With so much in the world being handled in digital media, what is the role of choirs in creating real community between individuals? Composer Eric Whitacre answers Classical MPR’s Brian Newhouse.
My community nickname Merlin.

Local Communities and Education

by Kitty Jellinek
Some local communities foster fertile ground for learning and don’t have the horrendous dropout figures of 40% that America is currently reporting. Nor do they have the so called Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD] epidemic. Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.