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Best Music Journalism: June 2014

 A collection of the best music journalism of the past month.

Red Bull Music Academy 

How to make money from Spotify by streaming silence

Who says you can't make money out of Spotify? Certainly not Vulfpeck, a funk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who seem to have devised a way to beat the streaming service at its own game.

The Guardian

Giving a Semi-Hearty Cheer for Semi-Staged Opera

When the vengeful husband enters his wife's bedroom to kill her in the final act of Verdi's "Otello," he is accompanied by the muted snarl of a sepulchral E natural in the double basses.

The New York Times

Music parenting’s unexpected, positive benefits

When parents sign up kids for music lessons, they are not expected to learn something new.

OUP Blog

Music Changes the Way You Think

Hum the first two notes of "The Simpsons" theme song. The musical interval you're hearing—the pitch gap between the notes—is known as a "tritone," and it's commonly recognized in music theory as one of the most dissonant intervals.

Scientific American

Toward livelier orchestra programs: Pick a theme

Orchestras naturally rely on audience-favorite repertory — Beethoven symphonies and Rachmaninoff piano concertos — to sell tickets. Traditionally, they've also relied on star soloists to fill concert-hall seats.

Dallas News

Why women-only awards are sadly still needed in the music industry

It's a shame we need a separate Women In Music Awards – but any chance to make noise for the underrepresented is welcome.

The Guardian

International Emmy® Awards Semi-Final Round Of Judging

The IMZ - for the 9th time in a row - once again was entitled by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to host the Semi-Final Judging for the 2014 International Emmy® Awards.

IMZ

5,200 musicians and singers to take part in Singapore's largest ever concert

Our People, Our Music 2014 will bring together participants from 125 performing groups across Singapore to reignite and sustain former players' passion for Chinese music and to develop and showcase promising talents.

Music Education Asia


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