After beginning her presentation with a performance of Debussy’s Syrinx at Royal Albert Hall, Balsom explains and illustrates—with real-life examples—how children’s active musical participation can “engage, empower, and repair” their personal, social, and community lives. At one point, she argues that music has the potential to “heal” in numerous ways, a statement that receives considerable support from numerous contemporary researchers in a wide range of fields (*see below).
Toward the end of her presentation, Balsom shows a short film of her work with AfroBrass that focuses on facilitating children’s personal and community flourishing and overall health and well being through active music making and educationally caring relationships between Balsom, her colleagues, and the children. The children’s narratives detail how AfroBrass has made significant differences in their lives.
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Among the many films being screened at the Tribeca Film Festival is a documentary story that unfolded right here in New York. It’s called “Once In a Lullaby” and tells the story of Staten Island’s most well known school choir – and their journey to perform at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. We’ll hear all about it from the film’s director, Jonathan Kalafer, and PS22 chorus teacher Gregg Breinberg.
Yogi: I can’t, but I will. 90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you play it too right, it’s wrong.
Interviewer: I don’t understand.
Yogi: Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can’t understand it. It’s too complicated. That’s what’s so simple about it.
Interviewer: Do you understand it?
Yogi: No. That’s why I can explain it. If I understood it, I wouldn’t know anything about it.
Interviewer: Are there any great jazz players alive today?
Yogi: No. All the great jazz players alive today are dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead. Some would kill for it.
Interviewer: What is syncopation?
Yogi: That’s when the note that you should hear now happens either before or after you hear it. In jazz, you don’t hear notes when they happen because that would be some other type of music. Other types of music can be jazz, but only if they’re the same as something different from those other kinds.
Interviewer: Now I really don’t understand.
Yogi: I haven’t taught you enough for you to not understand jazz that well.
1. “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, I hope it lands on a philosophy professor.” Stephen Colbert
2. Descartes walks into a pub. The bartender asks, “Will you have a beer?” Descartes answers, “I think not,” and he evaporates.
3. How many Marxists does it take to change a lightbulb? None. The lightbulb contains the seeds of its own revolution.
4. How many existentialists does it take to change a lightbulb? Two. One to change the bulb and one to observe how the lightbulb symbolizes an incandescent beacon of subjectivity in a netherworld of Cosmic Nothingness.
5. First Law of Philosophy: For every philosopher, there exists an equal and opposite philosopher.