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The Fact That Changed Everything: Aaron Dworkin and Sphinx

Sphinx is on a mission to bring diversity to classical music. Since it began, black musicians have doubled in America's top orchestras.


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When music educator Aaron Dworkin talks about diversity in the world of classical music, he knows what it means. A MacArthur Fellow in 2005 and President Obama’s first appointee to the National Council on the Arts, Dworkin has earn many accolades, but still remembers that his love for classical music began at home. Adopted at two weeks old, the African-American became part of a white Jewish family in Chicago. It was here that he found his passion for classical music through playing the violin.

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Juilliard Brings Online Music Education to the Masses

Juilliard eLearning will enable anyone with an internet connection to learn from the nation's most talented musicians.

As school music programs dwindle under severe budget cuts, a generation of kids is growing up without music education. If they can't afford private lessons, students can always head to YouTube to learn how to play the piano, but the quality of the instruction is hit-or-miss. Now The Juilliard School, the nation’s most prestigious college for the performing arts, hopes to change all that by offering its world-class music courses through Connections Education, an online education provider.

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Two Former Teachers Defend Music Education on YouTube

In their latest video, the duo Two Teachers and a Microphone make the case for music programs, which are getting cut across America.

The teacher layoff-protesting duo is back! Two Teachers and a Microphone, a pair of pink slipped Los Angeles Unified School District educators, have released yet another video. This time around they're challenging the layoff notices being sent to music teachers.

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