Blogs You Should Be Reading …

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 1.10.40 PM


Ten Things Music Teachers Should Be Thanked For

A repost from this past April:

Here are ten things music teachers should be thanked for.

1. They taught you that it’s ok to make mistakes, and making them is how we learn and grow as a person. That’s something useful for life in general, not just music.

2. They taught you to believe in your abilities and stay calm under pressure. Again, not bad qualities to have regardless of what you’re doing.

3. They encouraged you to do your best and push your limits.

4. They destroyed the “practice makes perfect” cliche. In reality, a copious amount of practice is not enough to become a great musician. You always need to find a way to make yourself inspired.

5. They show tremendous dedication, including by taking after school lessons, running school orchestras and clubs, and planning activities. A lot of this additional commitment is never recognised in a teacher’s working hours or salary.

6. They made mathematics easier to understand. After all, its simpler to grasp the concept of two quarter notes fitting in to a half than trying to stare at a badly drawn diagram on a blackboard.

7. They pushed you to take responsibility for your actions, by practicing for your weekly piano lessons or remembering to bring your violin to school.

8. They opened the doors to something which has been shown to stimulate the entire brain. As we noted in a recent article, a vast quantity of scientific research has proven the positive effects of music in many areas.

9. They stressed the importance of always looking for ways to improve. Whether or not you’re still playing piano today, a healthy dose of self-criticism can only be a good thing.

10. They showed you that music is a lot more than just something you listen to or have on in the background. It’s there to be experienced.

Shen Yun Symphony Orchetstra

Shen Yun Symphony Orchetstra

A Unique Musical Experience at the Kimmel Center

Music from 5,000 Years of Civilization

Dear Students:
Experience the incredible music of Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, making its first-ever visit to Philadelphia during its 3rd annual North America tour in October!

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is part of Shen Yun Performing Arts, a classical Chinese dance and music company that performs in over 100 cities around the world. The music draws upon China’s 5,000 years of civilization, breathing new life into musical themes and styles from ancient times.

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra blends the spirit of Chinese music with the power of a Western orchestra. All-original compositions draw upon five millennia of culture and legends. Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass accentuate the sound of ancient Chinese instruments—like the two-stringed erhu and the plucked pipa. Never before have the exquisite beauty of Chinese melodies and the grandeur of a Western symphony been so seamlessly combined.

Come enjoy original compositions from Shen Yun’s world-famous production, as well as timeless classical masterpieces and appearances by Shen Yun’s celebrated vocalists.

What: Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra – Music from 5,000 years of civilization

Where: Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

When: 2pm on Sunday, October 25

Tickets: $39, $49, $69, $79, $89, $99

(Use code “LoveSY”and pay just $24.50 for a $49 ticket. Please note: the discount can only be applied to the seats priced at $49 and for students only.)


Contact: 215-893-1999, for more info: 215-475 4492,

‘Beautiful sound … strikingly intricate melodies.’


‘The orchestra is phenomenal. They’re very, very on top.’

—Roger Tallman, 7-time Emmy-winning composer and producer

For more information, visit An excellent video review of Shen Yun music is available at

CampusPhilly Online Job & Internship Fair

CampusPhilly Online Job & Internship Fair

Exclusively available to partner universities, the CampusPhilly Online Internship Fair is a great way for students to connect with regional employers.  Students MUST SIGN UP to participate, register by October 23.


Student PSEA Professional Development Series: Education Professionals Panel

Tuesday, October 27 at 6pm in Sykes Ballroom C

Come learn from professionals in the Education field – a principal, superintendent, director of pupil services, and others – about your search process. Great chance to network!  RSVP to this program here – ALREADY 50+ STUDENTS SIGNED-UP!

Co-sponsored by: Student PSEA, Office of Alumni Relations, and the Twardowski Career Development Center