MMP Newsletter - November 23, 2015

Added on by Robert Willey.

We're in the planning stages for the spring launch of a student-run record label. Indicate your interest here if you want to get involved.

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Cassius Goens, the jazz deparment's excellent drumset instructor, is organizing a free clinic with Joe Elliott on Monday, November 30 in Soundhouse A (MI 220) at 5:00 p.m.

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne is building a showcase butterfly garden and seeks students for an immersive learning project to develop design ideas and educational materials for the installation, and for MMP students to add a sonic component like ambient music or sound design. Enrollment is by permission only. Students will be able to earn landscape architecture or ID credits. The class will meet in the spring 2016 semester on Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Martha Hunt or apply online at Building Better Communities.

MMP students are welcome to attend Brian Wampler's Skype conversation with the Music Industry class on Tuesday, December 1st in Whitinger Business building (WB) 144 from 2:00–3:15 p.m. He will be speaking about how he began and runs his customer-oriented guitar pedal company.

Rachel Enneking (Joyful Noise) and Neal Weber (Starin) spoke with the class last Tuesday.  Joyful Noise is an interesting record label located in Indianapolis's Fountain Square district that "bridges the gap between pop and noise". They concentrate on a variety of limited edition analog formats for their releases including cassettes, vinyl, flexible disks, mystery singles for VIP members, and artists in residence series. Rachel was originally a photographer and does a variety of things as indie retail and distribution manager, including marketing and booking for their performance venue. Both Joyful Noise and Starin offer internships.

Starin is an AV distributor with headquarters in Chesterton (whose staff telecommutes from a number of states across the country). Neal connected the dots between a love for music, Steven Covey's "Seek first to understand then to be understood", Daniel Pink's To Sell Is Human, the need for developing creative writing skills, focusing on the customer's perspective (imagine they have "What's in this for me?" written on their foreheads), and opportunities for careers in being a manufacture representative and selling and installing systems. He says there is a lot of work doing that in Indianapolis because there are so many corporations with headquarters there.

Sonny Wingler from TCOM spoke at the AES Student Chapter meeting on November about sound design in film, life as an audio engineer, and his experience with field recording and post-production.


Julia Shildmyer-Heighway communication skills were in evidence during a visit to the MMP 301 class on the 19th. She studied theater at IU and worked as a professional actress in live theater and television commercials before becoming Educator/Programmer at Children's Museum of Indianapolis. She is now the Community Engagement Manager at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel and told the class about Michael Feinstein, the Center's Artistic Director, whose American Songbook collection is archived there. "For more than 30 years, he has amassed a collection, and encyclopedic knowledge about its contents, that is considered among the most extensive in existence." Students are welcome to visit Archive's reference library, study space, and listening room for in order to learn more about the music, its creators, and the culture it inspired. The careers of the composers represented there started in Tin Pan Alley and continued on through Broadway and Hollywood, and include names such as Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart, Al Jolson, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers. See the October 30 issue of the Newsletter for information on live sound internships at the Center's venues.

Feinstein explains how he got started collecting the music while working with the Gershwins, and developed his craft by playing piano bars.

Raafiq Alim announced that his Hip-hop band Planet Boom Bap is looking for a bass player. Their sound combines rock, funk, and soul.

You should be signed up for your spring MMP classes such as MUST 122 (counts in place of acoustics if you didn't take MMP 125) for freshmen, MMP 236 for sophomores, and MUST 121 (counts in place of MMP 302 for juniors) for freshmen. See for more details.

December 15 is the deadline for entering the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

The Department of Psychological Science is recruiting junior and senior girls majoring in MMPand other majors in which males are the majority for a research study. Female juniors are invited to complete a short online survey which is expected to take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Students will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $25 gift cards from the Ball State University bookstore for their participation in the study. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ms. Olyvia Kuchta at

They are also recruiting female seniors to complete a short online survey in addition to participation in a focus group consisting of other females in male-dominated majors. It is expected that both the survey and focus group will take approximately 1.5 hours. Students will be compensated $30 for their participation in the study. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ms. Laura Kooiman at