MMP Newsletter - December 1, 2015

Added on by Robert Willey.

Email Dr. Willey if you need MUST 121 in the spring and haven't been able to get in yet. We are opening a third section and want to be sure that is enough to accommodate everyone. MUST 121 is required of students entering the MMP program this year and is the replacement for MMP 302 (Songwriting 2) in the old degree plan which is not longer offered anymore. It may be possible to get a course substitution for MMP 302 by taking composition class or lessons. Dr. Willey is planning to teach MUST 121 online in the summer.

Start getting your resume and recommendation letter together if you're interested in applying for a live sound (or recording) internship at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan this summer. This is a paid position where students work with with talented high school performers and touring bands in a variety of venues, all the while living in a place where you can see the Milky Way at night. Summer jobs will be opened on their website after January 1st. The application process is competitive because it is a desirable opportunity to learn and network.

Country EDM singer and performance artist Mandy Bo has a announced a contest to remix her version of Johnny Cash's song "Folsom Prison Blues" by January 12th. Participants can get the stems at her website and have their work reviewed by industry professionals. The winner will appear on her next album and share in the royalties.

Joe Trinite and Friends

Joe Trinite and Friends

Send Dr. Willey mp3s of your best original work along with songwriting and performance credits for consideration for the MMP Student Podcast. You can listen to productions by your colleagues here or search for "mmp student work" on iTunes or other podcast aggregator.




We talked recently with George Litterst, the editor of the Disklavier Education Network, co-author of the intelligent accompaniment software program Home Concert Xtreme, and author of more than 100 articles on the application of new technologies in music education. His new project is with TimeWarp Technologies, a pioneering music software company that develops interactive score following software. They are interested in involving interns with editing scores for their SuperScore program. Part of the process involves exporting scores from Finale in Music XML format and then creating new tempo maps for performances of those scores in Digital Performer. Their software combines the data from the notation with performance data and creates scores that adapt to a user's preferences and devices during playback for hands-free display while practicing or performing. One of the futures of the music and entertainment industry will cluster around interactive experiences and education products and this would be an opportunity to learn about notation and MIDI editing while getting an inside look at a group of entrepreneurs. Contact Dr. Willey if you would like more information.