Education

MCC President Anne Kress on 1370 Connection

Monroe Community College President Anne Kress talked with WXXI's Bob Smith about the challenges, and the opportunities, in the years ahead for public higher education.

Gold box

Chris Van Hof lent me a copy of the book "Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music" by Angela Myles Beeching. Violinist Philip Ying calls it “the ultimate Swiss army knife for the young musician,” and the more I pour over it, the more I think it contains a lot of good advice for anyone working in a creative field.

Beeching oversees the career center at New England Conservatory of Music, and in this volume she summarizes the counsel she offers aspiring musicians, including tips on practical matters such as web-site design, managing money, and using social networking tools.  As a professional church musician, I found this tip helpful; “Avoid playing more than twenty-five minutes without a five- minute break.” (Okay, I can do this if that five minute break includes chocolate!)  Beeching also extends this advice to any physical activity: gardening, typing, sports, etc.  Take breaks, she urges.  She recommends daily exercise, soaking in the beauty of nature, and carving out time for non-musical activities.

Here’s some general advice she gives career counselors working with musicians: “Look for the light in the eyes.”  Your eyes reflect your true passions.  

Finally, this gem. Israeli composer Lio Navok’s compares the artist’s creative internal fire to a small, gold box.  “It’s something absolutely personal and irreplaceable in each of us that we need to safeguard,” he says.   I have a gold box.  You have one, too.  Hold it close.

Brizard Responds to State Data on "College Readiness"

Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard reacted in an article in the New York Times that first reported the new data from state education officials.

WXXI's African American Educational Awareness Film Series

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 1:00pm

Presents Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968, which brings to light one of the bloodiest tragedies of the Civil Rights era after four decades of deliberate denial.

WXXI's African American Educational Awareness Film Series

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 1:00pm

Presents Flight to Freedom, a film that traces the evolution of the Slave System and the Freedom Trials of the North.

RCSD Superintendent Brizard on WXXI-TV

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp interviews Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard on this week's Need to Know Rochester.

Need to Know Rochester on WXXI-TV/HD

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 8:30pm

RCSD Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard  talks about his speech last night, and his plans for the future.

The Comeback of East High School

In the final part of our series Transforming Rochester Schools, a look inside efforts to turn around the district's largest school: East High School.

Tough Negotiations: RCSD & Teachers

Following months of unsuccessful negotiations for a new teachers' contract, the district and the union are at an impasse.

Previewing Rochester's State of Our Schools Address

This week on Need to Know Rochester, a look ahead to next week's State of our Schools speech by RCSD Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard.