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UK Leaders Say Arts Are No Longer In The Core Curriculum

Musicians' Organizations Promote Music Study in UK Schools

The UK's coalition government announced in December that schools would be measured according to how many pupils achieved at least a C at GCSE in English, maths, two sciences, history or geography and a modern or ancient language. Musicians are furious that the new measurement – known as the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) – excludes music and other creative subjects, such as art and drama. Read Campaign launched to promote music study (The Guardian)

Musicians Take Music Education Into Their Own Hands

The Music@Menlo Festival, which wrapped up last weekend, is doing it's part to make sure youngsters have the opportunity to hear and study chamber music.  Not only does the festival celebrate chamber music every summer, they also offer promising young musicians the chance to study alongside experienced musicians. Read Young performers program for string players and pianists (Music@Menlo) Watch a highlight of the Music@Menlo 2011 Koret Young Performers Concerts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AwT6jiEPvA

Two Surgeries Later, James Levine Ready To Take Met Podium

"Excruciating pain"  forced Levine to cancel a Met tour of Japan and his scheduled Tanglewood appearances.  Now, after recuperating over the summer, the increasingly frail composer says he's ready to go. Read More surgeries for James Levine (NY Times)