NextNotes is a national program, sponsored by the American Composers Forum, to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music of all styles. Talented young artists convene as a cohort and receive mentorship, scholarship funds, and recognition through a national awards ceremony. Any student in grades 9–12 (aged 14–18) is eligible to participate by submitting a complete piece of music they have created in any style. A panel of five professional musicians with diverse musical backgrounds will review all submissions through a multiround review process. The pieces will be evaluated according to the following criteria: Originality, Creative Potential, Overall Musical Effect, Technique, and Impact on the artist and his or her work. Six NextNotes Creators will receive mentorship from professional mentors and musicians over a two-day workshop, flights to and from the workshop, room and board during the workshop, a public concert of the winning works, a scholarship of $1,000 to be used for music creation studies, a recording of the culminating concert, and Finale music notation software. They will also be eligible to nominate a music educator to receive a one-year SmartMusic Educator subscription and up to $500 to share their accomplishment with their hometown. Up to 30 applicants will be chosen for Honorable Mention and will receive written feedback on their piece from the panel of judges.
Deadline: January 2021 for submissions; check website for details
Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll is an exhibition by the MetropolitanMuseum of Art that tracks rock music’s seismic impact on society and culture—all through the instruments and sounds that defined its voice.
With many K–12 schools moving to a hybrid learning model this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom is adding new features designed to help teachers manage virtual classrooms. The free Zoom for Education plan includes more control over virtual classroom views.
Developed by Boston Children’s Museum, the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is part of The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums. In the game, a criminal mastermind known as the FOX has been stealing important cultural landmarks and objects all across China, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. Working together, students will learn about Asia and assemble clues from each country to track down this criminal mastermind.