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Anshel Brusilow, former DSO conductor and head of orchestra programs at UNT and SMU, has died
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Anshel Brusilow, who served as music director and executive director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the early 1970s, and subsequently headed orchestra programs at the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University, died at his home Monday. He had been battling cancer for several years and was 89.

Brusilow, who retired from UNT in 2008, was also music director of the Richardson Symphony from 1992 until 2012.

"Anshel Brusilow was without doubt one of the truly significant leaders in the history of lifting the UNT College of Music into the realm of America's most respected...

UNT to offer world’s first music performing arts health Ph.D. next fall
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The University of North Texas College of Music will begin offering the world’s first Ph.D. in music with a concentration in performing arts health in fall 2018, UNT announced Tuesday, Jan. 9. According to a university news release, the degree will focus on the hearing, vocal, musculoskeletal and psychological health of musicians and other performing artists.

“It’s really exciting to help develop classes for this unique program,” Kourtney Austin, teaching fellow in performing arts health, said in the release. “As a new degree plan, it leaves students wide open to pursue their specific research interests.”

Austin says...

Experimenting with music accelerates child development
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Studies have shown that the first five years of a child's life are fundamentally important to their growth and learning achievement. Nurturing musical development early maximizes children’s musical learning opportunities and provides them with the readiness needed for music instruction later in life. The University of North Texas College of Music's Early Childhood Music Program exposes young children – infants to age 5 – to a rich, music-filled environment in which they participate in listening, vocal exploration and music babble. These skills eventually lead to beat competency and accurate singing.

“With your child, you...

UNT opens registration for music program aimed at infants, toddlers
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The University of North Texas College of Music has opened enrollment for the winter session of its early childhood music program.

UNT's Early Childhood Music program offers music classes for children from birth to 5 years old. The classes are designed to accelerate children's development in song, rhythm and expression.

The 10-week winter session includes two classes, one held on Fridays from Jan. 5 - March 9 and the other held Saturdays from Jan. 6 - March 10. All classes are held in Room 115 of the Music Annex Building, located at 1630 W. Highland St. at the corner of Avenue C and Highland on the campus....

"Legacy" by Professor Emeritus Neil Slater included among best boxed jazz recordings of 2017
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Dec. 13-- Who says holiday albums have to be banal?

Not the most creative artists, who turn overly familiar fare into music worth hearing.

Following are the best seasonal jazz recordings of new and recent vintage:

Joel Paterson: "Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar" (Ventrella Records). Chicago guitarist Paterson has released one of the most disarming, joyous jazz recordings of this holiday season. As its retro title implies, "Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar" revivifies age-old Christmas tunes via a mid-20th century sensibility. But the overdubbing, reverb effects and clean-lined lyricism of this work sounds...