11th Annual Michigan Music Conference

April 3rd, 2015 by ifi-admin

MMC2011postcardThe 10th Annual Michigan Music Conference is being held right here in Grand Rapids this January. This exciting event is an in-service for music educators and serves as a coordinating body for collaborative, inner-association initiatives in support of school music in Michigan.

The conference will feature school ensemble concerts, performances from Honors Choirs, All-State Bands and orchestras alongside several sessions for in-service and pre-service teachers, professional development clinics, and hands on technology workshops. It’s the nationally known annual conference for everyone and everything involved in music education!

The Michigan Music Conference will be held January 21-23, 2016 at the DeVos Place, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, and J.W. Marriott. Click here more information on the event.

It’s All in the Bow

August 5th, 2014 by ifi-admin

Woman playing violinAchieving auditory perfection for string musicians takes time, maturity and discovery. Through all the complexities, being aware of what you are playing and reaching sophisticated auditory skill is one of the most crucial steps in improving weak or irregular tone. Reaching the tone you desire and finding that perfect blend between vibrato, tone and pitch takes shifting your focus to the foundation: the bow.

Try this simple, two-step plan provided by Strings Magazine to improve your tone:

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Advocacy for the Arts

July 26th, 2014 by ifi-admin

The benefits of incorporating music into education go beyond enhanced creativity and classroom involvement. Research has found that music triggers higher brain activity, an increased IQ, improved language development and a slight link to improved spatial-temporal skills. Students learning music naturally tap into multiple skill sets; using ears, eyes, and large and small muscles simultaneously, for example, isn’t easy and requires concentration, fine tuned motor skills and plenty of practice. In terms of found that schools with music programs have a higher attendance and graduation rate by nearly 10 percent in both categories.

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