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    Hooray for "Parenthood"

    By Joe Elefante | March 14, 2012

    It's great to see top-notch theater being performed in northern New Jersey.  It’s even better if an original musical ...

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    Spring Musical Feature: New Providence High School

    By Joe Elefante | March 1, 2012

    Here is a list of musicals being performed by surrounding high schools.  Which of these musicals is not like the other: Footloose,

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    Spring Musical Feature: Ridge High School

    By Joe Elefante | February 22, 2012

    It’s the storm, not you, that’s bound to blow away. These lyrics from “Hold On,” the eleven o’clock ...

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    Joe's Mailbag: Clarification of Yesterday's Column

    By Joe Elefante | January 24, 2012

    I received a great e-mail from somebody who read yesterday's column, "Is the Age of the Original Musical ...

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    Is the Age of the Original Musical Over?

    By Joe Elefante | January 23, 2012

    I know, so melodramatic.  But let’s take a look at what’s playing on Broadway right now (including what’s coming ...

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    Coming Soon...

    By Joe Elefante | January 19, 2012

    I've worked on a lot of school musicals.  Too many to count.  I know how much work and sacrifice goes into putting on one ...

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    Practice and Your Brain

    By Joe Elefante | October 10, 2011

      I just read a fascinating article by Wendy Zukerman at newscientist.com.  It was about how, when a certain activity ...

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    Get Out There and Do It!

    By Joe Elefante | September 13, 2011

      As teachers and students of the arts, sometimes we get so caught up in the banality of our lessons and classes that we forget ...

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    Is Popular Music Better than Ever?

    By Joe Elefante | August 25, 2011

      Here’s something you might not expect to read from an old man or a trained jazz musician (both of which I qualify for): ...

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    A Summer Recap

    By Joe Elefante | August 19, 2011

      So another summer is coming quietly to a close.  Anyone who has tried driving anywhere besides the Parkway on weekends ...

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    Nashville Idol?

    By Joe Elefante | May 31, 2011

    I found this season of American Idol utterly fascinating.  The winner, Scotty McCreery is someone I wouldn't have picked in a ...

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    Sending the Elevator Back Down

    By Joe Elefante | May 24, 2011

    A few weeks ago I wrote in our regular column about something Kevin Spacey said on Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.  Spacey ...

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    What Music Means to Me

    By Joe Elefante | May 3, 2011

      Okay, so I didn’t get any responses to my plea for your personal experiences with music.  Just for that,

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    What Does Music Mean to You?

    By Joe Elefante | April 20, 2011

    We musicians sometimes get so caught up in the creation of the music that we lose touch with the profound, visceral impact that music ...

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    Fight for Common Sense

    By Joe Elefante | March 29, 2011

      It would seem like common sense that, when a program involves the vast majority of students, it shouldn’t be ...

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    The Gateway Game

    By Joe Elefante | February 11, 2011

    Activision, maker of the video game sensation Guitar Hero, announced on February 9th that it will no longer be making the game.

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    Too Much Public Theater?

    By Joe Elefante | February 4, 2011

      Brand new National Endowment for the Arts Chairman and perennial firebrand Rocco Landesman made some typically controversial ...

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    Happy New Year, Music World

    By Joe Elefante | January 10, 2011

      Happy New Year, all!  Here’s to the dawn of another great year in the music world.  There’s a lot to ...

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    Don't Take My Word for It

    By Joe Elefante | December 29, 2010

      “Aeschylus and Plato are remembered today long after the triumphs of Imperial Athens are gone. Dante outlived the ...

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    Spiderman on the "Web"

    By Joe Elefante | December 21, 2010

      The Twitterverse is up in arms over the latest injured cast member of Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man, Turn off the ...

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    So You Want to Make a Recording...

    By Joe Elefante | December 14, 2010

      So you’re a musician, and you want to make a recording… Good luck!  Recordings are extremely difficult ...

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    Why You Shouldn’t Watch the Grammys

    By Joe Elefante | December 3, 2010

      Okay – time for a tirade.  I know I’m still supposed to be young and hip and all that, but I can’t ...

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    "Today, for Many Kids, It's Not a Choice..." (part 4 of 4)

    By Joe Elefante | November 29, 2010

    JE: I read your recent tweet about the effects of music education on brain development.  Although the famed “Mozart ...

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    "Today, for Many Kids, It's Not a Choice..." (part 3 of 4)

    By Joe Elefante | November 19, 2010

    JE: Can you briefly go into the genesis and eventual success of VHI’s Save the Music? RM:  Sure.  The genesis for ...

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    "Today, for Many Kids, It's Not a Choice..." (pt. 2 of 4)

    By Joe Elefante | November 11, 2010

    JE: What is Quadrant Arts Education Research and what separates it from other arts advocacy organizations? RM: Quadrant has ...

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