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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 co...

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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 Over?": &nb...

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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 comin...

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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 on...

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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 be...

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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 forg...

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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, you&rsq...

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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 dismantl...

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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 controversia...

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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 amb...

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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 Dark.&n...

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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 difficul...

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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 h...

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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 Effect&...

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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 develo...