It’s a cruel world. Here’s why being a virtuous music listener feels harder than ever.
Whenever a teacher or professor invites me to their class to speak about my work as a pop music critic, I jump at the chance, eager to blab with students about whichever songs might be lighting up their brains that week. And while I’ve been making classroom visits for years, I’ve never felt sufficiently prepared for certain questions that always seem to materialize – questions about cultural appropriation, problematic lyricism, selling out, the ethics of posthumous listening, and the slippery white whale of 21st-century cultural criticism, “separating the art from the artist.”
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Michael Palermo, former Jamestown resident and 1989 Jamestown High School graduate, is a band director striving to make a difference. While some band programs in schools have requirements that restrict special needs students from participating, Palermo’s band program for Mayfield City Schools in Mayfield, Ohio accepts all students, regardless of disability.
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What a beautiful idea & story.
A few years ago, Lexington dancer Jeana Klevene was teaching one of her open adult ballet classes when one student caught her attention: a young man with autism. The student focused his body on dancing and put all his energy into the class, Klevene said.That student gave Klevene an idea for what is now Allegro Dance Project, a Lexington-based contemporary dance company with an outreach program for children with autism, Down syndrome or other specific needs.
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