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Spotlight on MMEA All-State Ensembles

Mark Russell Smith 

This week, Classical MPR is broadcasting and streaming highlights from the 2015-2016 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State ensembles. Today's spotlight is on the All-State Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Russell Smith of the University of Minnesota and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

Meet Class Notes Artists: Ladyslipper Ensemble

Ladyslipper Ensemble -- Chris Kachian, guitar; Sahar Hassan, mezzo-soprano and Artistic Director; Chris Brown, double bass 

Over the past few months, Ladyslipper Ensemble has visited schools in Saint Paul, Lakeville, Minneapolis, and Stillwater as part of the 2015-16 Class Notes Artist program.

Practice smarter, not harder

(Oliver Quinlan | Flickr Creative Commons) 

A new study shows ‘practice makes perfect’ is more than a cliche

Strategies to help children develop self-control