Fife Music Tuition Service Threat Lifted

The proposal, which would see instrumental music tuition removed for all pupils except those studying SQA exams, was roundly criticised. Picture: PA

If passed, this would signal the gradual demise of instrumental tuition in Fife schools. This short-term fix will have lasting consequences for many years to come, robbing the young people of Fife of opportunities embedded in the core of the Curriculum of Excellence. Fife musician Panda Su, real name Suzanne Shaw, whose single Alphabet Song was recently featured on the soundtrack to Hollywood blockbuster movie At The End of the Street, said she was shocked at the proposal. Fife has an incredible musical heritage and schools here have played a big part in encouraging that, she said. Growing up here, its something Ive always been very grateful for and proud to support. Axing music tuition in schools across Fife would have a damaging impact on the future of music in the area. Councillor Alex Rowley, leader of Fife Council, told Scotland on Sunday this weekend that the council would not go ahead with the proposal, which is part of a wide range of cuts the authority is currently considering. We have met with education officials in the last few days looking at everything they have suggested in terms of cuts. My view is that if you were to take this option, you would in effect be wiping music education out. This proposal will remain exactly that. It will not figure in our budget going forward. It will not happen. Scottish Conservative candidate for the upcoming Dunfermline by-election James Reekie, a piper in several Fife pipe bands, said: This proposal makes no sense whatsoever. It will come at huge detriment to local children, all of whom deserve the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

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Rdio adds free music stations to its iOS, Android apps The updated feature offers music from 20 predefined stations or stations you create based on artist, song, album, or genre. (Credit: Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET) Rdio tuned up its Internet radio service with the latest updates to its iOS and Android apps. An updated and free feature called Stations allows you to listen to music from 20 predefined stations built on songs from different artists. You can also create your own stations based on artist, song, album, or genre. In return, Stations plays random selections based on the station you picked, and lets you listen to an unlimited stream of music. Related stories As Apple lets radio roll, Pandora listener growth tones down Sound familiar? Stations seems to be Rdio’s effort to tap into the online streaming action of iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Spotify. The free service won’t bother you with ads between the songs, according to the Associated Press . However, Rdio is counting on its non-paying users to pony up for a $10-per-month subscription, which includes added features like the ability to pick exact songs and albums they want to hear. Stations is powered by music intelligence company The Echo Nest, which described the feature in a blog posted Thursday. As you listen to stations and songs, the service tries to deciper your tastes to better detemine which music to serve you in the future. The Echo Nest said it’s also working with Rdio to make sure all of the radio stations are DMCA-compliant . Such a move would help avoid any legal skirmishes with the music industry. Stations is available as a feature in the US, Canada, and Australia. iOS users can download the latest version of Rdio from the App Store , while Android users will find it at Google Play .

Rdio adds free music stations to its iOS, Android apps

Blumm Sinead O’Connor and Simon Cowell WENN; Frederick M. Brown/Getty See more photos , news and a full bio It’s certainly been a busy week for Sinead O’Connor. The Irish singer who got into a war of words with Miley Cyrus earlier this week after reaching out to the 20-year-old in an open letter advising her not to “prostitute” herself is now worrying about the death of rock ‘n’ roll. And she knows who killed it Simon Cowell . In an interview on The Late Late Show in Ireland on Friday, the 46-year-old blasted the X Factor judge. “I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll, which has happened because of the industry. Because of Simon Cowell, [and his fellow judge, music exec] Louis Walsh they’ve murdered music,” she said. The singer believes that the moneymaking side of the industry has taken over and the result has been “the sexualizing of extremely young people” and the worship of “money and bling and diamonds.” “There’s a certain alarm that needs to be rung and I know there are a lot of musicians around the country and around the world that will agree,” she said. “The power of rock ‘n’ roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all this worship of fame, Pop Idol, X Factor, all this stuff.” O’Connor also talked about her public feud with Cyrus, which began after the singer said that her “Wrecking Ball” video had been inspired by O’Connor’s ” Nothing Compares 2 U .” While O’Connor says she reached out as a mother, Cyrus lashed out on Twitter, taunting the Grammy-winner over her previous battle with mental illness and comparing her to troubled actress Amanda Bynes , who is currently undergoing psychiatric treatment . “I was upset on behalf of Amanda Bynes, not for myself,” O’Connor said. “I thought it was a nasty thing to do.