Day: September 4, 2017

Vocal placements this week at ACMS for Southwestern JourneyKids Choir

WINFIELD — The Community Music School at Southwestern College is accepting students for JourneyKids Choir, a choral opportunity for all students in the third through sixth grades in Winfield and surrounding communities. The group, now entering its third year, is made up of students from Cowley County. Brandi Young, the new executive director for the Community Music School, said JourneyKids Choir provides a positive experience for kids. “The JourneyKids Choir focuses on the development of community within the group, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for student bonding and camaraderie,” she said. The group is directed by Nikki Kirk, an elementary music educator at Jefferson and C-4 elementary schools in Arkansas City. She also serves as director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Kirk has taught general music, band, and choir for more than 10 years in Kansas and her home state of West Virginia. She also served as an instructor at Coffeyville Community College. In addition, the group is accompanied by Winfield pianist and Community Music School teacher Marsha Granberry. JourneyKids schedule of events Voice placements at Arkansas City Middle School will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Voice placements also will be held at Winfield Middle School from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14. All newly interested...

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Music Monday: Look What Taylor Swift Made Us Do

Taylor Swift is a polarizing figure — both as a public persona and a musician. Can she sing? Can she compose? Depending on how many people you ask, you might hear a million different answers. One thing that cannot be denied is that Swift knows how to make a splash and get headlines — whether good or bad. When Swift dropped the first single from her upcoming album, the headlines came rolling in again. Some debated the symbolism in her video, others were looking to see who she was “throwing shade” at and still others just wanted a new song to dance to. What happened was actually much more complex. “Look What You Made Me Do” ended up breaking major records, including being streamed 10.1 million times in 24 hours on Spotify — beating two Spotify records — and amassing 43.2 million views in the first 24 hours after the music video was released. And it is on track to continue breaking records for the rest of 2017. Less than a week after the single was released, there already were dozens of reactions, news and cover videos uploaded to YouTube. Slightly more than a week after its release, the music video alone has nearly 200 million views. While I could spend another couple hundred words discussing whether the song and its subsequent videos deserve the attention that they are receiving —...

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