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Georgia Senate Bill 474, or the Student Health and Fitness Act, has passed the Senate and is now waiting for House approval. If we don't act now it WILL BECOME LAW.

SB 474 looks good on paper. It is designed to help children stay fit. Elementary school students will be required to excerise for 30 minutes a day while at school. Middle School students will be required to excerise for 50 minutes a day while at school. Schools are already scrunched for time, however. There will be no time for music, art, and language classes. At my brother's middle school they have band class for 30 minutes every other day. Music classes already suffer without the state requiring 50 minutes of exercise per day.

Georgia does have a high child obesity rate (35% of children are obese). However, lifestyle changes need to be made in order for this to change. State mandated exercise is not going to make this change if nothing is changing at home. We also cannot forget the 65% of Georgia children who are not obese.

The bill will also be costly to implement (all teachers across the state will be trained in physical education), and it will result in the loss of fine arts education jobs.

A similar bill was passed in Texas not long ago. Fine arts classes across the state suffered for it.

If you live in Georgia, please right to your House Representative (You can find out who that person is and his/her e-mail address here). At my school, we are planning to use our Senior Skip Day to protest at the capital.

To non-Georgia residents: keep an eye out to make sure this doesn't happen in your state!

The GMEA wrote a nice letter you should take a look at.

If you would like to read Senate Bill 474 in its entirety, click here.

Note: For those of you who are unaffected by what goes on in Georgia, I'm sorry for spamming, but I thought it might interest you anyhow, ;P

I've posted this at viola_is_life and violists. If you guys know of any other communities that may be interested by this, please share!
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determined determined
Current Music:
Apocalyptica
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I love playing the Bach Cello Suites, but can anyone suggest anything similar I can have a go at. I only play for pleasure and don't have an orchestra or a pianist to accompany me. Anything around the difficulty of the cello suites would be ideal.
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So I sit here, with my Viola in front of me. And my music stand to my right, with the Stamitz Viola Concerto on it. I've got the midi playing and I must say it's a bit complicated. And honestly, I'm young at the age of fourteen. But I'm up to it.

If I can play Bach's Suites, then I shall achieve this.

:)

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determined determined
Current Music:
Stamitz Viola Concerto in D major, Op. 1
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Just wanted to say a quick 'Hi!' to all violists and viola players! It's great to see that we undervalued and overlooked musicians can stick together and have a voice! I play in a non-professional orchestra called Sinfonia of Leeds and love playing viola. Looking forward to getting in touch with other violists!
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Hey! I a new member, so I'm just dropping in to introduce myself.
I am rogueravenclaw and I've been playing viola for nearly ten years. I also play the flute, but not as much. Anyways, that's about it. Bye!
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Ah wow... No one's posted in awhile. Hm...

So I had my recital yesterday. Typical that my private teacher chose me to play the Telemann in G. I'm K. Nicole by the way.

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J.S. Bach - Suites - Allemande/Courante
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This was taken from an article on people like us, stolen from Wikepedia. Anyway, I thought everyone should read this.

Violists

Violas and violists are often the target of the musical equivalent of the blonde joke. This is probably the result of the mostly obsolete practice in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century orchestras of demoting to the viola section violinists who lose their playing ability as a result of age or lack of practice.

Among the great composers, several preferred the viola to the violin when playing in ensembles, notably J. S. Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Numerous other composers also played the viola in ensembles including Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, and Antonin Dvorak.

There are only a few really well known viola virtuosi, likely owing to the shortage of music featuring the instrument. Among the better known violists from earlier in the twentieth century are Lionel Tertis, Paul Hindemith, William Primrose, Joseph de Pasquale and Walter Trampler. More recently, well known violists include Yuri Bashmet, Kim Kashkashian, Garth Knox, Roberto Diaz, Tabea Zimmermann, Nobuko Imai, Rivka Golani, Paul Neubauer and, from the younger generation, Antoine Tamestit.

The term violist is not universally used in English; some players, generally British, prefer viola player.
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Borodin
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Hey all, just a random post.

I was thinking of compiling a list of all the famous viola pieces and composers. I mean, there are the obvious like Telemann, Bach (transposed of course) and other pieces all violists must play. If you guys could contribute to the list, that would be awesome, just post a comment. I suppose later I could organize it by period and composer. Also, I think transposed pieces from bass or treble clef would work okay too.

Another thing, does anyone know a viola concerto that is harder than the Telemann (in G major) but significantly less difficult that the Bartok? Thanks much.

Oh, and also feel free to leave tips and helpful viola information that would make people better players. I'm just an amateur, so any tips and such would be much appreciated.

thanks again!

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Current Music:
Swan Lake
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Howdy... anyone reading this played Clarke's Sonata for viola and piano? I'm just now learning it and there's one passage that has me scratching my head and wishing I had a teacher still.

Anyone out there? I'm going to cross post to 'viola revolution' btw.

thanks!

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Welcome to the Journal where violas grow strong. Hopefully many will join and truly grow to love the misunderstood viola. We will set up a forum to discuss important viola issues. Like how there are only nine concertos.
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