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Boston faces another deep cut in music teaching

First they abolished pre-college teaching at the Longy School of Music.

Now it seems that Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute faces closure. 


And don’t even ask what goes down at the NEC.

Is there some virus that is eating the infrastructure of music education in a formerly civilised city?

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  1. The money machine that engineers sports, pop music, and junk food, has purchased the brains of Americans, wholesale. That’s why I emigrated.

  2. James Brinton says:

    “The sequester has made BU tight about what programs they’re funding,” he said. “BU is definitely hurting and they’re trying to cut where they can.”
    And Alexandra Ivanoff is right about the money machine. If you force the public to swim in sewerage for fifty years, they come to think of anything else as undesirable.

  3. On Wednesday I will be attending the hearing of the National Labor Relations Board in Boston, to review charges against the Longy administration for gross violations of union contracts made with the Longy Faculty Union. These go back at least 4 years or more, during which time Longy has ignored all recommendations for meeting their contract responsibilities.If anything of interest comes from these proceedings, I will report it here. At the same time, there is a groundswell of support in Cambridge at the present moment to find a new site for an independent school for music education for children.

  4. I read the article. Where is this petition buried?? Can anyone help me out? I have been trying to find it for probably ten or fifteen minutes, which is an eternity in Internet time. The whole of the presence I see is one post on the general page by Tito Muñoz. I understand being respectful, but sometimes we have to raise a little hell if we want to get things done. I’ve never even been there (although I have friends who went, so I know exactly what kind of talent is drawn there) and this upsets me.

  5. It is more a matter of how limited resources are spent. BU President Robert Brown is the highest paid private college president in MA. In 2003 BU paid Daniel Goldin $1.8 million NOT to take the president’s job, not to mention the more than $6 million John Silber received after he retired the second time (‘deferred compensation’ and a mansion in Chestnut Hill rent-free for life).

  6. Is the BUTI program in danger, or is the discussion over the building where it is housed? Comments seem to indicate the latter.

    Further, it is my understanding that Longy transferred its resources to an El Sistema system instead of organized pre-college private teaching, which was among the most expensive in the city.

    • Janey, as a BUTI faculty member I can assure you that the proximity of BUTI to the Tanglewood Festival main grounds (~1 mile) is perhaps the most rewarding aspect for the young musicians at BUTI. To move the festival into Boston proper would effectively dismantle the structure of the program. Students attend concerts, open rehearsals, master classes at the Tanglewood main grounds– to relocate would wipe all aspects of “Tanglewood” from BUTI. Even if the program were to move away from the BUTI grounds, as I understand, it would be nearly impossible to relocate and house the students in the vicinity of Lenox, MA. BUTI is a great labor of love for all involved. We are endlessly proud of the program and its educational legacy. For Boston University to lose BUTI would be a considerable dark mark and detriment to its legacy.

  7. Roy Lisker says:

    One of the reasons that I came to Boston for a few days, was to attend the hearings of the NLRB with respect to unfair labor practices by the Longy School of Music against the Longy Faculty Union going back 5 or 6 years. This is not rhe first time that Longy (which fired 87 of its teachers without notice, and abolished two departments , pre-school and adult ed a few months ago) has been cited by the NLRB, asnd it has consistently refused to respond to these citations.
    This morning, Tuesday, October 2, I opened the Boston Globe to learn that the Republican Party, in its devotion to ganging up on democracy , is now holding the government hostage by holding up the budget. Thousands of federal employees are out of work for these days, and most federal institutions closed. The article also mentioned that courts were being kept open, which led me to hope that perhaps the NLRB hearings were going on.
    No way. Arriving at the Federal Building at 10 Causeway Street, I went up to the 6th floor to discover that the NLRB was also closed. I should have assumed that anything to do with labor would be attacked first.
    This date has been on my calendar for six months.

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