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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - June 11, 2014

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School’s Band

By Eric Westervelt

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(Duration: 7:15)

Practice time for the PS 177 band.

There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.

Categories: Education, Music, Technology



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 18, 2014

Rising from the Ashes of Disco

By Jason Croft

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(Duration: 3:24)

Mark Rubel with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets at Mabel's in Dec. 1984.

Many consider the 1980’s to early 90’s the golden age of local music in Champaign-Urbana, especially when it comes to rock and roll.  On Saturday, April 19th, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Disco: Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s.”


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - February 05, 2014

Pogo Studios Archives Donated to the Sousa Archives

By Jason Croft

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(Duration: 4:60)

Recently, Champaign’s famed Pogo Studio closed its doors after nearly 30 years when owner Mark Rubel left for a new job in Nashville, Tennessee. But the music that was recorded there will live on at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois.




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