Vox video brilliantly deconstructs rap

A new video from the youth-oriented news magazine Vox.com would make a great classroom resource for any teacher trying to get kids to focus on prosody. The breezy, entertaining style is typical of a lot of YouTube “explainers”, but some things are really best taught through video, and showing how some of the greatest rappers put together rhymes and beats is surely one of them. Continue Reading

Composer and video artist Kathy McTavish profiled in American Composers Forum

Kathy McTavish is well-known in videopoetry circles for her innovative poetry films and her cello compositions, which have been featured in soundtracks by other video artists, most notably Swoon. The American Composers Forum, which awarded McTavish a Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund) grant in 2013, has just posted a profile of her and her latest multimedia project at their website. Continue Reading