Minnesota Public Radio features by Emma Nelson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31280 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:55:10 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Emma Nelson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Michael Tang: 14-year-old pianist plays Grieg with aplomb In a small, yellow room at the back of a Schmitt Music store in a strip mall, Michael Tang sat down at a grand piano. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/04/michael-tang-pianist?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Auditioning for graduate school: "Your mind is like a laser beam" Clayton Tillotson has been imagining auditions - the rooms they're in, the pieces he'll play, the people who'll be watching. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/13/grad-school-music-audition?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:20:00 -0600 What do you do with a music degree - when what you do isn't music? Emma Nelson talks with musicians who earned their degrees and then saw their lives take non-musical turns. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/27/music-degrees-careers?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:15:00 -0600 Life as a freelance musician: "Scary, but a lot of fun" Like freelancers in any field, freelance musicians worry about where their next paycheck will come from, and when. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/21/freelance-musicians-work?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:00:00 -0600 Teenagers without English skills face highest high school hurdles of all Every year, thousands of immigrants enroll in Minnesota public schools, but the challenges aren't equal for all of them. For those who enter the system in high school with little or no English language and writing skills, the pressure is on almost immediately. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/10/education/teenagers-without-english-skills-face-highest-high-school-hurdles-of-all?refid=0 Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:08:20 -0600 Young musicians face fears on the classical job market According to a Wall Street Journal report based on 2010 U.S. Census data, the unemployment rate for music majors hovers around 5 percent — better than the majority of arts-based majors, and only tenths of a percent worse than electrical engineering. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/03/classical-music-job-market?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Adult English language learners struggle against program's policy Statewide, about 27,000 were enrolled in adult English language programs last year. Critics of a policy that requires learners to progress a level every 30 months say it leaves participants with no place to go to get the English skills they need. Every year, as many as a half-dozen students at the Ronald M. Hubbs Center in St. Paul are asked to leave the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/28/english-language-programs?refid=0 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600