What is Common Law?

What is common law? In legal terms, common law is the body of judicial law developed by judges and other similar quasi Judicial tribunals through being set in writing by various judges. The distinguishing feature of common law as a body of judicial law is that it is derived as precedent. This means that any decision made by one court will effect the decisions made by another court. There are two exceptions to this principle: the exception for cases which are clearly distinguishable, and exception number three, which allows for a case to be interpreted to require changes that do not affect precedent.

It is important to understand the difference between what is common law and stare decisis. Stare decisis is a Latin phrase referring to the practice of deciding cases according to the decisions of the courts. A court may decide a case to be clearly established, legally binding, or rightfully incorporating a principle from a precedent. However, it may also decide that a principle is no longer needed because the existing case law already has been determined. Such a ruling, called an irrelevancy, cannot be justified by using the same reasoning used to justify the change.

What is common law as a civil law system? In many respects, the civil law system of the United States is very similar to the common law system of Great Britain. For instance, both courts have “system justice,” meaning that they apply the same general principles of law to all cases within the system. Another important difference between the two systems concerns the role of juries. In the United States, juries are required to swear out juriesmen to decide cases; in the United Kingdom, however, they decide themselves.

Within the United States, the role of juries is not as significant as it is in other countries. Many people argue that this is due to the fact that the civil war did not focus on juries at any point. There have been instances when juries have been replaced by judges, but this has only happened in extreme cases such as the Oregon incident. Many people also point out that most civil cases never reach a conclusion to the point where there is a clear winner or loser, and this is where the role of precedents comes in.

One thing that does stand clear in the United States is that there are no automatic …


Piano Festival brings together emerging talent from all over the globe

The 15th anniversary of New Ross Piano Festival will be celebrated this week from Thursday through Sunday (September 23-25). Last year, the festival was cancelled by Covid.

Connie Tantrum is the Director of New Ross Piano Festival. “We are delighted to return live performance. Although the audience will be smaller in order to adhere to Covid protocols, our patrons can still enjoy great music, hospitality, and a friendly atmosphere that make New Ross Piano Festival a memorable cultural event. International patrons will also be able to stream live festival concerts online.

The festival will include chamber works by Mozart and Chausson, as well as a variety solo and duo works from Bach and Poulenc.

Finghin Collins, New Ross Piano Festival’s artistic director, stated: “We are proud to present the world premiere for ‘Sonnets,’ by British composer Sally Beamish. This festival is co-commissioned with London Piano Festival. It will also receive a UK premier in London in October.

We have both well-known and less-known works in a range of formats, including solo piano, works for two or more pianos, duets for two, chamber music, and works for piano and chamber music. This makes for an engaging and varied program.”

A jazz strand was created to reflect the breadth of piano music. The New Ross Piano Festival Jazz Day, now in its fourth year is taking place on Thursday. The legendary jazz musician, Jim Doherty Trio with his band, and Jason Rebello, a celebrated British jazz pianist are featured in the programme.

Jason Rebello, who has worked with Sting, Jeff Beck and Peter Gabriel, is the best judge of a musician. [Text Wrapping Break]

These classical musicians are welcome at the New Ross Piano Festival this year

Philippe Cassard, a French pianist and honorary Irishman, is featured.

The festival’s co-curators are Cedric Pescia (pianist), who is dual-national citizen of France, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, as well as Charles Owen, a British pianist, and Katya Apekisheva (Moscow-born pianist), who will be returning to the festival for the second time.

Christian Chamorel, a Swiss pianist who won an award, is also a celebrated Israeli pianist Einav Yarden.

Charlotte Scott, a classical violinist, performs on a Gagliano Stradivari (c. 1685).

Mate Szucs, a Hungarian-born violist and award winning musician, and Adrian Brendel, a wonderfully versatile UK cellist.

Finghin Collins, the festival’s pianist and artistic director, was also present.

New Ross Piano Festival set the …


UNC Musical Empowerment offers free music lessons to children online.

Since 2002, UNC’s chapter of Musical Empowerment offers free music lessons to Chapel Hill-Carrboro students. This includes everything from guitar and piano to voice or saxophone.

Musical Empowerment is an organization that helps students in their local school districts overcome financial barriers and take music lessons. The organization also offers instruments for free to students.

Senior Isabel Morris shared that she learned about Musical Empowerment at FallFest 2019. She decided to apply for mentorship.

Morris was matched with an eager student to learn the guitar. They’ve been together ever since.

Morris had previously stated that she would meet her students once a week at University United Methodist Church on Franklin Street to teach 40-minutes of guitar lessons.

Morris explained that Morris enjoys being able “to use what I’ve learned about guitar and to teach younger children how to love music.” “It’s great to have someone you can teach guitar with and also be a mentor.

Lauren Kornfeld, a senior at UNC, shared the same sentiment as Morris. She discovered about the organization at FallFest only a few weeks into her year.

Kornfeld explained that she first became involved in music to preserve her love and give herself something to look forward to each week. Kornfeld also said that she wanted to become a mentor.

Since 2004, she has been working alongside the same student. She was 5 years old at the time she met her student and is now 8.

Kornfeld explained that “I teach her voice lessons every week, but it’s kinda more than that.” “She comes from a difficult upbringing. She was raised by her mother and grandmother. Her parents are not present so I’m more of a mentor for her.”

The pandemic caused the online delivery of lessons to be discontinued last year.

Kornfeld said that watching her student mature in such a crucial time in their student’s lives was special. She stated that the greatest challenge in her mentorship was the language barrier. It was further exacerbated by last year’s pandemic, which made it difficult to teach lessons online.

Kornfeld stated, “Musical Empowerment makes huge efforts to try and solve that problem because I know that it is a major problem for many teachers.”

Kornfeld announced that the club will allow lessons to be held in person this year, so long as participants are wearing masks and are vaccinated.

Kornfeld explained that the lesson was in …


New York Piano Guru, Dies at 64

Sergei Babayan, a professor at the Manhattan School of Music, is one of those paying tributes to Phillip Kawin who, on September 9, 2017, suddenly passed away.

Phillip has been remembered by Babayan through his German recital.

Yoon Song writes: “I am still devastated and deeply saddened that my teacher, Mr. Phillip Kawin has passed away. A passionate musician, one if the most dedicated and inspiring teachers of the world, and a human who has a child-like soul, without the need for a mask. When life presents challenges, it shouldn’t be so serious! I still think about his advice.

Mr. Kawin! I still want you to pronounce Tchaikovsky & Prokofieff with your Russian accent. You must have sped up on your way from hell to get there. I will be listening to your Russian when we meet again, ok?

Tiehan wrote that he used to wait in room 319 on Tuesday nights, just waiting for someone to knock at the door. I can always feel the energy, warmth, and power behind that double black door even though it’s closed.

It was his passion: music and his students.

I know I can hear the people inside muttering if I stop by to sit down and wait for them to speak.

It is a tradition within our studio that every student will be invited to Bettolona for thanksgiving dinner. For the first toast, Mr. Kawin was responsible. It always goes:

“For Music.”

I believe the definition of music here is different. It refers only to water. Water can come in many forms. It can be a stream running through a forest or as a drizzle that covers the hill. It could be a hurricane blowing up or an empty ocean. It can also be fire, wind or electricity. Sparkling bubbles in champagne, melting butter on hot bread. It refers to love, happiness, and sorrow. It means to play ‘in the keys.

We’ll take a walk after our lessons, which usually ends at midnight. Mr. Kawin was always the one to bring all of his snacks to the entrance when we were sneaking in. He can name every staff member, whether they are cashier, cleaner, pianist technician, or doorman, by their first and last names. He was obsessive about the front gate, which had been renovated, and the lobby, at the dormitory.

Mr. Kawin was an accomplished turtle collector, concert pianist, recording pianist …


Ten Semifinalists For This Year’s Leeds International Piano Competition, Announced

Ten pianists hailing from nine different countries are now in the semi-finals at the 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition.

This year’s competition was more international than ever. There were 17 competitors from around the world, making it the most diverse competition in its 58 years of history. This is due in large part to the fact that this year’s competition took place in 16 different countries instead of the usual five.

Concerto Final performances are scheduled for this weekend at Leeds Town Hall. The finalists will be accompanied by Andrew Manze, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducting.

replays are available of performances from the first and the second rounds of competition.

The semi-finalists at Leeds are:

Alim Beisembayev (23, Kazakhstan)

Dmytro Choni (28, Ukraine)

Thomas Kelly (22), United Kingdom

Elizaveta Kliuchereva (22, Russia)

Kaito Kobayashi (25, Japan)

Ariel Lanyi (23, Israel)

Yuzhang Li (22, China)

Priscila Navarro (27, Peru)

Hyunjin Roh (20, South Korea)

Xiaolu Zang (21, China)

You can view the full listing of competitors in the Leeds International Piano Competition this year here.

You can find more information about the schedule of this year’s Leeds International Piano Competition at https://www.classical-music.com/features/articles/who-are-the-pianists-in-this-years-leeds-international-piano-competition/


Integration of pianos in blended learning

Noel Elementary School provides students with the chance to study blended learning stations in addition to traditional subjects.

Blended education is a teaching strategy that is specific to students. “Where students learn based upon their own strengths and limitations,” it states. It is based on individual student data and focuses upon growth,” according to the district website.

Jennie Chavez from Noel said that enrichment laboratories were added to provide students with the opportunity to pursue different interests. Chris Munoz is a music teacher and decided to play pianos. The 16 instruments arrived in August. He is hopeful that Milam Elementary will receive five more.

Chavez said that Chavez also incorporates blended learning in music into his regular classes.

There are stations for students just like in the classrooms. It takes 45 minutes to sit at a piano.

Munoz explained that he gives children a different learning experience by teaching them from different stations.

On Thursday, he was demonstrating to students how different approaches can be used to teach about the grand staff.

Munoz explained, “So, we’re talking to the grandstaff at each of these stations but in different methods, so the hopes are that one or more of those ways is how the kid really understands that concept.”

Chavez claimed that Munoz started at the beginning, learning how to sit at the instrument as well as where your hands are when you touch the keys.

“I’ve been at the beginning of the school year and he’s still learning how to sit properly. At this point he can play an entire music,” she explained.

Chavez said that the program gives students opportunities they might never get otherwise.

Munoz stated, “Most of these kids have never even heard of a piano before.” While I have probably had one in the corner over the years, actually sitting down and using a piano to play is something that these kids are experiencing for the first time in our district. Milam doesn’t have one on campus, but Noel Elementary has it.

Chavez indicated that parents are as excited as he is.

“We have shared pictures with Facebook and other social media. Chavez said that the kids will talk about it at home with their parents and they are excited by the comments and feedback from parents.

“Munoz was telling me today about how students love to go to music. … He felt like PE has …