Twestival – What You Need To Know

Now, what exactly is a Twestival? How does it differ from Tweet-ups or similar events? Now, this website is mostly about education, but we all know in what way modern technology and communication is essential for up-to-date education. So there’s the link between Twitter and education.

A Twestival (or TwitterFestival – Twitter & festival makes Twestival) has some similarities to any Tweet-ups in a way that Twitter people will connect offline for social catch-up or networking purposes.

There are 3 main elements that make Twestival so special:
1) The scope of Twestival is much larger than other events and there are many volunteers involved.
2) Twestival is open to all sorts of people within the Twitter communities, So although most participants tend to be early adopters still, there are many different and diverse new people and industries present.
3) The third and most important element of Twestival is that it supports a social cause by raising funds collectively and bringing awareness.

So when and how got Twestival started?
Well, about a decade ago, to be precise (in September 2008), a small group of Twitterers (or Twitter fans) from London, UK, set up an event that allowed local Twitter community members to meet in an offline setting and to meet the individuals and the faces behind the platform’s avatars. Now I’m a highly active Twitterer and a highly engaged education mom. So this website is all about tweeting to education moms!


Does School Size Matter?

People often ask me, “Does school size matter?” In a nutshell…yes, school size matters.

Historically large schools (especially for middle and high school) have been the norm for many reasons. A school building, in and of itself, is expensive to operate and maintain. So the fewer buildings that a district has to pay for, the less capital outlay it is for the district.

Secondly, the more students in one building, the more funding for that school. The more students in the school, the more likely it is that the school can offer a robust number of programs. In other words, the more students, it’s more likely that you’ll have a better football team, basketball team, and even a math team.

Despite some of the positives of a large school, sometimes in a large school setting, it’s too easy for a student to get lost. Particularly, students who don’t fit the norm and are not well assimilated into school, for whatever reason. Many students drop out of school and later need to try to earn a GED diploma with the help of online courses like these MyCareerTools GED Resources.

My high school graduating class was roughly 170 students. A high school that wasn’t too far away had 1,000 students per graduating class. Take a minute to think about that from a student to teacher/adult ratio. Of course, large schools have more staff members, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that fewer students fall through the cracks.


Tuition-free colleges and Low-Interest Student Loans

By the time you’ve earned your high school or GED, you may think about going to college. Now, this may come at a hefty price, but there some colleges that make it financially easier on you. These colleges may not be right around your corner, but maybe you have some relatives that live around one of the listed schools, or you may find some other solution to deal with distances.

In the following video, Nash McQuarters discusses if tuition-free community colleges will have a positive effect on American communities at a recent Tulsa Community College TEDx meeting.

So, as you know, college is expensive, but you can actually go for free if you want to, believe or not. Going to college for free does require a lot of planning and effort on your part, yet it will be rewarding knowing that you have zero debt. You should make sure you have some kind of source of income, for example, get involved in educational activities.

But even having some income everyone welcomes the opportunity to go to college for free, so here are tips on how to get tuition-free colleges. There are a number of colleges all over the country that are officially tuition-free. This means that all of their students will receive scholarships or grants to cover the cost of attending the institution, but they may still have to pay for their living expenses. Read on to check out some tuition-free colleges!


The Lewis Family- Gospel & Bluegrass Music

The Lewis Family is 3 generations of a musical family from Georgia. The Lewis Family is recognized as one of the most reputable music groups and has its place in Georgia’s Music Hall of Fame. This website is dedicated to the history of the 3 generations of this remarkable family.

How it started

Pop (Roy) and Mom (Pauline) Lewis formed The Lewis Family and were joined by many of their children. They had eight children: Miggie, Wallace, Esley, Mosley, Talmadge, Polly, Janis, and Roy (Little Roy) Lewis.

The family always enjoyed playing music together and continued to do so from the moment their kids were at a very young age. When son Wallace was 12, Mom Lewis taught him some guitar chords, and Little Roy started playing the banjo already when he was only 6 years old.

The musical group started out with the four brothers making music together under the name “the Lewis Brothers” until the year 1951 when father Roy and the daughters joined the group and they changed the group’s name to “The Lewis Family.” That name later became one of the most famous names in the world of gospel music.


The style of the Lewis Family was influenced by the legendary gospel music quartets that dominated in the ’40s and ’50s, but also great artists such as Martha Carson and the Chuckwagon Gang left their mark, though the Lewis Family definitely had a unique sound that was all their own.


What is Bluegrass Music?

If you ask a hundred different people what Bluegrass Music is, you will get one hundred different answers. To understand bluegrass music is to realize and appreciate its musical roots. Bluegrass music’s origins come from Scottish and Irish immigrants who settled in the Appalachian Mountain region making their own “mountain and hillbilly” music.

This music was passed down through the generations and took on new ideas, instrumentation, and direction. Just listen to The Lewis Family performing “I Plan to Meet You There” live and You’ll get a good idea!

On October 28, 1939, Bill Monroe introduced the world to his style of music by playing “Muleskinner Blues” during the Grand Old Opry’s Saturday night show. Intent only on making his mark in the country music world, “Big Mon” became the “Father of Bluegrass Music.” This music is now being performed by professional and amateur musicians around the world.


The Origins of Gospel and Bluegrass Music

Black slaves and plantation owners also gave the South what became Gospel with its ring shouts, congregational songs, quartets, sanctified groups, sacred harp choirs, and even work songs.

White Gospel really got its beginning in pre-Civil War camp meetings, revival music, and sacred harp singing. When the Ruebush-Kieffer Publishing Company was established, James Vaughn started the first record company based in the South. Check out this 1970 “Best Of The Lewis Family” album to hear what White Gospel was all about.

After WW II, the Grand ‘Ole Opry started to feature gospel groups such as The Statesman, The Oakridge Quartet, The Jordanaires (who later became Elvis Presley’s background singers), The Blackwood Brothers, and The Happy Goodman Family. Modern White Gospel performers include Amy Grant, the late George Beverley Shea, Dallas Holm, Jars of Clay, the late Anthony Burger, Elvis, Faith Hill, etc.


The Gospel Music Hall Of Fame & Museum

The Gospel Music Association was founded in 1964 and functions as the voice and face for the community of Christian Gospel music.

The association is committed to promoting, highlighting, and celebrating gospel music that has come to us in all sorts of styles such as country, southern gospel, rock, pop, praise & worship, R&B, black gospel, hip hop, and many more.

The Gospel Music Association community includes more than two thousand members, from church leaders recording executives, artists, and promoters, to agents, managers, radio hosts, songwriters, retailers, and many other music industry visionaries.

A top education is of course required, and you can easily apply to the best music schools if you use the “Common App”, an online college application tool that you can use for applying to almost 500 colleges and universities in writing individual applications to these schools.


Lewis Phillips Bluegrass

In early 2010, after the world-famous Lewis Family had disbanded in 2009, Lewis Phillips started out performing in another new band named The Lewis Tradition in Lincolnton, Georgia.

The band’s line-up included his beloved mother Janis Lewis Phillips, his highly-talented cousin Travis Lewis (the son of Wallace Lewis who had already passed away), and the oldest son of Travis, Jameson Lewis. Just listen to how Lewis Phillips sings “Mary Dear”:

Lewis Phillis is the son of Earl and Janis Phillips. Janis was one of the members of the bluegrass gospel group The Lewis Family, also known as Georgia’s First Family of Bluegrass Gospel.

In 1972, at the age of just two, Lewis began to tour together with the Lewis Family band, and at just age six, he was already played banjo on a CBS-TV special with Carol Burnett. In 2001, Lewis released his first solo album titled Empty Fields.


The Lewis Family Members

The Lewis Family is known all across the globe as Georgia’s “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel Music.” The Lewis Family (based in Lincolnton, Georgia) has always blended old-time string-band music traditions with vocal harmony singing we all know as Blue Grass Gospel Music or Southern Gospel.

The Lewis Family has performed at numerous festivals and bluegrass and gospel music venues from the moment they started out in 1951. The band’s gospel harmony singing was accompanied by guitar, autoharp, banjo, and upright bass.

The Lewis Family had a weekly show for more than 38 years on WJBF television station in Augusta, Georgia. One of the most prominent fans of the group in the Memphis area was Elvis Presley. On November 7, 2009, the Lewis Family held its farewell concert at the Lewis Family Pavilion in Lincolnton.


What are the three main traditions of gospel music?

Many people think that Gospel Music is a typical southern phenomenon. The fact of the matter is, though, that the roots of Gospel Music actually date back to the 1730s in New England. It began when Rev. Jonathan Edwards (a New England preacher) started a religiously orientated revival labeled “The Great Awakening”.

The traditional, slow hymns did not work at all for Edwards’ passionate religious services and he wanted more upbeat, fast-paced hymns to better fit his messages.

His fervent style of preaching and the passionate music of the “Great Awakening” movement started to sweep all the way down the eastern U.S. seaboard right into America’s southern states. Here, African American slaves who were attending services together with their owners were surprised by the similarities between their fate and that of Moses’ people.

The African American slaves were also linking the earthly freedom with the promise of a fine afterlife, but they could only sing about Christian ideals and ethics so eventually, they turned these hymns into their own religious songs that later became known as their “Negro Spirituals”.