Learning to Listen to The Doors

Roger Dumas Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore released “The Doors” in January of 1967. The LP might not have changed my life if, at the time, I had just listened a little closer… I was turning 16. The only thing I wanted for my birthday was this band’s debut psychedelic rock LP, although I had only ever heard the edited version of “Light My Fire” on...
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Learning to Listen to The Doors

Roger Dumas Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore released “The Doors” in January of 1967. The LP might not have changed my life if, at the time, I had just listened a little closer… I was turning 16. The only thing I wanted for my birthday was this band’s debut psychedelic rock LP, although I had only ever heard the edited version of “Light My Fire” on...
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Erin’s Plight

Jodi Fitzpatrick Once upon a time, 16 ½ years ago to be precise, there was a baby girl that made her presence here in the universe. She was a wonderful, good natured baby, and her mom and dad both recognized and appreciated the gift they were given. As a toddler, she was much quieter than most of her peers. As her peers began to explore the world, their vocabulary exploding exp...
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This is Your Brain on … Music

Alan Meerow Ask any musician about the power of music and they are likely to become, well, rhapsodic. Talk to any self-admitted music lover, whether they play an instrument or only listen, and she will no doubt recount some almost otherworldly experience of healing, spiritual upliftment, or emotive power from a particular piece of music. Now, in the 21st century, neuroscience a...
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An Interview with Jim Fox

Cliff Yankovich I recently had the opportunity to get some insight on musical education from one of my favorite drummers, Jim Fox, who put his training to work with a couple of his friends in The James Gang. Like many of us, Jim went to school at a time when musical education was a regular part of public school curriculum. He remembers a teacher coming around to the various ro...
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Make Music NOLA!

Laura Patterson Sure, most middle school students listen to hip hop music, and most probably dance to it, but how many students spend their summers learning to play hip hop music...on the violin? For Make Music NOLA students, this was the focus of their summer camp experience, and a small part of the 140 hours they put into the program this year. That's how much time each stude...
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Parker Liu: A Testimony to the Power of Music Education

Cliff Yankovich Parker Liu is a 22 year old working on his Doctorate in Pharmacy at Ferris State University in Michigan. He started playing the violin as an 8 year old and added the cello three years later. He played both through high school and has concentrated on the cello since graduating. Did I mention he has a way cool carbon fiber cello? In addition to the killer appearan...
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The Birth of Spirit of Harmony Foundation’s Video Testimonials

Ed Vigdor Among the many topics discussed at the initial Spirit of Harmony Foundation meeting, during which Todd, Jean and I signed the letters of incorporation creating the foundation, I told Todd of the long range goal and vision I had for the foundation. The first was to elevate him to “head of the class” for music education advocacy, the next Bono, eventually placing h...
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Music Education Counteracts Negative Influences for Youth

Jean D. Lachowicz It’s called resiliency. It’s called a spark. It’s called a miracle. It’s called a fluke. There is no easy way to explain the reason why some kids manage to grow up in extremely difficult situations and conquer their challenges against all odds, confound the naysayers, and attain unimaginable success in personal, professional, and academic achievements. What ...
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Melody and Me

Alan Meerow It looked something like a tin whistle or perhaps a fife, just a 12” cylinder of nickel coated brass (later stainless steel), perpetually locked into the key of C (actually B flat), with six finger holes and a mouthpiece welded perpendicular to one end of the body, and a cork inserted at the other end. Manufactured by the now defunct Melody Flute Co. in Laurel, MD, ...
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