Sarah’s Story: On the Imperative of Music Education for Our Society

Phil Mariage When history loses urgency, people tend to live at the expense of the future, despite their better judgment.  -- Neil Howe and William Strauss, 'Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069.' The daughter of parents who saw no need for her to achieve anything more than a husband, Sarah, a native Arkansan, had spirit. Her father did enjoy the music of ...
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Música do Coração, Part 1. Milton Nascimento

Alan Meerow My first exposure to Brazilian music was a Stan Getz recording of my father's that featured the music of Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim. It made scant impression on my young mind, as I was far more interested in the Beatles, and the burgeoning sounds of the 1960's pop revolution. It was later, in the mid-70's, when my California housemate, a jazz vibraphonist, sat me d...
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Joel Crouse: Constant Music and Change

Cliff Yankovich Joel Crouse and I go waaay back - like back to the mid-1970s in high school when we saw Todd/Utopia, Genesis, Lou Reed, David Bowie and other great concerts for $7.50 to $15 per ticket. (We even got to see Genesis perform the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway right before Peter Gabriel went off on his own.) On the days when I got to drive the family beater to scho...
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Plant a seed. See it GROW.

Jean D. Lachowicz My grammar school did not have a music program. On alternate Fridays, for about an hour, we would either have song books passed out at our desks so we could sing, or we had “art” class, which usually involved construction paper, crayons, and Elmer’s glue. At home, we listened to music all the time, with records and radios playing constantly. I had a little ba...
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Plant a seed. See it GROW.

Jean D. Lachowicz My grammar school did not have a music program. On alternate Fridays, for about an hour, we would either have song books passed out at our desks so we could sing, or we had “art” class, which usually involved construction paper, crayons, and Elmer’s glue. At home, we listened to music all the time, with records and radios playing constantly. I had a little ba...
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Cliff’s Story

Cliff Yankovich I am 56 years old and was lucky enough to go to school when music played a fairly large part of public school curriculum. Here are some highlights of the teachers and programs that helped shape my life and appreciation of music. Mr. Mooney was my teacher in 5th grade at University Heights Elementary in Tucson, AZ in 1968. We had him all day for the three Rs, bu...
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