Music Education: Opportunities Missed and Taken

Cliff Yankovich The first part of this piece might be subtitled “Rebel Without a Clue” and has to do with the regrets that plague me for not capitalizing on a musical education that was right in my own house. My hope in sharing it is that some young person somewhere might read it and be motivated to take full advantage of a musical opportunity that might be staring he or sh...
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A Gift For A Minstrel

Sara Stromseth-Troy Longtime Todd Rundgren fan Veronica Morano of Sarasota, Florida attended "The Moral Imperative of Music Education Symposium" last weekend in Little Rock Arkansas, an event hosted by Rundgren's The Spirit of Harmony Foundation and The Clinton School of Public Service.  Part of the weekend’s events included an appearance by Rundgren at the Arkansas Re...
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The Moral Imperative for Music Education – A Call to Action

Mark H. Cohen photos by Jim Snyder As economist Dr. George Ford stated during his presentation in Little Rock, AK this past weekend, “The optimal amount of arts in education is most likely not zero.” And so the stage was set as speaker after speaker set out to prove the moral imperative for music education. I almost wrote that they spoke "in defense of music education," but wha...
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Seattle Music Partners

Kevin Roberson This speech was delivered by Kevin Roberson, parent of a current student in the Seattle Music Partners program, at the Seattle Music Partners 15th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser on March 25th, 2015.  Seattle Music Partners is an after school music nonprofit that provides free lessons, instruments, and transportation to elementary school students in Seattl...
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Música do Coração, Part 2. Twin Sons of Different Baianas

Alan Meerow [PLEASE NOTE: Most of the music tracks in this post contain a link that will open a new window in YouTube] Bahia, the largest of Brazil's Northeast states, is also the bastion of Afro-Brazilian culture, rich in history and marvelous music.  Two contemporaries, children  of the 50's and 60's and friends since college, have forged their unique musical paths, but came ...
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Voices of Harmony, Part 1

The Kids of Harmony Project Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based organization with national affiliates dedicated to music education for youth in low-income communities, has been recognized as one of the most effective arts-based youth interventions in the nation.  The Spirit of Harmony Foundation is proud to be a partner in their live-changing efforts.  Students involved in Har...
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Music Cognition Digest

Roger Dumas Music cognition seems to be a hot topic these days. My browser is constantly bringing me fantastic discoveries, like “Music makes you smart!” and “Play music from your brain, in your sleep! Respectable science journals publish articles about how music training increases blood flow in the human brain and how simply listening to music can improve memory. My treasured ...
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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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