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We at the Spirit of Harmony Foundation believe that every student deserves access to high quality music instruction and we are dedicated to helping educators, districts, administrators, parents, and engaged communities create and nurture sustainable music education programs in the schools and organizations in their community. Music education programs are fundamental to ensure t...
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When Words Fail, Music Speaks

Simon Kirke 88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life, published by Keep Music Alive, is a compilation of  over 150 inspirational stories & quotes from musicians, music educators and music lovers from all over the world. Included are a number of stories from Grammy winning and Platinum selling artists & composers.  The authors have given Music In A Word permission to post co...
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Words and Music

Alan Meerow “The effective combination of melody, harmony, rhythm and tempo with lyric and its structure can create a force to be reckoned with. It can change lives. It can topple empires.”  - Paul Pattison, author of “Writing Better Lyrics,” and professor, Berklee College of Music. You love music.  I doubt that you would even be reading this were it not for that simple fac...
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Making Memories Through Music

Jean D. Lachowicz In 2014, the Spirit of Harmony Foundation partnered with Walter Payton College Prep High School in Chicago, collecting 25 new and used iPods/MP3 players for the "Making Memories through Music" project. A student advisory group at Walter Payton began a multi-year, ongoing project with senior citizen home Warren Barr Pavilion to craft relationships with resi...
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“I Teach People, Not Pianos”

Nick Ambrosino 88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life, published by Keep Music Alive, is a compilation of  over 150 inspirational stories & quotes from musicians, music educators and music lovers from all over the world. Included are a number of stories from Grammy winning and Platinum selling artists & composers.  The authors have given Music In A Word permission to ...
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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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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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Jack “The Trumpet Man” Misner

Cliff Yankovich Jack Misner is the kind of guy that one only needs to be around for a few minutes before you realize he is a real positive force of nature. He loves to meet new people and it doesn't take long before he considers you a friend. Speaking of friends of Jack’s – he has been a true friend to his trumpet for a long, long time! "My first musical performance was buzzi...
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