The Family Bredin

Cliff Yankovich Who better to speak to the power of music and music education than Eric and Lindsay Bredin? They are both professional educators AND they are both musicians with steady paying gigs. NOTE: neither of them are music teachers per se, but for the Bredins music and education are so intertwined it would be pointless to try and separate them. Julie and I have know...
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Music All Around Us

Jean D. Lachowicz It seems like everywhere I go and everything I do, I find more compelling evidence to support the mission and purposes of the Spirit of Harmony Foundation: Providing opportunities for personal development and self-expression through the support of music and music education. Not surprisingly, concerts are often the most inspirational, not only for the beauty o...
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Blues in Schools

Cliff Yankovich As one of the roving reporters for this blog I got to witness a classic example of How Things Ought To Work recently. With a heads up from Lowell's Harmonica in Chief, Chuck Myers, I sat in on a wonderful example of pretty much everything the Spirit of Harmony exemplifies. Chuck is a member of the West Michigan Blues Society (http://www.wmbs.org/) and he let m...
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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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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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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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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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