Voices of Harmony, Part 3

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 Harm...
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Musicophilia

Alan Meerow Last August, we lost one of the most engaged and engaging minds of the past century. Oliver Wolf Sacks died at the age of 82, but left behind a legacy of written works exploring myriad aspects of the human mind (his first love), with side trips into botany (his other great passion). Oliver Sacks was a physician, clinician and neurologist, born and educated i...
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How Music Shaped A Family, Part 1

Sara Stromseth-Troy ALLEN, TEXAS -- Music has accompanied Ian Bui's life story, beginning with his childhood in Vietnam, continuing after the fall of Saigon when his family moved to the United States, and onward through the lives and accomplishments of his children. In Part 1, Ian describes how music education has influenced his life and the lives of his children. Ian shar...
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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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(Music) Lessons Learned

Jean D. Lachowicz Nope, I didn’t wake up one fine morning with a deep and heartfelt understanding of the moral imperative of music education. For me, the case has been made slowly and concretely, through a lifetime of lessons and observations. Here is my personal journey leading to the very logical conclusion that music is SO GOOD for kids, it is immoral for society to ever...
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Voices of Harmony, Part 2

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 Harmo...
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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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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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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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