The Christmas Kid: Musical Holiday Memories

Sara Stromseth-Troy Thanks to my unbridled enthusiasm of the holiday season, I've been called the 'Christmas Kid'. The day after Thanksgiving, I decorate at least one Christmas tree. I pick a color theme each year and make sure the ornaments and wrapping paper are complimentary. Treasured mementos are placed around the house. Perhaps most significantly for me, the Chris...
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Remembering You Today

Adam Ezra and Bruce Fredericks 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 pe...
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Iowa’s Sopha Sisters spread joy of singing far and wide

Sara Stromseth-Troy CRESCO, IOWA --Nestled in the Northeast corner of Iowa, four young sisters raise their voices in song, their harmonic blend often stopping passersby in their tracks. Addie, 14, Josie, 12, Ella, 10 and Gwen, 9, are the daughters of Steve and Julie Sopha of Cresco, Iowa. Largely self-taught and surrounded by a music-loving family, the girls listen to their...
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King Tobias: Living His Musical Dream Part 2

Sara Stromseth-Troy In the first installment of this article we met guitar prodigy and ultimate Beatles fan King Tobias and his family, and learned how Todd Rundgren facilitated King meeting one of his idols.  In Part 2, King's dreams come true. KING MEETS RINGO STARR Richard Kerris describes the meeting between King and Ringo Starr: “As soon as Ringo met King, he s...
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King Tobias: Living His Musical Dream Part 1

Sara Stromseth-Troy A 6-year-old San Jose, California boy and avid Beatles fan, King Tobias, is living the musical dream of his young life. The precocious guitar player, who, in less than one year of lessons, has already mastered numerous songs by the Fab Four, got to meet two of his musical heroes (or, in King’s word, ‘brothers’): Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. Ki...
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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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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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