Sitting Down With The President, Part 3

Alan Meerow The final installment of our conversation with SOHF President Todd Rundgren. AM: You've expressed a disdain for country music, and for almost half a century you've only recorded a single and arguably satiric country influenced song.  [Todd chuckles].  What are the music genres that you really like the least, and which the most? TR: That I like the least? AM:...
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Sitting Down With The President, Part 1

Alan Meerow Despite  a schedule from hell, and a bad case of food poisoning, Spirit of Harmony founder and president Todd Rundgren found time to sit down with Music In A Word editor Alan Meerow at the Tyrolean Getaway in Stowe, Vermont for a wide-ranging interview.  Here is part one of what will ultimately be three posts for our blog. AM: In his 2007 book, "Musicophilia," t...
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Standing On The Shoulders

Fred Mollin 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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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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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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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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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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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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