My Best Friend

Gari Stein 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 con...
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The Path of a Professional Musician

Gary Alexander 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...
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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 Lifts Us, When Nothing Else Can

Suzi Shelton 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 c...
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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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Music In Your Car

Carol Swanson Hey you! Do you sing? I sing in my car; I have many diverse albums on my iphone, and the Bluetooth in my car makes it all so easy! I like Broadway tunes, jazz, and songs by various artists. The music selection depends on my mood. Nobody can hear me, and that’s probably a good thing! I don’t think the world is ready for me singing “Matchmaker”. https://www.yo...
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Iowa band Foot-Notes celebrates 25th anniversary with World’s Largest Schottische

1,881 dancers partake in folk dance; Guinness World  Record sought  Sara Stromseth-Troy DECORAH, IOWA – What should an Iowa band specializing in Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American old-time dance music do to celebrate its 25th anniversary? How about attempting to set a Guinness World Record? Foot-Notes is a band based in Decorah, Iowa, a town in the northeast corner ...
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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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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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Guitarist Kyle Chapman wishes for ‘A thriving music scene in every community’

Sara Stromseth-Troy Note: We first met Kyle Chapman in the feature story about 6-year-old guitarist and Beatles fan King Tobias. Kyle is King’s guitar teacher. In this piece, Kyle talks about his band, Fir Drive, and the recently released debut album, ‘The Block EP’, along with his dreams of seeing a thriving music scene in every community in the United States. LOS BANOS, CALI...
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