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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Música do Coração, Part 3. Feminina

Alan Meerow [PLEASE NOTE: Some of the music tracks in this post contain a link that will open a new window in YouTube] In this final installment of Música do Coração, we turn to some of the great female voices of Musica Popular Brasiliera (MPB). First up, a woman whose tragically short career was contemporaneous with the birth of MPB, Elis Regina.  With her roots in bo...
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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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Painting Music

Alan Meerow Music doesn't only engage the auditory centers of our brain.  It can inspire imagery in our mind, sometimes inchoate, but other times fully formed.  And to some, the gift is given of translating that inner vision into art.  Welcome to the world of Michael Morrison. I met Michael for the first time at Todd Rundgren's Mythic Pacific Retreat in Cambria, California l...
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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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