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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Music Education: Opportunities Missed and Taken

Cliff Yankovich The first part of this piece might be subtitled “Rebel Without a Clue” and has to do with the regrets that plague me for not capitalizing on a musical education that was right in my own house. My hope in sharing it is that some young person somewhere might read it and be motivated to take full advantage of a musical opportunity that might be staring he or sh...
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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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Seattle Music Partners

Kevin Roberson This speech was delivered by Kevin Roberson, parent of a current student in the Seattle Music Partners program, at the Seattle Music Partners 15th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser on March 25th, 2015.  Seattle Music Partners is an after school music nonprofit that provides free lessons, instruments, and transportation to elementary school students in Seattl...
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Voices of Harmony, Part 1

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 Har...
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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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Joel Crouse: Constant Music and Change

Cliff Yankovich Joel Crouse and I go waaay back - like back to the mid-1970s in high school when we saw Todd/Utopia, Genesis, Lou Reed, David Bowie and other great concerts for $7.50 to $15 per ticket. (We even got to see Genesis perform the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway right before Peter Gabriel went off on his own.) On the days when I got to drive the family beater to scho...
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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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Cliff’s Story

Cliff Yankovich I am 56 years old and was lucky enough to go to school when music played a fairly large part of public school curriculum. Here are some highlights of the teachers and programs that helped shape my life and appreciation of music. Mr. Mooney was my teacher in 5th grade at University Heights Elementary in Tucson, AZ in 1968. We had him all day for the three Rs, bu...
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