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December 18, 2017

The Healing Power of Music

There are simply no words to describe the impact Give A Note Foundation has made not only in the lives of our students, but also in my teaching. Student participation is like never before — 100%! Because we have an adequate and abundant array of instruments, we can reach a multitude of student interests. Our […]

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December 11, 2017

From the Rehearsal Room to the Retail Floor

How Piano Led to a Passion for Music Retail   Music has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father started teaching me to play the piano when I was 4 1/2 years old, and seeing my immediate interest and love for the instrument, he enrolled me […]

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December 4, 2017

Celebrate Day of the Dead with the New Disney●Pixar Movie ‘Coco’!

The new Disney●Pixar film Coco offers educators a chance to introduce Mexican culture and Mexican music into their classrooms and engage students with the film as well. The movie’s central theme is the “Day of the Dead” (Dia de Los Muertos) which is a traditional celebration in Mexico and now has become very popular in the […]

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November 20, 2017

Finding the Sweet Spot

  Walking in to Tony Cosby’s advanced woodworking class at Sisters High School in Sisters, Oregon, is just what you would expect in many ways. You are greeted with the smell of sawdust and the pitch of sanders and saws whirring away. But what is somewhat unusual, and at first pass seems like a huge […]

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November 13, 2017

Vision . . . Required (& Delivered)

  SEGUE 61: Keys to the Musical Highway (Owen Bradley’s Vision Revisited) Those who know me best say I am an INFORMED CONSUMER of music, with what is described as an unusual (unhealthy?) amount of information about and passion for a creative craft in which I was never a participant. It’s what likely armed me […]

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November 6, 2017

Be an Enabler—of the Possible

Born to a home-based piano teacher mother, and an amateur violinist father, we three children knew we had to learn to play an instrument as a basic life skill. To their credit, we were never driven by our parents to excel, just left to enjoy music as a language of togetherness and family expression. I […]

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October 30, 2017

The Myth of the Creative Classroom

  On a lovely Saturday afternoon, our composer sits at the piano and begins to put melodies together. Maybe they put a crescendo here, a forte there, and some rhythmic counterpoint. Using their deep knowledge of music theory, they consider interesting harmonic movement and possibly, a risky unexpected Napolean 6th chord then voilà, composition done. […]

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October 23, 2017

A Perfect Metaphor

The Essence and Evolution of Segue 61, a Music Industry Immersion Program in Nashville SEGUE: (sĕg′wā′) intr.v. se·gued, se·gue·ing, se·gues  Music – To make a transition directly from one section or theme to another. 2. Standard – To move smoothly and unhesitatingly from one state, condition, situation, or element to another: “Daylight segued into dusk.” […]

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October 16, 2017

Five Reasons Why You Should Thank Your Music Teacher

  Back-to-school season is a timely reminder of the impact a great music educator can have on a young student’s mind. Whether you’re actively taking music lessons or have done so in the past, you can probably point to a particular teacher as being your main influence or source of inspiration. From teaching you responsibility […]

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