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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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November 2, 2017

Giving Tuesday: Help Give A Note WIN up to $10,000!

How Has Give A Note Inspired You to Support Music in Schools?   The global giving movement #GivingTuesday, now entering its sixth year—it’s Give A Note Foundation’s sixth birthday, too!—is hosting a #MyGivingStory campaign this year. And Give A Note Foundation wants to invite you to share your story about the impact of music education […]

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October 30, 2017

Help Give A Note Foundation Win $25,000 by October 31!

Please help Give A Note Foundation WIN $25,000 to help more music programs across the United States! Please view and like our video before 11:59PM PT, October 31, and spread the word! Click here:   In honor of Upstanders Season 2, the Starbucks Foundation is launching the “Upstanders Challenge” to celebrate charities that are making […]

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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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