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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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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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October 9, 2017

Look Beyond the Stage: The Impact of the Arts

  Those who diminish the importance of arts education often argue that most music students will not pursue music professionally, rendering their music education meaningless or an activity with a dead end. This fact—that most students will not go on to be music professionals—is true, but the issue with that argument lies in a narrow […]

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October 2, 2017

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip

  Ramon Rivera’s music program at Wenatchee High School is a Give a Note Foundation grant recipient. Ramon Rivera was named a 2017 CMA Music Teacher of Excellence by the CMA Foundation this past spring.   Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Washington, D.C., with a small-town mariachi music ensemble is a dream come true to […]

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