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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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September 25, 2017

The State of Music Education in United States Public Schools, 2017

Thanks to a generous grant from the Country Music Association Foundation, Give a Note announces new research on music education in U.S. public schools. Last school year, Give a Note Foundation, with support from the Country Music Association Foundation, sought to understand music education in our nation’s public schools. The Foundation interviewed music educators and […]

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September 18, 2017

Student Producer: Bringing out the Best in Young Artists

As a teacher, I always looked at my job as more of a “student producer” than a teacher. Unfortunately, the term producer has become somewhat distorted. These days we tend to think of producers as famous people who throw parties, get wasted, and constantly demand attention, but real producers are very different. When I think […]

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