Category Archive for "Inspiration"

Michael Spencer play The Swan

Today’s Why We Make Music and Why I Teach Music: Be re-inspired by young musicians over and over again. Some time ago I randomly came across a video of Michael Spener, a young Suzuki cellist who only has use of…

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Looking forward

Why I Teach Music: Opportunity to inspire/be inspired by the next generation. I’ve started my planning for the fall semester. Unprompted, from a parent of one of my kiddos in an email today: “(She) was listing out the 25 reasons…

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Two strangers duet on piano at a train station

Today’s Why We Make Music: Universal language time! Watch how long the new arrival *listened* before jumping in. They establish tentative dialogue with some bumps and false starts. Then they *continued to listen* to each other, which resulted in more…

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A message from Daniel Jackson, music educator

Today’s Why We make Music, a reminder from a (music) college friend who is actively making a difference in the world: Unity through Diversity. I have a secret for all you, with special interest to my choral music educators: I…

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Brazil: Culture Vs. Interim Government

Today’s Why We Make Music: Have a gentle tool for fighting for what’s right and important, peacefully, and with grace. Artists, musicians and activists across Brazil occupy government buildings to oppose the new government’s shutting of the ministry of culture,…

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World’s longest-serving orchestra musician played her final note

Today’s Why We Make Music: Engage in a life-long commitment! Jane Little, who debuted as a bassist in Atlanta on Feb. 4, 1945, at age 16 and who never stopped playing, died during a performance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra…

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Proud teacher moment: Praise from another

I’m very proud to share this because it is a rare event: I received an email from a music teacher at a school near me today. Two of my students study piano with you, and I am amazed at what…

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Prince: 1990 sound check, Osaka Japan

Today’s Why We Make Music: Every opportunity to play – including a sound check – is a chance to explore, connect, and influence. RIP to one of the most influential musicians of all time. Thank you, Prince, for all the…

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Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the style of Chopin

Today’s Why We Make Music: Mashups! YouTuber Syd R Duke takes Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and throws in some Chopin flourish. The resulting “Chophoven” is love and also very, very fun to say.

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Aretha Franklin honor songwriter Carole King

Today’s Why We Make Music: to have a good educated guess at what this song means to Aretha and Carole, to the whole audience, in this very moment. Aretha Franklin performs “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at…

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