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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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TED: Playing instruments benefits your brain

Today’s Why We Make Music: Build the fastest high-speed rail for our corpus callosum!

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Musician Lauren Mayer – The Sexual Harassment Prevention Song

Today’s Why We Make Music: Creative, peaceful protest.

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Collaboration: Yo-Yo Ma & Dancer Lil’ Buck

Today’s Why We Make Music: Cultivate strength, flexibility, and fluidity. Also: why we dance!

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New Study: Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/01/07/music-lessons-spur-emotional-and-behavioral-growth-in-children-new-study-says/ Developmental scientists are catching up with Dr. Suzuki! “What we found was the more a child trained on an instrument,” said James Hudziak, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont and director of the Vermont Center for…

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Right place, right time, right action

Why I Teach Music: To exercise the kindness that my own musical training has taught me, so I can help others. Here’s a story I’d like to share, because I’m proud of my decision to take the part that I…

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The Hoop Movement – Dance Parade New York 2017: Dance For Peace

Today’s Why We Make Music: Because DANCE (and circus!)

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A new approach to her own piano studies

Why I Teach Music: Changing minds and hearts. Last weekend’s studio recital video footage didn’t work out. I wasn’t able to watch those clips at individual lessons this week with the kids as I intended to (and told them I’d…

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Classical Music Mashup II

Why We Make Music: More mashups! Grant Woolard brings us another mashup! “Featuring 52 pieces by 31 composers. How many of these timeless tunes can you name?”

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AI’s attempt to write a Christmas carol = bone-chilling results

Today’s Why We Make Music: Maybe one day computers will get smart enough to grow out of being creepy, but we want humanity in our art. (Warning: article includes adult language) This AI’s attempt to write a Christmas carol is…

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