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Sara Bareilles imagines what Pres. Obama might think of Trump election

This American Life asked Sara Bareilles to imagine what President Obama might be thinking about with the election of Donald Trump. She wrote this song, which Leslie Odom Jr. sings. Why We Make Music: to have a civilized option for…

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FSU faculty, students connect with prison choir through power of music

Today’s Why We Make Music: It’s about “Connecting your experiences” and to “understand developmental teaching” and “to have empathy”: FSU faculty, students connect with prison choir through power of music I had the honor of singing for Dr. Bowers back…

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Ludovico Einaudi performs an original composition “Elegy for the Arctic”

Today’s Why We Make Music: Communication on behalf of our planet. Ludovico Einaudi performs an original piece “Elegy for the Arctic”, on the Arctic Ocean to call for its protection, on June 17th, 2016. Also: Some very kind person transcribed…

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Suzuki piano volumes 1-7 available on iTunes

I’m very happy to learn that Alfred Publishing (publisher of the Suzuki Method repertoire materials outside of Japan) has Suzuki piano volumes available on iTunes! https://suzukiassociation.org/news/suzuki-piano-school-volumes-1-7-digital-audio/ Some ideas of mixing up a typical book-by-book listening routine: 1. Combine a higher…

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String quartet MozART Group adds ping pong to show

Today’s Why We Make Music: Always skillful and sometimes silly multitasking.

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Anytune & Audiopo

The Suzuki pieces we hear on the official recordings are played by professional musicians at performance level. This means that, for players who are learning a new piece, the piece are much faster than they are able to play at…

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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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