Music

Reunited: A Short Film About Music and the Human Spirit

Friends, I've said it many times before, and I'll continue to say it: music is magic. Below, you'll find a short, five minute film about Edward Hardy, a retiree in Somerset, England, and Sam Kinsella, a young man looking for a few extra bucks. Sam's search lead him to Mellifont Abbey, a residential care facility [...]

Ben Folds, the National Symphony Orchestra, and Magic: Improvisation Unpacked

You may have recently watched a viral video of Ben Folds improvising a work with the National Symphony Orchestra. It's rather impressive and demonstrates a host of skill sets, not just by Ben, but by the entire orchestra. To create something new on the  spot like this takes knowledge and talent. While Ben is calling [...]

Everyone Can Sing

A recent article, written by Northwestern music education professor, Steven M. Demorest, over at The Conversation, an "independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public," explored the idea of musical talent. The most telling fact, one that I have been aware of for most of my [...]

Independence Day and the Music of the USA

Happy Independence Day to those celebrating in the United States! Music has been with us from the beginning. Native peoples had their own music, used for ceremony and celebration. Settlers from Western Europe, mainly from the British Isles, the Netherlands, France, and Spain, brought with them a rich musical tapestry. Folk songs, tavern songs, and [...]

Music’s Effect on the Developmental Domains

When we say that music is a powerful tool for learning, one of the biggest reasons is because music positively affects every area of a child’s development.  And for over 30 years, one of the strongest advocates for early childhood development through music and movement has been Kindermusik International. With a music and movement curriculum [...]