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 [...]

Book Review: Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schnachner

How could you not love a book with a title character named Skippyjon Jones?! The adventures of Skippyjon Jones are a delightful series of books based on author Judy Schachner’s real-life Siamese cat. Apparently, Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary pet. Because Skippyjon Jones is certainly no ordinary cat. And that’s precisely what makes the hilarious [...]

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 [...]

Children’s Book Review: The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The Wonderful Things You Will Be is a stunningly gorgeous picture book, both in its sentiment and in its illustrations.  Full of expectant promise and embodying the beauty of the unique potential that is in all of us, the author poignantly voices in lilting rhyme what is in every parent’s heart as they look at [...]