Power of 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 [...]

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 and the Bridges it Builds

My earliest memories involve music. My mother would sing I've Got a Crush on You to me as a very young child. Most of my closest friends came to me through music. I met my wife because of music. When our children came into the world, music was playing in the delivery room. Music has been [...]

Music Therapy: Music as Medicine

Music Therapy - it's been around for some time...let's say as long as we've had music. As a credentialed profession, it's still relatively new. The first program to award a degree in music therapy began at Michigan State University in 1944. The American Music Therapy Association came into being in 1998. To many, the profession [...]