Power of Music

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 [...]

Changing Lives with Music: Stephen Oliverson

Dr. Stephen Oliverson is principal of Provost Elementary in Provo, Utah. In 2014, Provost was named a National Title I Distinguished School, one of only 59 schools nationwide to receive this honor. What was Dr. Oliverson's secret to this success? The answer (which is no surprise to us): music. The instructional day was rearranged so [...]

Amazing Musical Moments: #3 Will Have you Sobbing

Kindermusik educators have the immeasurable joy of seeing amazing musical moments in nearly every Kindermusik class – a baby shaking a bell for the first time, a toddler belting out parts of the hello song, a preschooler who proudly contributes his movement idea in class, or the big kid who plays her first song on [...]