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Creativity Music Newsletter

Inspiration and Genius – Led Zeppelin, Spirit, Beethoven, and Bernstein

I thought I’d share some thoughts about musical pattern, proportion, and structure in light of the hot topic of alleged music plagiarism that seems to be prevalent nowadays, most recently the case filed against Led Zeppelin and the opening bars of the hit “Stairway to Heaven.”

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Music Music Education Newsletter

Bring Your Music to Life

I had the privilege of conducting the Arizona All-State Band last month. The experience was extraordinary. One hundred students from schools throughout the state participated after going through several steps to qualify.

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Arts and 21st Century Learning Music Music Education

Language of Unity

I recently attended the final concert performed by the 2015 Arizona Musicfest Orchestra in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of the works on the concert—the Glagolitic Mass by Leos Janáček—was of particular interest to me. Janáček’s music is deeply influenced and inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music.

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Arts and 21st Century Learning Music Music Education

For the Love of Music

As I moved from room to room among the hundreds of music teachers at a recent Music Educators Conference in Arizona, I thought about the tremendous passion and commitment that brought all of these people to this profession—teaching music for a living.

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Creativity Music The Arts and Lifelong Learning Theater Education

Musical Theater Magic

The holidays tend to bring out the kid in all of us, and what better way to recount and experience that spirit and joy than a performance of Mary Poppins.

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Creativity Music The Arts and Lifelong Learning

Holiday Music—Connecting Generations and Genres

Music is more than just something to listen to or something to play; whether we realize it or not, it’s an important part of what moves us during the holidays.

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Arts and 21st Century Learning Creativity Music

What’s Really Happening in the Music Classroom?

There are many who wonder what really happens in a music classroom. What can be gained from this time spent when there is so much else to learn to create a successful life?

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Artistic Expression Music

Just Do It

Musicians, painters, dancers, sculptors, and actors know that the artistic process requires you to keep at it—to constantly create and maintain momentum.

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Arts and 21st Century Learning Music Newsletter

A Matter of Interpretation

An artist’s interpretation—representation of a thought, a scene, an event, or an object—might be in the form of sound, video, painting, drama, dance, or sculpture.

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Music Music Education

The Beauty of Contrast

As I listened to a recent performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, I realized the significance of what the composer accomplished and the awareness that allowed him to create such a work.