Classical Kids—“Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage”

Apr. 30, 2014 by

I want to introduce you to a musical CD series that combines a dramatic story of one of the classical composers, a bit of history about that composer, and excerpts from their magnificent music. It is called: “Classical Kids”—a must

Working on 4 Cylinders: The Power of “Marching to the Music”

Apr. 28, 2014 by

Did you ever play in a marching band in high school? If so, do you remember what is was like to play an instrument and march to the beat of the music at the same time? In the beginning it

Music and Autism

Apr. 23, 2014 by

  I think most people are aware of what autism is and more than likely, you know a parent with an autistic child. Why? Because it is the fastest growing developmental disability with an astounding 1,148 percent growth rate over

Music and Learning Disabilities

Apr. 21, 2014 by

Being a parent certainly has many rewards, but it is not for the faint-of-heart. Parents can face many challenges with their children—physical, cognitive, mental, emotion, or behavioral. The interesting news is that with most of the challenges mentioned, music seems

Sacred Music: Handel’s Messiah

Apr. 18, 2014 by

Today, in keeping with Easter week and the discussion of choral music, I want to talk about George Frideric Handel’s famous oratorio, Messiah. First, Messiah is considered choral music and more specifically considered an oratorio because it is a large

Sacred Music: Gregorian Chants

Apr. 16, 2014 by

On Sunday, April 20, Christian churches around the world will be celebrating Easter—the celebration commemorating the remembrance of the atoning sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In lieu of this event, I would like to talk about sacred music; specifically

Classical Music—an Acquired Taste

Apr. 14, 2014 by

  Is there a certain food that you love and want your children to love too? Like sushi, liver, asparagus or Brussels sprouts? It has been said that if you want your child to enjoy a particular food, they need exposure

The Power of Mothers and Practicing

Apr. 11, 2014 by

When I was writing my book, I interviewed a number of adults who took music lessons as children and who were still involved in music as adults. Each one told me that the reason they didn’t quit their lessons revolved

Getting Kids to Practice Their Musical Instrument

Apr. 9, 2014 by

Question—did you take music lessons when you were young? Did you stick with those lessons or did you put up a fuss about hating to practice and wanting to quit? If you quit, do you regret that decision?  If you

Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra

Apr. 7, 2014 by

In 1999, I started the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra. Fifteen years later, it is still going strong. I am no longer the president—it is now in the skillful hands of Mrs. Schola Tsai with Elmer Su as the talented

Musicians Making a Difference: Michelle Whitesides, chairperson of Young Violinists Program

Apr. 4, 2014 by

 Today, I want to talk about a music program that is positively affecting hundreds of children and was started by two very talented musicians—Elmer Su and Michelle Whitesides.  It is the “Young Violinist Program” and functions under the umbrella of

Musicians Making a Difference: Jenny Oaks Baker, Violinist Extraordinaire of Fairfax, Virginia

Apr. 2, 2014 by

Stop and think for a minute about a recording artist(s) that you absolutely love because their music has totally and completely enveloped your being while simultaneously inspiring and uplifting you. More than likely, there are several on your list. For

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