Reflections on music's life lessons

I imagine that, in one way or another, you are caught up in the drama of politics these days. My feelings have been impassioned and vocal around the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). It is not unusual for me to write when my sensitivities feel challenged, as is cur...
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On the Value of Art Music Today

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As a promoter of the arts and arts education, in Alberta, Canada (as founder and director of Alberta Pianofest, a summer festival of concerts and piano master classes), I often have occasion to speak before audiences of music-lovers, arts patrons, and potential supporters. These audiences are sympathetic to the cause, and they understand at th...
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Questions and Answers

Q: If a family with an active child is trying to decide among competing, high-quality extracurricular activities such as martial arts, dance lessons, guitar lessons, art classes, horseback riding, or piano lessons, what would be your arguments in favor of piano lessons?A:​ Let's face it. Today's young people (at least in middle-class America) ...
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A conversation with Jane Chu: NCKP 2015

Sam Holland: It's my pleasure to introduce the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dr. Jane Chu. Prior to her current position, Dr. Chu was president and CEO of the Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, where she oversaw a $413-million campaign to build the center. Born in Oklahoma but raised by Chinese immigrant par...
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How Do You Educate Parents and Students About the Importance of Music Study?

Music makes a difference. This simple statement sums up the answer to perhaps the single most important question for music teachers - Why is music study important? In this issue, The Magic Triangle will give you an overview of the importance of music study, provide some suggestions on how to educate parents and students about the importance of...
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