Piano-a-thon is Paying it Forward Through the Power of Music

 As Lloyd and Lyle Anderson rested in their incubators receiving expert care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital, surely the furthest thing from their parents' minds was the question of whether the twin boys, born four weeks prematurely, might grow up to become proficient pianists. Yet by the age of s...
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Musician & Activist: A Conversation with Kayo Anderson

Kayo Anderson is a musician with LA Community Action Network (LA CAN), who works with Skid Row artists, many of whom are former industry-level musicians, to understand their unique challenges and help them facilitate their return to employability. In the United States, employment brings personal satisfaction but also stability for necessities such ...
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Inclusion: Part 2, The MusicLink connection

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MusicLink begins with a simple idea: link an eager disadvantaged student with a professional teacher who provides lessons for little or no cost for as long as the child wishes to learn. This simple connection impacts the life of the child as well as that of the teacher. MusicLink teachers soon realize these lessons expand beyond performance skills,...
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DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: The Harmony Program celebrates 10 years of service to New York City.

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Celebrating the success of its students and the vital role music plays in shaping communities in the New York City metro area This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Harmony Program, an organization that brings free instrumental music education into under-served communities across New York City and Long Island. Over the past ten years, the Harm...
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Questions and Answers

Q: Is piano study for everyone? Why or why not?  A: There's an answer to this question that I WISH were true. And there's another answer that probably IS true. WISH piano study was for everyone because I believe that everyone—at any age, with any level of ability, from any socio-economic or ethnic background—can benefit from piano study in mea...
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The gift of music: Teaching piano in a women's correctional institution

The gift of music: Teaching piano in a women's correctional institution
"Most people take piano lessons as a child, not as a middle-aged woman in prison." These words, spoken by a piano student at the Goodman Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina are true. This truth is a part of the reason why I began a small program for piano study at the prison two years ago. My research while a student at the Univers...
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A moment that makes a difference

A moment that makes a difference
Teaching music to prison inmates is exactly 30.8 miles from my front door in suburbia to the thick metal door of the Warren Correctional Institution, home to 1,400 male inmates. On my scheduled teaching days, I arrive with my contractor badge and clear plastic bag and wait to see what the day will bring. I never know what is or is not goi...
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Questions and Answers

Q: What does the Teaching Artist movement have to do with me as an independent piano teacher? A: In the last column (November/December 2013), I responded to a question about Teaching Artists. We discussed the underlying value of "engagement before information" and briefly examined two types of activities pioneered by Teaching Artists: Interact...
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Questions and Answers

Q: Recently I've seen the term "Teaching Artist" appear in stories on education and the arts in my hometown newspaper. What is a Teaching Artist? Is a Teaching Artist different from an Artist Teacher? And should I, as an independent piano teacher, learn more about "teaching artistry?"  A: I'm delighted to see the term "Teaching Artist" get att...
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