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Kalie: Music is My Healing Place

Kalie: Music is My Healing Place Share To me, music is a tool that puts all the pieces of my broken heart back together in times of struggle.  When my grandmother was going through her passing stage, it was an earth-shattering experience for me.  It helped me realize that music as healing is more than just a phenomenon.  Sure, I had experienced it growing up in numerous ways- breakups, bad grades, family fights.  Music got me through all of that.  But it wasn’t until Nana passed away that I really got a sense for the whole idea. My last words to my grandmother were, “I love you truly.”  Although I couldn’t...

Patrick: Music will always be my connector, my escape, and my sanctuary…

Patrick: Music will always be my connector, my escape, and my sanctuary… Share My world has been turned upside down. This last spring, my Dad got sick. The man I had grown up admiring, the man that was always there for me, whether I wanted it or not, is gone. Just like that; healthy enough for me to argue with a few days before, and now he is just gone.  I feel more alone and lost than I ever have before, a part of me is gone, too, a gaping hole, larger than I thought possible. I can’t get that last squeeze he gave my hand, telling me that he’s still there, fighting, out of my body. He’s just gone. In my last year of high school, I made the mistake of...

What Music Means to Me Video

What Music Means to Me Video This video was produced by the Museum of Making Music in conjunction with the recent “What Music Means to Me” exhibit. Although the exhibit has ended (August 30), this video is one of many testimonials that have been inspired and collected by the What Music Means to Me Project. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5ubcUs9U54&feature=youtu.be.

Tiffany: Here, I am unrestrained…

Tiffany: Here, I am unrestrained… Share I’m not the person whose every feeling is clear by the look on her face, whose heart is always exposed for everyone to see. I’m not the person who opens up easily, who tells her friends and family about her every worry and fear. But when I sit on the edge of a cushioned bench and lift the heavy, black fallboard to my piano, I become that person. With my right foot stretching for the pedal, I position my fingers on the squeaky clean keys, the same exhilarating feeling that possessed me when I was five years old igniting all of the nerves in my body. I play the first chord of...

What Music Means to Me Museum Exhibit Opens December 12, 2014!

What Music Means to Me Museum Exhibit Opens December 12, 2014! Share From the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California: Please join us in celebrating the opening of our newest exhibition! The What Music Means to Me Project was begun by Richard Rejino to raise public awareness of the benefits of music in education and in the quality of our lives. One element of Rejino’s project is his book, What Music Means to Me (published by Hal Leonard, 2010).  In it he combines his original photographs with personal testimonials to document the profound impact that music-making has had on individuals from diverse backgrounds at various stages in their...

Mrs. Nielson: My treasures are those lives I have mentored…

Mrs. Nielson: My treasures are those lives I have mentored… Share Sharing what I love, what I know, what I feel is an incredibly rewarding career. In teaching I am investing myself, using my mental and physical resources to enrich the lives and train the minds of another generation. My heart has been drawn to teaching since I was in my teens. I am intrigued by an opportunity to sharpen children’s senses and expand their mental capacities. I have been astonished at the acumen of the three-year-old playing Bach or the month-old baby using his fist to turn the pages of a book I was reading to him. He was so eager to hear and see what comes next. We...

Éva – Music is a Way of Giving Back

Éva – Music is a Way of Giving Back Share When I was growing up in Hungary, I asked one of my piano teachers if he thought I had the talent to pursue a career in music, whether it in be teaching or performing, or both. He looked at me, turned my question around, and asked me: “Could you live without music?” Without hesitation, I answered, “no!” Since then I have never questioned if music was the ultimate way of living my life. Through music I can connect to people and their culture without physical or language boundaries. It is how I can express myself, how I can represent my country and heritage, how I can serve. When...

Joel – Music Store Owner is Passionate About Music Education

Joel – Music Store Owner is Passionate About Music Education Share After trying my hand at the piano, the oboe and the flute, I started playing the guitar in 9th grade. Suddenly, I realized how much I could enjoy playing an instrument. Within the first 2 years, I started jamming with a group of friends. After a lot of practice, we gave our first public performance at a high school party in a college gymnasium, and it was a night I would never forget. What an experience! There we stood, in front of several hundred of our friends doing something we loved. We played; they screamed. We played louder; they loved us. It was great.  We knew we had...

Book Review: What Music Means to Me

Book Review: What Music Means to Me Share Clavier Companion, a magazine dedicated to the support of keyboard pedagogy in all its varied aspects, has published a review of  the book “What Music Means to Me” by Jeffrey Chappell in the January/February issue. To read the review in its entirety as it appears in the “First Look” section, click on here.  © Richard Rejino...

Jimmye – Music Makes Me Excited About Life!

Jimmye – Music Makes Me Excited About Life! Share Jimmy is featured in the book “What Music Means to Me”. This post is an excerpt from the book… My mom put me in piano lessons as soon as I turned five. She was a big fan of Elton John and probably dreamed that someday, I’d be belting “Candle in the Wind” just for her. When I switched my instrument to the clarinet a few years later, I entered a general music competition at a Dallas church on a whim. It would be the first in a long and extensive line of competitions in which I did okay; they took me all over the world to compete and perform all throughout middle...

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