April 20, 2021 | Music Education

Why is it that when we think of classical music, our minds immediately go to Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, or Mozart? The influence of racial biases permeated the music world long ago, and not just the classical corner. This spring offered the ideal time to shine the light on and learn about Black composers. Their compilation of work—including compositions that seem to have only recently resurfaced—should be studied, played, and appreciated.

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March 23, 2021 | Why Music Matters

By Joan Mankoff Reluctantly, let’s revisit March 2020. A world pandemic infiltrates every aspect of our lives. The world as we know it starts shutting down, and uncertainty becomes the constant. The routines of our day-to-day life dissolve. Everything that can go online becomes virtual. Stress is high, and connection as we know it is low. What’s a community-entrenched, hands-on local music school to do?!

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March 9, 2021 | Practice

By Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. (BulletProofMusician) It’s often said that timing is everything. Yes, people are typically referring to life or business when they say this, but it appears that the same could be said for athletic and musical endeavors as well. After all, space out for a moment in orchestra, and you could very well end up playing a solo that nobody saw coming.

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February 23, 2021 | Benefits of Music Education

By Emma Huggard Think about your favorite musical artist and the instruments they play. Bruce Springsteen, on guitar, keyboard, or harmonica? Jerry Garcia on guitar or banjo? Prince on the keyboard, guitar, or 20 more? So many well-known artists of the past century are skilled on more than one instrument. You may not aspire to be an award-winning musician, but learning a second instrument – at any age - can enhance your musical knowledge and appreciation.

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February 10, 2021 | Student Spotlight

In January 2016, we wrote an Opus article featuring a 12-year-old CCM student, Joachim Laurent. We learned about his music theory studies and participation in the Royal Conservatory Music Program,A Young Joachim Laurent a rigorous assessment program, his commitment to practicing an hour each day. At that point, Joachim had already been learning music and studying the piano with his instructor, Chieko Loy, for six years. Joachim is now a senior at Concord Carlisle High School, and this fall, he will be attending the University of Chicago. As a student studying at CCM for twelve years, we wondered what he would tell his younger 12-year-old self-featured in the 2016 article.

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January 29, 2021 | Voice Therapy

Using Rhythms and Melodies to Feel Better What is Parkinson's Disease? It's a progressive disease that affects the nervous system and impedes one's movement. According to the Parkinson's Foundation, approximately 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's are diagnosed each year. It's estimated now more than one million Americans live with the disease. Despite these huge numbers, there's still no cure. For some, the help they need comes from re-discovering the magic of music and singing. Becoming Stronger with Singing Therapy Music empowers and improves our frame of mind.

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