Wanna Live Longer?  Take Music Lessons!

Wanna Live Longer? Take Music Lessons!

Studies continually show all kinds of mental and physical benefits are gained in picking up an instrument. I was in 4th grade when I took my first piano lesson.  I wanted to have at least one class with my twin cousins and we all agreed on taking a piano class.  We...
How to Audition for The Voice

How to Audition for The Voice

School is winding down, summer is around the corner, and folks are hopping on planes, trains, and automobiles to make it to their audition. Can you see your voice making the judges turn their chairs around during “blind auditions”? Let me tell you how to...
Teaching is Harder Than Being in the Army

Teaching is Harder Than Being in the Army

After teaching Elementary Music to roughly 800 kids in grades K-5 for 14 years in an urban setting, and after being an enlisted member of the Armed Forces since 2008, I can very easily say that teaching (under the present circumstances)  is harder than being in the...
Music, Math, and Science Lessons, Oh, My!

Music, Math, and Science Lessons, Oh, My!

U.S. Education Secretary John King has made good on his efforts to support a versatile education for kids across the United States of America, by making public a curriculum that inserts music into math and science lessons. The curriculum, designed by the Thelonius...
Unexpected Combinations

Unexpected Combinations

James Brown.  Luciano Pavarotti.  Soul Brother Number One.  The King of the High C’s.  Big P.  Mr. Please, Please, Please.  Fat Lucy.  Mr. Dynamite.  Big Luciano.  These two fellas couldn’t have been more different, yet more alike.  One is the founding...