Happy Monday! Round-Up time, let's get to it!
Music icon and producer of the album Thriller Quincy Jones announced last week the creation of a new music education app which he says is the music equivalent of the popular language learning software, Rosetta Stone. The program uses popular music by artists such as Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and Frank Sinatra with real time video feedback. The app is aimed at both children and adults looking to learn about music.
I'm interested to see how this develops. I think one of the major hurdles to its success will simply be overcoming the frequently held notation that music and music education is for children, not adults. I love anything that increases access to music for people of all ages and abilities though, so I'll be rooting for Mr. Jones on this one!
Great article about music therapy programs across the Toronto area. The article does a great job explaining music therapy across several populations, including describing specific Neurologic Music Therapy interventions (four of our therapists have earned the Neurologic Music Therapy distinction!)
A well-done write-up about Boston area music therapist Cara Brindisi, comparing her career as a music therapist to her love of performing as a singer/songwriter.
Interesting research study out of Canada (our Northern friends are dominating this Round-Up!) that found that adults who participated in music training as children showed better motor skills than those who did not. Pretty neat!
Some bad news on Ava's Law, the bill has been pushed a committee, which would shelve the measure until at least next year. It's important not to lose hope, however. Keep pressure on your elected officials! Remember, you can easily look up the contact information for your elected officials via the website votesmart.org.
6. Piano Man
This video made the rounds last year, but I can't get enough of it. Enjoy!
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