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A musician and Parkinson’s Disease
April is Parkinson’s Disease Month. During this month, all of us (patients, family members, caregivers and other support people) affected by this degenerative, debilitating disease are encouraged to speak up and tell others about this disease and collectively...
Posted: 4/13/2014 9:39 PM
learning music – at any age
Why should kids be the only ones who can learn to play an instrument? Why can’t we share the joys, challenges and satisfaction that students experience with us adults? That’s what the New Horizons movement is all about. Providing the opportunity for adults...
Posted: 2/14/2014 10:31 PM
I like to make people smile
How many times do profound moments come from the thoughts of our students? I was reading an essay for a scholarship application in which the young lady, when asked why music is important to her said, “she likes to see people smile when they listen to...
Posted: 12/6/2013 11:36 PM
How do you like your music?
Here in the Cincinnati Community Orchestra, our director Dr. Gerry Doan, designs a variety of programs. For the first concert this season, the emphasis was on the music of Brahms, and therefore, a fairly narrow perspective on the extensive breadth of...
Posted: 11/10/2013 12:45 PM
How I came to appreciate the music of Brahms
Musicians have their preferences when it comes to music. All of us in the Cincinnati Community Orchestra have our favorite composers and pieces of music. When the music for each concert is announced, musicians search for the juicy parts that they love...
Posted: 9/25/2013 12:16 PM
Happy New Year!
September always means a new year for anyone involved in education – and that means most of us- parents, kids, teachers, tax payers, shop owners, yes all of us are involved in education in some degree and way. Educating our children is a responsibility...
Posted: 9/1/2013 2:38 PM
Disappearing Moments of Art
I’ve been on vacation for the last week plus. My doctor has told me that I need to relieve stress so on this vacation I tried very hard not to mix work with pleasure. Yet there are moments that we experience as artists that just happen. I’m calling them...
Posted: 7/14/2013 11:10 PM
Amazing and talented
One of the reasons I have the world’s best job is that I work with amazing and talented faculty. Amazing and talented students seem to find these teachers and when the two are combined, watch out. That’s what we have experienced these past two weeks in...
Posted: 6/22/2013 3:39 PM
The Arts Are Good For You
For four years I have been writing my arts education blog. It has been from my perspective, but my goal has been to share my experiences with others, as I suspect others face similar situations. I hope that they have value and meaning for the reader....
Posted: 6/1/2013 4:43 PM
Final Exam Time
At the end of the school year, we measure the growth of our students by testing. Yes, testing. Testing in the arts means performance. And this month hundreds and hundreds of students participated in recitals, concerts and end of the year showcases. Many...
Posted: 5/23/2013 8:04 PM
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I am a lifelong arts advocate and my life revolves around the arts. I oversee a large community school of the arts, housed in one of the top conservatories in the country. I am surrounded by the finest young artists struggling to be the best they can. I also am a professional oboist who is thankful every day that she has the luxury of making music for the pure joy and not to make a living. Amy is most passionate about ensuring that all people have access to to the arts and opportunities to experience the arts in a substantial, satisfying manner.

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