I sure enjoyed my interview with Producer and Radio Host, Cindy Paulos!
Please listen to our chat! We talk about a special CD project I was part of produced by Cindy and some other amazing folks called Angel Blessings, as well as my new video project We Are Love. This is a creation that is in progress through the collaboration of people across the world. Everyone is invited to be part of this! Let's create something beautiful together that expresses our love and global connection through humanity. Submissions are open to everyone. You do not have to be a professional singer or musician to participate.Deadline to Submit: November 14, 2014 .50% of any proceeds from the We Are Love song and video will benefit Little Kids Rock!
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What a fun time it was visiting a Little Kids Rock program in San Francisco last Friday!
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that seeks to build a world where kids can live rich, purposeful lives, and won’t rest until all children have the opportunity to unlock their inner-music makers. The organization partners with economically disadvantaged public school districts to train their teachers to run innovative Modern Band music programs. This includes donating all of the instruments, curricula and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs rooted in popular music, with a heavy emphasis on improvisation and composition. To date they have served more than 300,000 students in 13 states.
Here is what I discovered on my visit to a Little Kids Rock program that really impressed me.
1. The kids get a music lesson every day through this program! As a former music educator, and a classically trained pianist, I understand the value of daily lessons. When kids are first learning it is difficult for their parents to support them in practice sessions, unless they are also musicians themselves. The opportunity for daily lessons gives the kids a chance to grow their instrument skills quickly and effectively.
2. The program teaches the kids to play music quickly with their "Modern Band" program. This method is quite different than traditional classical teaching, and I believe in it. The kids learn to play chords on guitar and keyboard which gets them playing actual songs in a hurry. Nothing is more gratifying in learning an instrument then to actually make real music! Traditional methods take a long time to build up the skills to play a real song. This is something I talk about in my book and piano teaching method, Born Virtuosos. I see similarities in the teaching of Suzuki, which also develops instrument competence in the students before note reading.
3. The kids get to play the music they choose! So inspiring! They are playing songs that they love, arranged by their teacher. The FUN in the room was palpable!
4. The teacher! Oh my goodness, Lauren Schwartz is just amazing with these kids. She holds a masters in Music Therapy, and that training is put to great use. The connection and trust between teacher and students was quite evident. These kids, and the program as a whole, are so lucky to have her.
5. These kids are just beginners, and they are really learning! I spent the whole day at the program, and I'm guessing I interacted with 100 kids from the program. Going around and observing them, it was amazing to me how much they are picking up. It will be fun to return for their performance to see how much they have grown.
6. All of this is made possible by generous donations and the hard work of the teachers and those who run the program, such as West Coast Director Nate Anderson who hosted my visit. Nate's energy and enthusiasm shine! While I was there, one of the kids asked if Nate is a rock star. The answer is... YES!! Because of his efforts, and those of all the other generous people who make up Little Kids Rock staff, there are thousands of kids making music, who probably wouldn't otherwise have that opportunity. That brings me so much gratitude that it brings tears to my eyes as I write this!
Little Kids Rock kids created some great videos for the project on Friday. These kids are beyond awesome! I can hardly wait to see more of them soon.
Super cool trivia! Sarah Fragoso is my SISTER!! I'm so proud of her, and of Jason! They are such an inspiration for sooo many people, including me, in the area of living a healthy and vibrant life. It was such an honor to be included on their very popular show.
In our interview we talk about our childhood, my personal path with health, music and the global collaborative video project I'm producing to celebrate love and our connection as humanity.
Listen to the whole show RIGHT HERE!
Odile is hosting an art sharing platform of concepts, thoughts and inspiring issues related to Visual Arts and Sound Arts. She is organizing a dedicated art project on those topics that will be presented in Italy at a Cultural Festival in 2015. Interested parties can visit Snowdrop's Garden to connect with Odile for further information.