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Black History Month Musicians

The Rock and Roll Revolution: Black Musicians Who Paved the Way

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s crucial to honor the monumental contributions of Black musicians to the genre of rock and roll—a genre that owes its very essence and vitality to the creativity, innovation, and enduring influence of Black artists. Delving deeper into the roots of rock and roll, we highlight the Black musicians […]

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Jason Ferrell Music

Harmonizing Passion and Education: A Conversation with Jazz Maestro Jason Ferrell 

Delve into the world of jazz with Jason Ferrell, a distinguished educational representative based in Columbus, Ohio. With a life steeped in music and an unwavering passion for jazz, Jason shares his journey, influences, and insights into the art of jazz education.  Jason’s Musical Beginnings Born and raised in Columbus, Jason’s musical journey began with […]

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Instrument Care

The Art of Instrument Care: Essential Tips for Maintenance and Protection

This article focuses on a vital, yet frequently overlooked component of being a musician – the art of instrument care and maintenance. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting your musical journey or have years of experience; knowing how to properly care for and protect your instrument is crucial. It not only ensures the longevity […]

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Inspiring Artist Interviews

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A Journey Through Sound and Soul: An Interview with Kirk Whalum

We sit down with Grammy Award winning sax legend Kirk Whalum in the second episode of our ongoing Music & Artists series. Renowned saxophonist Kirk Whalum, with his deep roots in Memphis, Tennessee, embodies a rich musical heritage that spans genres and generations. In a recent interview, Whalum delved into his musical upbringing, the profound […]

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Miles O'Malley

Tuned to Perfection: The Resonant Tale of Instrument Maker Miles O’Malley

Melding Tradition with Innovation in Instrument Making From the delicate, meticulous work of a seamstress to the precision required in the repair of musical instruments, Miles O’Malley has woven together a life of dedication, craftsmanship, and innovation. Deeply influenced by the art of making things by hand, Miles is a testament to the idea that […]

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Lindsey Stirling Interview

The Rhythmic Realm of Lindsey Stirling: An Exclusive Interview

The Unyielding Spirit of Lindsey Stirling In the realm of music and performance, few artists captivate audiences quite like Lindsey Stirling. From her electrifying violin performances to her intricate dance routines, Stirling is a symphony of talent, merging classical with contemporary in a blaze of dynamic showmanship. With multiple chart—topping albums, a fanbase that stretches […]

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Marcus Strickland

Interview with Marcus Strickland, UYS Cover Artist

World renowned saxophonist and composer Marcus Strickland is helping to frame jazz music in a captivating new context. Named “Best New Artist” by a 2006 JazzTimes reader’s poll, and “Rising Star” in 2008 and 2010 by Down Beat magazine, Strickland breathes new life into jazz with a fearless musical philosophy that embraces hip hop, funk and soul. […]

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Interview with Matt Johnson from Matt & Kim

Matt Johnson got his start in music by playing the sax in middle school band and guitar in punk bands on the side. While at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, he met Kim Schifino (drums) and they formed Matt & Kim to produce indie electronic music. Renier Fee, director of marketing at Music & Arts, caught up […]

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Susan Hawthorne | Piano and Voice Instructor in Tucson, AZ

Lessons Instructor Spotlight: Susan Hawthorne

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Myths About Music Lessons and Learning Music

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5 Tips To Start Your New Music Lessons on a High Note

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Boost Social-Emotional Learning With Music Lessons

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