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Finger Numbers (not finger knots!)

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Numbers seem integral to music study, but they can be very problematic for our students with special needs. We use numbers to assist us in our process, but meter and rhythm are beat units that are heard and felt. Our fingers are all different shapes and lengths, and we use them in groupings to manipulate the piano to make sounds. We use numbers as ...
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Inclusion: Part 1, Bringing music-making to everyone

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If there is one thing that music can do, it can bridge all divides. It does not recognize age or gender, race or social class. Music does not recognize disability. Music does not discriminate. It finds and nourishes the good in everyone, and every person has the ability to experience and make some kind of music. If we cannot find a way together, or...
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Inclusion: Part 2, The MusicLink connection

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MusicLink begins with a simple idea: link an eager disadvantaged student with a professional teacher who provides lessons for little or no cost for as long as the child wishes to learn. This simple connection impacts the life of the child as well as that of the teacher. MusicLink teachers soon realize these lessons expand beyond performance skills,...
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My hardest lesson ever

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"Ah, music," he said,  wiping his eyes.  "A magic beyond all  we do here!" by  — J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone We music teachers teach with our hearts as well as our hands. Our students come away from their lessons with more than just instruction, and we welcome them gladly into our studios and our affection...
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