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Music and Early Childhood

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With educational budgets severely strained, there is a tendency to cutback on arts education. Music and Early Childhood makes a strong case for beginning music education at a very early age because of its importance as a precursor to language skills. As Howard Gardner, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University points out, human beings have seven categories of intelligence, and music is one of them. We hear from experts including John Fierabend, Associate Professor at the Hartt School of Music, Humphrey Tonkin, President of the University of Hartford, and Edwin Gordon, Professor of Music, Temple University who all confirm that the earlier a child is exposed to music and rhythm the more naturally these talents will develop. If unused, musical ability can atrophy. The film shows gro [...]
Online
1994
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Someone Sang for Me: A Portrait of Educator Jane Sapp

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Someone Sang for Me is a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Julie Akeret profiling the critically acclaimed African-American singer and music educator Jane Sapp. Since 1989 Sapp has been based in Springfield, Massachusetts, where her music workshops with "at risk" youth are changing lives and animating the community. Someone Sang for Me showcases Sapp's work and places her squarely at the center of the arts and social change movement. The film weaves footage of Springfield young people rehearsing, performing, and discussing their experiences with interviews with Sapp, the young artists, community activists, and scholars who explore the ways art can be used to foster social change. The film explores the ways that music education can give young people the tools they need t [...]
Online
2002
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Listening for Clues [electronic resource]: Marsalis on Form

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A series for young people of our time, it embraces classical music as well as jazz. After each performance, Marsalis illuminates the music in terms that everyone can understand, using language that is clear and simple, and infused with the colourful vernacular of jazz. Musical performances include The Nutcracker, Prokofiev's Classical symphony, Stars and Stripes forever, and more.
Online
1995
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Something Within Me: A Film

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Once a failing school in the poorest section of the Bronx, St. Augustine's School instituted an arts curriculum that helped their students to achieve higher academic scores.
DVD
1998; 1993
Clemons (Stacks)
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Rock School

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A look at Philadelphia's Paul Green School of Rock Music, headed by former rock star aspirant Paul Green. An intense instructor, Green's students progress from group lessons to a showcase of their talents at a tribute concert to Frank Zappa in Germany.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Lost and Sound [electronic resource]

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Lost and Sound explores the lives of three extraordinary people who are deaf or hearing impaired as they try against the odds to rediscover music. A music reviewer by trade, Nick is forced by the sudden onset of tinnitus and loss of his hearing in one ear to relearn how to listen to music. Meningitis destroyed young Holly's hearing at fourteen months, but hasn't stopped her from becoming an accomplished cellist and pianist. Twenty-year-old deaf dancer Emily has landed a place at a coveted European dance school.
Online
2012