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Education and Advocacy

Positive Impacts of Music on 5 Stages of Life

At Inside the Orchestra, we know that having young children hear, appreciate, and participate in classical music-making is extremely beneficial to their development and well-being. From before a child is old enough to attend a Tiny Tots program through adolescence, adulthood, and in the last years of our lives, music is a positive force that …

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Tiny Tots Winter 2018 Sneak Peek and Exploration Activities

We’re getting soooo close to the start of Winter Tiny Tots. Are you as excited as we are?! We thought it would be fun to share some of the winter repertoire along with some suggestions for engaging kiddos with the music. Here’s a sneak peek of 5 pieces you’ll hear at Tiny Tots in February and March …

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5 Unusual “Instruments” Used in Orchestra Music

Check out the pieces below written by some very creative conductors and the weird “instruments” they chose to include. If you’d like to hear a playlist of music featuring unique instruments, we have two of them! Here and here. Find a full list of audio playlists, organized by mood and activity, here. Check out the …

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Why Would a Busy Young Professional Volunteer on a Nonprofit Board?

If you follow business journalism of any kind, you will find that many articles today talk about Millennials in the workplace. The focus is usually on how this latest generation envisions their careers and their place in the world. Predominantly, these young professionals value a sense of purpose over wealth alone and they seek a …

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Today’s Youth: How Music Can Have a Lasting Impact

Some of my strongest and fondest memories of raising my daughters so far (now 2 and 4) are of making and listening to music together.  Intuitively, I knew music made us all happy and was a wonderful bonding experience. Recently, however, I have become more and more aware of studies showing just how beneficial it …

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5 Trailblazing Female Composers Your Children Should Know About

When asked to name famous composers, most people list off the big names—Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Debussy, Copland, etc. What do these most commonly played, heard, and talked about composers have in common? Aside from being successful composers whose beautiful music has been heard and enjoyed by millions of people around the …

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6 Ways to Tell if Your Child is Ready for Music Lessons

At what age can my child start learning an instrument?” Unfortunately, there is no single answer to this question. Every child is unique, and while one child may be ready at just a few years old, another might need to wait until after kindergarten. The best way to tell if your child is ready to …

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5 Reasons the Arts so Important for Children

The Arts Bridge Gaps in Education Children who participate in the arts from a young age consistently perform better and achieve more both during their years of arts participation as well as decades later than their non-arts participating peers. Numerous studies have outlined clear, measurable benefits for children in high-need communities. A National Endowment for …

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