June 20, 2016


Steve Shin, Teacher, left, instructs a group of students singing during a music class at Stevenson Middle School in East Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Christine Armario) Miles from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the red carpet, Steve Shin belts out … Continue reading

October 28, 2014

The Benefits of Music Education, By Laura Lewis Brown

Whether your child is the next Beyonce or more likely to sing her solos in the shower, she is bound to benefit from some form of music education. Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways … Continue reading

July 14, 2014

The Hierarchy of Dreams

By Dana C. Lamb Last week, I had the opportunity to accompany my daughter to a Music Theater International music theater workshop on Broadway. We were thrilled that she was accepted after her audition and it truly was a week … Continue reading

July 3, 2014

Diving Off the Cliff’s Notes

By Dana C. Lamb I have recently begun listening to radio as part of my morning routine. Since my daily commute is only four minutes door-to-door, I really don’t have the need for drive-time radio like I did when I … Continue reading

May 13, 2014

Facing the Gaokao

By Dana C. Lamb Magazines haven’t changed much in the twenty years I’ve been buying magazines to read on flights (which, by the way, is the only time I buy magazines). The covers are still variations on the same themes … Continue reading

May 4, 2014

Success Is Not An Accident

By Dana C. Lamb This week was the epitome of reward and exhaustion. It was “the week” in the school year – testing week. And, right after that, my production of Little Mermaid Jr. with its massive cast opened and … Continue reading

April 13, 2014

The Hemorrhage

By Dana C. Lamb   Recently, a dear friend had surgery.  While some would think that it was a simple total knee replacement surgery, I can assure you that this was not a run-of-the-mill garden variety surgery.  His incision was … Continue reading

February 23, 2014

We Said Hello, Goodbye

By Dana C. Lamb Just one of the first few seconds of any song from Phil Collins’ “No Jacket Required” album, and I’m back in my bedroom in 1985.  I would sit on the olive green carpet and listen to … Continue reading

February 13, 2014

Why Music Makes Us Feel Good

by Susan Hirtz Susan Hirtz is an educator, consultant and researcher who answers the question, “Why does music make us feel good?” A young woman asked me why she feels so good when she plays her instrument, something she is particularly good … Continue reading

January 30, 2014

A Matter of Trust

By Dana C. Lamb   If you haven’t noticed, people are getting serious about celebrating two things: football and love.  This week’s blog is going begin by tackling the second of the two.  The end-of-year holiday decorations were barely back … Continue reading



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