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8 Helpful Tips to Buying New Home in 2021

Our family moved to the Gwinnett County area almost 9 years ago. The move was made because we wanted to move somewhere with more opportunities for our kids. We grew up in Gainesville and were just tired of the area so we found a great house in Buford. The area was nice, the schools were highly rated and people were flocking to this region. Mill Creek was looked at as one of the better schools in the Georgia and after visiting the schools we decided to move. My two oldest kids graduated from hi...
Tags: Family, Featured, Housing, Investments, Georgia, Usda, United States, Va, Jazz, Gainesville, Gwinnett County, FHA, Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, Mill Creek, New Home

Several Reasons Why You Need the Okaysou Air Purifier More Than Ever

With the Covid-19 pandemic hitting the one-year mark my family has remained confined in our home. Between me, my wife, 3 kids and a couple of dogs’ things can pile up pretty quickly. The living room and our bedroom is the spot where we spend the most time throughout the day. My two oldest kids, wife and I are all essential workers. We were looking for ways to clean the air and purify it. We checked out the Okaysou AirMic4S Medical Grade Air Purifier for Allergies and Pets, White, Air Purifiers...
Tags: Health, Family, Featured, Jazz, Air Purifier, Okaysou Air Purifier, Better Than the True HEPA Systems

Ten empowering books to read in celebration of Black History Month

Anna J. Cooper once said: “the cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class—it is the cause of human kind, the very birthright of humanity.”In observance of Black History Month, we are celebrating our prize-winning authors and empowering scholarship spanning a variety of topics across African American history, the civil rights movement, Black Lives Matter, the Harlem Renaissance, jazz, and more. Explore our reading list and update your bookshelf with the most recent ...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Africa, America, History, Biography, Louis Armstrong, Black History Month, Trump, Angela Davis, Nat King Cole, Editor's Picks, Stewart, Armstrong, Locke

Win Some Great Products from Meguiar’s Giveaway

2020 was most definitely a year we will never forget for as long as we are around. Fortunately, 2021 is here and we can make do with the new beginnings. With the New Year, we all can start brand new with a clean slate. Speaking of clean, we want to keep things around us looking nice at all times. Since we spend most of our times at home or in our vehicles, why not keep them clean? We have showed you in the past about how to create cleaner environment in your home. Recently, we had a chance to ...
Tags: Giveaways, Featured, Cars, Product Reviews, Jazz, Giveaway, Product Review, Meguiar, Car Cleaner, Quik Interior Detailer Wipes

Tips for adapting the elementary music curriculum to online teaching

Teachers of the performing arts are adapting their classes to go online. The problems and challenges range from ensuring enough physical space for movement around each student’s computer to overcoming audio and video syncing delays during the live feed. Some of the solutions include doing less movement during the class and turning off students’ video so there is less latency in the audio. But what about elementary music?Young students are inspired by seeing others move with them. The teacher can...
Tags: Books, Music, Usa, Featured, Education, Social Sciences, Salvador, Elizabeth Caldwell, Music Education, Arts & Humanities, Subtopics, Elementary Music Education, Lyda, Kim Milai, Elementary Music, Online Teaching

Grove Music’s 2021 spoof article contest is now open!

I think we can all agree that recent months of pandemic and political unrest have been difficult ones, and often entirely bereft of humor. I am therefore pleased to announce the revival of the Grove Music Online Spoof Article Contest 2021.Spoof articles have had a long history with Grove Music. Grove’s particular style and format have inspired all kinds of parodies. In previous iterations of the contest, we’ve received articles on instruments (“Musical Cheesegrater” submitted by Caroline Potter ...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Elise, Grove, Oxford University Press, Arts & Humanities, Online products, Caroline Potter, Grove Music Online, Anna Lise Santella, Sara Levine, Joanna Wyld, Grove Music, Subtopics, Daniel Melamed

Joseph Riepel and a very long hello

Joseph Riepel’s celebrated music theory treatise, Anfangsgründe zur musicalischen Setzkunst, unfolds in a lively and witty manner. Most of its chapters are framed in the guise of lessons, presented as dialogues between a teacher and student. The teacher is a bit of a goofball who peppers the lessons with numerous sarcastic asides, often at the expense of mathematically oriented music theorists whose approaches he finds too dry and inartistic. The student is no mere pushover, and on numerous occa...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Haydn, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Neubauer, Arts & Humanities, Music Theory, Subtopics, Galant, Wolfgang Mozart, Joseph Riepel, Riepel, Franz Christoph Neubauer, Riepel Neubauer

A Q&A with composer Becky McGlade

In this occasional series, we ask Oxford composers questions based around their musical likes and dislikes, influences, and challenges. We asked Becky McGlade to tell us a bit about preparing to begin writing a new pieces, how she spends her days, and which musical influences have inspired her.How do you prepare yourself to begin a new piece?Once I’ve chosen a text, I warm up my voice and sing a bit of an aria or something—usually by Bach!—which seems to help to get the creative juices flowing! ...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Oxford, Cornwall, South West Coast Path, Michael, Bach, Composers, Arts & Humanities, Women Composers, Becky McGlade, Mount Cornwall, Tim HillThe

Technology in the elementary music classroom after the pandemic

The pandemic will leave a lasting impression on music education for years to come. Even when the ending of the pandemic is finally in sight, music education will reel from the effects. When it comes to elementary music education, we thrived on incorporating ensemble performances using instruments from ukuleles to xylophones. We adored allowing our students to improvise using movements, chants, poetry, and instruments. We integrated cultural dances with social-emotional learning skills. When the ...
Tags: Books, Music, Technology, Featured, Education, Microsoft, Teaching Music, Social Sciences, LMS, Arts & Humanities, Nearpod, Subtopics, Teaching Music Online, MusicFirst Google, Matic Flipgrid, Peardeck

Online music-making with nearly no lag time—really!

Susan Alexander found a way to fill the “big, depressing hole in your life where playing music with other people used to be”—a hole caused by this year’s official restrictions on in-person gatherings to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That hole grew smaller when this avocational Maryland pianist discovered JamKazam, one of several free music-making software programs that nearly eliminate the annoying lag time in sound transmission that occurs when musicians try to make music together on ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Books, Music, New York, Featured, Maryland, Colorado, Virginia, Canada, Dallas, Seattle, Skype, Griffin, Stanford University, Austin Texas

5 Great Cleaning Tips for Christmas and New Years

I received product to review and was compensated for my honest review. My opinions are 100% mine.  First off, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, you may or may not invite family and friends over. Either way, we still want our home to be clean. In our household, we usually take time to have everything spotless because we know we’ll make a mess again. With all the wrapping papers being torn apart and boxes being tossed around, things get messy quic...
Tags: Cleaning, Featured, Christmas, Product Reviews, Jazz, New Years, Scott, Cleaning Tips, Around The House, Scott's Liquid Gold

Daddy’s Hangout 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

As a parent, we do everything possible to get our kids almost anything they want for Christmas. We spend our hard earned money on things for our kids because a lot of us didn’t have them. Honestly, seeing the smiles and happiness on our kids is what drives us to do what we do. While spoiling our kids, we tend to go without things that we wouldn’t mind having. With that said, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of things we wouldn’t love to have. The year 2020 was one definitely for the boo...
Tags: Books, Technology, Featured, Microsoft, Obama, Barack Obama, Atlanta, Gifts, Gigi, Michael Jordan, Jazz, Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Apple Store, Florida State, Volt

Is It a Great Time to Buy First House or Refinancing Your Mortgage?

One of the biggest accomplishments we have as adults is obtaining home ownership. As parents, we work hard to provide the best for our kids and that includes a roof over their heads. With the ongoing Covid pandemic, some people are hesitant about obtaining a mortgage. Mortgage rates are at an all-time low, so this is the perfect time to jump in the market. For me, this could be the perfect time to think about refinancing my home. According to Fannie Mae, the market is expected to have a strong...
Tags: Money Matters, Featured, Money, Housing, Investments, Bloomberg, Jazz, Fannie Mae, Buying First Home, Refinancing Home

Nineteenth-century US hymnody’s fascination with classical music

The aria Zerlina sings to Masetto, her fiancée, late in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni is a study in sexual innuendo.Masetto’s just received a brutal beating from the Don (whose lascivious designs on Zerlina were only narrowly averted). But if Masetto will come home with her now, Zerlina coaxes, she’s ready to administer her own pleasant balm. It’s a natural cure, she says, that she carries with her everywhere. One no chemist can make. Just as erotic undercurrents threaten to surface (“Do you want ...
Tags: Books, Music, New York, Featured, Religion, US, Broadway, Beethoven, John, John Williams, Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Don, Don Giovanni, Arts & Humanities, Hymns

THE PIANO GUYS Kick Off the Holiday Season with a New Video: “What Child Is This.”

THE PIANO GUYS  Kick Off the Holiday Season on Good Morning America’s GMA3 -12/22!   NEW DOUBLE ALBUM 10 Available Everywhere NOW!   Gearing up for the holidays, THE PIANO GUYS today  are sharing the music video for their fan-favorite rendition of the Christmas classic “What Child Is This.” Embracing the spirit of the season, […] The post THE PIANO GUYS Kick Off the Holiday Season with a New Video: "What Child Is This." first appeared on
Tags: Videos, Music, Featured, Celebrity, Adventure, Lifestyle, Holiday, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Marketing Strategy, Art and design, Viral, Innovation, Men

10 little-known facts about Sissle and Blake’s Shuffle Along

In May 1921, Shuffle Along, a musical with music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, premiered on Broadway. Written, staged, and performed entirely by African Americans, it was the first show to make African-American dance an integral part of American musical theater, eventually becoming one of the top ten musical shows of the 1920s. Despite many obstacles Shuffle Along integrated into Broadway and introduced such stars as Josephine Baker, Lottie Gee, Florence Mills, and Fredi Washington...
Tags: Books, Music, New York, Featured, Paris, Broadway, Johnson, Weir, Baker, Harlem, Miller, Broadway Musicals, Blake, Matthews, William Grant, Cotton Club

Five overlooked Beethoven gems

Beethoven wrote an enormous quantity of music: nine symphonies, some fifty sonatas, seven concertos, sixteen string quartets, more than a hundred songs… the list goes on and on. It is almost inevitable that certain of these works have been relatively neglected by performers and the listening public alike. Here are a few overlooked gems. 1. Finale of Der glorreiche Augenblick (“The Glorious Moment”), op. 136 This cantata, written to celebrate the heads of Europe who had gathered for the Congress ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, Featured, Vienna, Beethoven, Daniel Barenboim, Ludwig van Beethoven, Chopin, Joyce DiDonato, Arts & Humanities, David Zobel, Maurizio Pollini, Hilary Davan Wetton, Augenblick, Congress of Vienna

Several Places to Shop for Black Friday Deals

First off, I’m hoping everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving whether you stayed or got together with family. We stayed home, cooked, and watched football along with a couple of movies. We all know that Black Friday is upon us all and we all want some great deals. With my two oldest kids being grown and the youngest is a sophomore in high school, it made us reminiscence. Black Friday used to be a time where we head out late at night or first thing in the morning looking for deals. Nowadays, you ca...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Black Friday, Featured, Shopping, Microsoft, Nike, Walmart, Best Buy, Pandora, Jazz, Rakuten, Target, Amazon Amazon, Eddie Bauer, Microsoft Microsoft

Don’t Miss the Festival of Arts First Ever Virtual Gala! “Simply ARTrageous: Live the Legacy! 12/5/20

This First-Ever Virtual Gala for  Laguna Beach’s Festival of the Arts promises to be pretty amazing. This is the first-ever event of this type and it’s a fundraiser for the Pageant of the Masters as well as the Festival of Arts. These two events ae absolutely mesmerizing. The great concert element of this Gala will […] The post Don't Miss the Festival of Arts First Ever Virtual Gala! "Simply ARTrageous: Live the Legacy! 12/5/20 first appeared on
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Try Roadie When Sending Game Day Items to Friends or Family

Back in March when everything shut down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we didn’t know what the future held. During that time, we had all sports cancelled. Truth be told, we never knew how much we missed sports until it was taken away. Eventually, they all came back with the NBA, NHL and MLS playing in a bubble. College football and NFL are in the midst of their season with some players here and there testing positive for Covid-19. Despite all of that, I’m just happy to have football back ...
Tags: Deals, Technology, Featured, Shopping, NFL, Georgia, Product Reviews, Jazz, Roadie, Product Review, Eagles, North Georgia, Eric, Panthers, Falcons, NBA NHL

Playing the opposite of what Brahms wrote

What might we learn from an oddity concerning the first movement of Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, op. 78, that has led many violin-piano duos either to ignore Brahms’s tempo markings or actually play the opposite of what he wrote?Brahms’s score is explicit. The basic tempo is Vivace ma non troppo (lively, but not overly so). Near the middle of this mostly lyrical movement, when the movement’s most agitated music begins, Brahms wrote più sostenuto (more sustained). Then, leading into the ope...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Beethoven, Clara, Robert, Valentino, FELIX, Brahms, Chopin, Arts & Humanities, Clara Schumann, Subtopics, Szigeti, Joseph Szigeti, Hubay

A conversation on music and autism (part two)

In the first part of Music and Autism: Speaking for Ourselves author Michael Bakan’s interview with his Chapter 7 musician co-author Graeme Gibson (who is on the spectrum) and Graeme’s parents, the renowned science fiction novelist William (Bill) Gibson and autism researcher Dr Deborah Gibson, things left off with Bill telling Michael about how being Graeme’s dad had influenced his creation of “unnervingly human” AI (Artificial Intelligence) characters in his novels. Next in the conversation, Mi...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Music, England, Bruce Springsteen, London, Featured, Autism, David Bowie, Literature, Nashville, Nebraska, Bill, Michael, Steely Dan, Deb

“Tips to Prepare your Business for Black Friday and Cyber Monday” by Naomi Shaw!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the most massive shopping days of the year, and both dates are considered hallmarks of the holiday season. Black Friday has been a cultural fixture for years, but Cyber Monday is a relatively new invention aimed at online sales. In recent years, Black Friday has taken on […] The post "Tips to Prepare your Business for Black Friday and Cyber Monday" by Naomi Shaw! first appeared on
Tags: Holiday Shopping, Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Music, Featured, Shopping, Women, Lifestyle, Holiday, Events, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Small Businesses, Going Green

A conversation on music and autism (part one)

Earlier this year, Music and Autism: Speaking for Ourselves author Michael B. Bakan sat down for a Zoom conversation with his Chapter 7 co-author, the Vancouver-based multi-instrumentalist and music instrument collector Graeme Gibson, and with Graeme’s parents, autism researcher Dr. Deborah Gibson and bestselling science fiction author William (Bill) Gibson. Their four-way conversation covered a range of topics, from how raising a child on the spectrum shaped Bill’s writing of iconic novels like...
Tags: Books, Music, London, Featured, Autism, Literature, Vancouver, Bill, Santa, Mom, Michael, Casio, Deborah, Graeme, Science & Medicine, Arts & Humanities

Reimagining our music classes for Zoom

Let’s start our Zoom session with a warm up for your musical imagination: Hear a single note in your mind, played on a violin without vibratoNow hear the violinist add vibratoThe note begins to crescendoNow it is fortissimoNow hear the note played sfzpp and held with a fermataThe note slides upward in a glissando and fades away into silenceAll of us who are devoted to music education are facing new challenges due to the pandemic, and while we are lucky and grateful to have extraordinary technolo...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, US, Social Sciences, Juilliard, Arts & Humanities, Subtopics, Musical Composition, Viola Spolin, Gabriel BenoisThe

Countering college student stress: a Q&A

There has been growing interest in college student mental health, particularly regarding stress and anxiety levels. This seems particularly heightened due to circumstances associated with the pandemic and the societal re-awakening stimulated by the Black Lives Matter movement. Given the long-understood connection between music and stress, we asked three music therapy scholars to discuss reasons for underlying rising student stress levels and share musical methods for promoting college student me...
Tags: Spotify, Books, Music, Featured, Stress, Mental Health, Black Lives Matter, Health & Medicine, KSM, Kimberly Sena Moore, Universities And Colleges, students?Carolyn Moore, Lindsey Wilhelm

7 Reasons Why You Should Invest in the 02Ring Continuous Ring Oximeter

With this current coronavirus pandemic, we all are kind of living in fear and trying to stay healthy as possible. The ones with the pre-existing conditions are the people we worry about the most. With this Covid-19 outbreak, a lot of people didn’t know of those conditions until they visited their doctor. There are so many ways to keep track of your health with this unique technology we have nowadays. One of those is the 02Ring Oxygen Monitor. The 02Ring Continuous Ring Oximeter is great for an...
Tags: Health, Featured, Jazz, Heart Rate, CSV, Oxygen Monitor

The essential role of music therapy in medical assistance in dying

In Western society, we spend a lot of time celebrating and welcoming new life, but very few cultures celebrate when a person dies. While death is not as taboo as 50 years ago, death is still a topic that many individuals are not comfortable speaking about in conversations. Even more off-limits, people are less likely to talk about physician-assisted suicide in their social circles. There are many reasons to this phenomenon such as religious beliefs, personal beliefs, and advocacy for life. In fa...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Canada, North America, Health & Medicine, Music Therapy, Maid, Medical Assistance In Dying, Noushon Farmanara, Europe South America Australia, Canadian Association of Music

7 Reasons Why You the Honeywell Smart Dehumidifier in Your Home

Technology is a beautiful thing seeing we can turn our house into a smart home. Everything you buy nowadays can be controlled by an app or even your voice. Your fridge, TV, thermostat, lights, garage, and much more can be controlled by your phone. While looking for a dehumidifier, we saw that many of them use smart technology also. We needed one seeing how humid it can get down here in Georgia. The Honeywell Smart Dehumidifier was the one we wanted, and it was the smart choice. The Honeywell S...
Tags: Family, Technology, Featured, Home Improvement, Georgia, Product Reviews, Jazz, Product Review, Dehumidifier, Honeywell Smart Dehumidifier

The politics of punk in the era of Trump

Trump is Punk! It’s a hashtag. It’s a slogan on t-shirts and trucker hats. It’s a click-bait headline.Milo Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart editor, may have started this buzz with his speech (delivered in drag) at Louisiana State University on 22 September 2016, in which he claimed that “being a Donald Trump supporter is the new punk” because it would “piss off your teachers, piss off your parents, piss off your friends.” Then in October, The Atlantic published “Donald Trump, Sex Pistol: The Pun...
Tags: Books, New York Post, Music, London, Featured, Law, Vladimir Putin, Dicks, Berlin Wall, Berlin, US, America, Reagan, Atlantic, Gop, United States

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