PEACE THROUGH MUSIC
MUSIC CAN BE AN AMAZING BRIDGE BETWEEN PEOPLE,
TRANSCENDING ALL MANNERS OF PREJUDICES. WHEN MUSIC
POURS FREELY FROM THE HEART, PEOPLE ARE UNITED IN ITS FLOW.
IT IS A VEHICLE WITH GREAT POTENTIAL, AND IT SHOULD
BE USED IN A POSITIVE AND RESPONSIBLE MANNER.

BADI ASSAD

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A VERY SWEET BRAZILIAN BEAUTY WITH A WONDERFUL AND VERSATILE VOICE, BADI IS AN INCREDIBLE CLASSICAL GUITARIST.  SHE ALSO DANCES, PLAYS PERCUSSION, AND HAS A WHOLE RANGE OF UNIQUE, PERCUSSIVE VOCAL SOUNDS ALL HER OWN.  AND SHE DOES IT ALL VERY WELL.  JUST GIVE HER SOMETHING THAT MAKES A SOUND, AND SHE’LL PLAY IT.  AMONG THE MANY HONORS THAT SHE’S HAD BESTOWED UPON HER WAS BEING NAMED AS ONE OF ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE’S TOP 15 ARTISTS OF THE DECADE.  ONE OF HER ONGOING PROJECTS IS A TRIO COLLABORATION WITH JAZZ LEGENDS JOHN ABERCROMBIE AND LARRY CORYELL.  A LIST OF THE BRAZILIAN MUSICIANS WITH WHOM SHE’S WORKED WOULD BE LIKE A PAGE OUT OF THE WHO’S WHO OF MUSIC.  IT IS ABSOLUTELY NO STRETCH TO SAY THAT BADI IS ONE OF THE MOST GIFTED AND VERSATILE MUSICAL ARTISTS ALIVE TODAY.  AND, I’M PLEASED TO SAY, IT’S ALSO NO STRETCH TO SAY THAT SHE’S ALSO ONE OF THE SWEETEST LADIES AROUND.

IF YOU AREN’T FAMILIAR WITH BADI’S MUSIC, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DISCOVER IT.  HER CDS COVER QUITE A RANGE OF MUSICAL FLAVORS, SO IF YOU’VE HEARD ONE OR TWO, DON’T THINK YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL.  AND SHOULD YOU EVER HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HER PERFORM LIVE…  GO!!!  SHE SPENDS MOST OF HER TIME TOURING IN BRASIL AND EUROPE, BUT SHE ALSO DOES CONCERTS IN THE US.

 

GUITARS IN THE CLASSROOM

guitarsintheclassroom.org

THIS ORGANIZATION EQUIPS, TRAINS AND INSPIRES TEACHERS TO ENHANCE THE LEARNING PROCESS, FROM PRESCHOOL THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE, BY INFUSING ACADEMICS WITH MUSIC, .  NOT ONLY WILL THIS HELP FOSTER AN APPRECIATION FOR MUSIC, BUT THINK OF THE THINGS IN LIFE THAT YOU REMEMBER BECAUSE THEY CAME TO YOU IN MUSICAL FORM, WHETHER A RHYME, A SONG, OR EVEN A COMMERCIAL THAT YOU JUST COULDN’T GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD.

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR PEACE FOUNDATION

worldmeditationensemble.com

 FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN, THEIR CHILDREN AND THE GENERATIONS TO FOLLOW, THIS SITE SHARES PEACE-BUILDING STORIES, SONGS AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS.

 

MORE RESOURCES RELATED TO MUSIC EDUCATION

THANKS TO LILLIAN PHILLIPS AND HER ASPIRING MUSICIAN STUDENTS FOR THE SUGGESTION OF ADDING THESE LINKS.
THIS IS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN SEEKING MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS.
MUSIC EDUCATION & HISTORY RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
THIS SITE HAS WIDE RANGE OF USSEFUL LINKS, A MIXTURE OF FREEBIES AND RESOURCES FOR PURCHASE.
THIS PAGE HAS INFO AND LINKS RELATING TO COPYWRITE AND PUBLISHING LAW, AND ALSO SOME BUSINESS LAW.

 

POSITIVE MUSIC ASSOCIATION

positivemusicassociation.com

THE POSITIVE MUSIC ASSOCIATION IS A LARGE COLLECTION OF ARTISTS WHO ARE CREATING POSITIVE MUSIC.  ITEXISTS TO PROMOTE AND ADVANCE POSITIVE MUSIC, AND ITS OVERALL PURPOSE IS TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD THROUGH MUSIC.  IT ALSO PROVIDES RESOURCES AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP MEMBERS TO GROW AND MARKET THEIR MUSIC. 

THE PMA’S SITE INCLUDES A LIST OF ITS MEMBERS AND LINKS TO THEIR WEBSITES, MEMBER SPOTLIGHT, MUSIC RESOURCES, LINKS TO OTHER POSITIVE MEDIA, AND POSITIVE MUSIC EVENTS.  ALONG WITH THIS INFORMATION, SOME OF THE ARTIST’S PIECES ARE PRESENTED FOR ALL TO HEAR. 

 

LITTLE KIDS ROCK

littlekidsrock.org

LITTLE KIDS ROCK IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT TRAINS PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS AND PROVIDES INSTRUMENTS SO THAT THE TEACHERS CAN START MUSIC PROGRAMS IN THEIR SCHOOLS.  IT WAS CREATED BY A TEACHER WHO BEGAN BY STARTING AN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM WITH 12 GUITARS THAT HE BORROWED FROM SOME OF HIS MUSICIAN FRIENDS THAT OWED HIM FAVORS.  IT’S A SAD SOCIAL COMMENTARY THAT THIS ORGANIZATION HAS A NEED TO EXIST, AND A BLESSING THAT IT DOES.

 

 

H.E.A.R.

hearnet.com

HOW IMPORTANT TO THE ENJOYMENT OF MUSIC IS ONE’S HEARING ?  YET IN THE PROCESS OF LISTENING TO MUSIC, MANY PLAYERS AND LISTENERS DESTROY THIS GIFT.  IF YOU ENJOY THE SOUND OF MUSIC, AND WANT TO CONTINUE TO DO SO… AND IF YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT OTHERS SAY TO YOU… THEN YOU MUST PROTECT YOUR HEARING!  IF YOU SUBJECT YOUR EARS TO EXCESSIVE VOLUME, YOU WILL DESTROY IMPORTANT PARTS OF YOUR HEARING RANGE.  IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

H.E.A.R. (HEARING EDUCATION AND AWARENESS FOR ROCKERS) IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO INCREASING AWARENESS OF THE DANGERS OF REPEATED EXPOSURE TO EXCESSIVE NOISE LEVELS.  TOO MUCH EXPOSURE CAN LEAD TO PERMANENT (AND SOMETIMES EVEN DEBILITATING) HEARING LOSS AND TINNITUS.  ALSO, H.E.A.R. OFFERS ACCESS TO A RANGE OF PERSONAL HEARING PROTECTION, INCLUDING ATTENUATED FILTERS, WHICH ARE ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR PLAYING MUSIC, BUT CAN BE HARD TO FIND.  THE ATTENUATED FILTERS ALLOW A FLATTER RESPONSE THAN REGULAR PLUGS, SO THEY GIVE YOU THE PROTECTION YOU NEED, BUT WITHOUT JUST ERADICATING ALL OF THE HIGHS.  THEY’RE ONE ITEM THAT I THINK ALL MUSIC STORES SHOULD CARRY, BUT VERY FEW DO.  H.E.A.R. HAS A VARIETY OF FILTERS AVAILABLE, INCLUDING FOAM PLUGS, UNIVERSAL-FIT ATTENUATED FILTERS AND CUSTOM MOLDED ATTENUATED FILTERS.  THESE FINE FOLKS ALSO HAVE LITERATURE AND OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HELP IN SHARING AWARENESS WITH OTHERS.

NATURALLY, HAVING GOOD FILTERS IS PREFERABLE, BUT STUFFING PIECES OF TOILET PAPER OR NAPKIN INTO YOUR EARS CAN HELP IF THAT’S ALL YOU HAVE AVAILABLE.  AND REMEMBER, ONCE THE HEARING IS GONE, THAT’S IT… NO REPAIRS OR REPLACEMENT PARTS ARE AVAILABLE.

 

PATRICK MORAZ

patrickmoraz.com

PATRICK IS ONE OF THE FINEST KEYBOARD PLAYERS ON THE PLANET, AND ONE OF THE TRUE MUSICAL GENIUSES OF OUR TIME.  AMONG HIS TALENTS, HE CAN CREATE AND RETAIN A FULL SYMPHONIC SCORE ALMOST ENTIRELY IN HIS HEAD.  VERSATILE AND CREATIVE, HE IS EQUALLY COMFORTABLE AND MASTERFUL ON A GRAND PIANO AND / OR ELECTRONICS.  THOUGH IT IS MERELY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG, PATRICK IS MOST WIDELY KNOWN FOR HIS WORK WITH YES AND THE MOODY BLUES.

IN HIS CONCERTS, PATRICK HAS A WAY OF DRAWING THE CROWD IN AND MAKING THEM AN ACTIVE PART OF A SPONTANEOUS, CREATIVE PROCESS.  IF YOU EVER HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND ONE OF HIS CONCERTS, DO YOURSELF THE FAVOR.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT PATRICK’S BIO AND EXTENSIVE DISCOGRAPHY — CAN YOU SAY “PROLIFIC”?  AND YES, THAT CUTE LITTLE GUY PLAYING DRUMS AND PIANO AT THE TOP OF THE BIO PAGE IS PATRICK AS A CHILD.

 

BODARC BESTVINA

bodarc.bandcamp.com/album/creative-conduits

YOU’LL FIND SOME REALLY NICE MUSIC HERE, PROMOTING COMPASSION AND HARMONY THROUGH MUSIC AND EDUCATION.  IT’S TASTY AND BEAUTIFUL, AND IT FLOWS DYNAMICALLY, WITH THE ABILITY TO FLOAT ONE AWAY WITH IT.

 

THE VAN MYERS

thevanmeyers.com

THIS IS A TRIO OF VERY GOOD PLAYERS, WITH  ROOTS IN JAZZ.  THEY’RE VERY MUCH INTO CREATING AND EXPLORING NEW MUSIC, NOT FAITHFULLY REGURGITATING OLD STANDARDS.

 

SAM JOHNSTON IV

www.samjohnston.com

JAMMIN’ SAMMIN’ PLAYS GUITAR AND BASS, AND IS A FOURTH GENERATION PHOTOGRAPHER WHO STUDIED UNDER ANSEL ADAMS.  IN RECENT YEARS, HE’S EXPANDED HIS SCOPE OF EXPERTISE TO INCLUDE WEB SITE CONSTRUCTION SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION.  HE HAS SOME SORT OF MOJO WORKIN’ THAT LANDS SITES ON THE FIRST PAGE OF GOOGLE.  I APPRECIATE HIS PATIENCE WITH ME IN THE ONGOING PROCESS OF BUILDING THE MUSICALPEACE SITE TOGETHER, AND FOR HIS SINCERE DESIRE TO SEE IT DO WELL AND HELP “INCREASE THE PEACE”.

 

MOTHER RHYTHM DRUMS

motherrhythm.com

THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO FIND HAND DRUMS, PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS, DIDGERIDOOS, FLUTES, DIFFERENT TYPES OF DRUM BAGS, AND OTHER GOOD THINGS.  I HAVE ONE OF THE DJEMBES, AND IT’S FINISHED MUCH BETTER THAN MOST OF THE DJEMBES THAT I’VE SEEN.  ONE OF THE MAJOR ASSETS OF THESE DRUMS IS THAT THEY HAVE ACCURATE BEARING SURFACES FOR THE HEADS, RESULTING IN GREATER RESONANCE AND TONE.  GREGG, WHO BRINGS THESE GOODIES TO YOU, IS A DRUMMER WITH A BACKGROUND IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, AND HE PUTS HIS ACTIONS WHERE HIS IDEALS ARE… THE TREES USED TO MAKD HIS DRUMS ARE PLANTATION-GROWN.  THIS MEANS THAT SUSTAINABILITY, NOT DEFORESTATION, IS SUPPORTED IN THE MAKING OF THESE DRUMS.

 

ADAM NITTI

adamnitti.com

A FINE PERSON AND BASSIST, ADAM IS A MULTI-FACETED ASSET TO THE MUSIC WORLD.  NOT ONLY IS HE A BAND PLAYER, BUT ALSO AN EDUCATOR, A TOURING CLINICIAN, A FIRST-CALL SESSION PLAYER, A VOCALIST, A KEYBOARD PLAYER, CHIEF LEARNING OFFICER OF MUSICDOJO.COM, AND MORE.  ADAM’S WEBSITE OFFERS FREE LESSONS, INCLUDING SOME THAT HE WROTE FOR BASS PLAYER MAGAZINE, BASSLESSONS.COM, ETC. 

 

WORLD MEDITATION ENSEMBLE

worldmeditationensemble.org

THE WORLD MEDITATION ENSEMBLE WAS GIVEN LIFE THROUGH A TIBETAN BUDDHIST LAMA IN 1999.  THEY PLAY SACRED AND MEDITATIVE MUSIC FROM VARIOUS CULTURES (WITH SOME FUN THROWN IN) ON A BROAD RANGE OF INSTRUMENTS.  WITH RESPECT FOR THE UNIVERSAL SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, THEY WEAVE A BRIDGE OF SOUND TO PROVIDE A PATH FOR UNIFYING WITHOUT REGARD FOR DIFFERENCES.  THEIR MUSIC RANGES FROM THE ETHEREAL TO THE PULSATION OF INFECTIOUS RHYTHMIC FLOWS.  ALSO, THE WME’S WEBSITE OFFERS SOME VERY WELL PRESENTED INSIGHT INTO VARIOUS ASPECTS OF MEDITATION.

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  • Doug Werner says:

    Sean

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