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    Listen to Renowned LA Music Teacher, Rafe Esquith

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    This week, Terrence McNally interviewed a multi-award winning 29-year LA 5th grade Music teacher, Rafe Esquith.  This is a wonderful interview where we get to hear about Esquith’s views on teaching and how he has impacted the lives of so many LA kids in his years at Hobart Elementary.  He started a theatre troupe called the Hobart Shakespeareans, takes his students on yearly field trips, and finances it all through a variety of donors including Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellen. He has authored 4 books, his latest being Real Talk for Real Teachers, Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: “No Retreat, No Surrender!” Rafe has an enlightened view on how to reach kids, born out of his lifetime of teaching experiences, that gives parents and teachers alike a vision of how educational experience should be.  In this interview he shares his journey, what it has taught him, and what that means for all of us.

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    Watch Carly Rose Sonenclar – 14 year-old pianist/vocalist

    Carly Rose Sonenclar, age 14, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. In December 2012, she became the runner-up on the second season of the U.S.version of the The X Factor.

    Carly started singing at the age of two. Carly made her Broadway debut at the age of seven in Les Miserables as Young Cosette (singing “Castle on a Cloud”).  She made her television debut as Gilda Flip in Season three of The Electric Company.  Screen credits include Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and The Nanny Diaries.

    Carly is in the eighth grade in Westchester, NY.

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    Watch Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 3, ‘Water Night’

    This is an amazing video featuring a virtual choir made of prerecorded homemade videos from 3,746 people in 73 countries of the same song.  It’s a 3,746-person choir in this 3rd installment by Eric Whitacre (the 4th video features over 8,000).  Composer Eric Whitacre’s idea for a Virtual Choir featuring voices from all over the world began when a fan recorded herself singing one of his songs and shared it on YouTube. (more…)

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    Watch a Video of Kurt Elling – The Best Jazz Vocalist

    Kurt Elling is my (Charissa’s) favorite jazz vocalist of all time (sorry Ella).  I first saw him live 7 years ago at the Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago, where he got his start.  He performed in LA in 2012 and gave one of the best performances I’ve ever seen, with a small 3-piece ensemble of high-end musicians who were so tight and advanced that it felt like a whole new level of music.

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    6-year-old Tsung Tsung performs “Flight of the Bumblebee” as well as any concert pianist

    While some 6-year-olds struggle to learn how to use their fingers to pull the zipper up on their coats or blow their noses, a 6-year-old boy from Hong Kong somehow develops the finger dexterity of a concert pianist.  His level of playing matches the ability of a piano students after 15 years of dedicated study, or more.   After coming out with his debut home-made video showcasing his skills, this 6-year-old Internet sensation named Tsung Tsung shut down the conspiracy theorists of YouTube with a live performance of the fast-paced Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov composition, “Flight Of The Bumblebee” on Ellen.

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    Child Prodigy: Pianist/Composer at 6 years-old!

    This video is a beautiful story of a 6-year-old pianist, Emily Bear, told by WGN.  A child playing as well as an adult level, who even composes her own music.   She performed at the White House in 2008.  When asked where her inspiration for the music she writes comes from she says “I don’t know…my heart.”  So adorable!  It does seem hard to imagine a child of that age being able to compose music in any other than an organic way.  They would have had so little time to absorb styles of music from our environment, you’d  have to assume that their choices would come from deep inside them – a pure form of human expression.  In that way, it’s a nice validation that music is a party of our humanity, not just our culture.

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