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September 29, 2008 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
After almost a decade of harmony, the market for Ida Larsen's song kits has hit a sour note. The music teacher turned entrepreneur expects to sell at least $200,000 this year of the colorful posters and music CDs that use "Farmer in the Dell," "Yankee Doodle" and other classic children's songs to teach language, reading and vocabulary. But her company, Singlish Enterprises Inc., has done much better.
March 6, 1988 | JAN HERMAN
Tamir Hendelman has the experts spinning. Joel Kabakov, a Harvard-educated composer who has coached him in keyboard harmony, says he's "a young Chick Corea." Phillip Keveren, a jazz teacher and studio musician who has played his compositions, calls him "an early Miles Davis." Both agree that Hendelman, 16, has the sort of musical talent that sets him apart from the run-of-the-mill prodigies that seem to proliferate with every passing piano competition.
October 8, 1998
Helping to bolster music programs in Los Angeles schools, a music education campaign donated $150,000 worth of instruments to seven elementary schools. Executives from the "VH1 Save the Music" program presented an average of 30 instruments, including cellos, flutes and trumpets, to each of the seven schools, said Bob Morrison, spokesman for VH1.
March 1, 1996
Re Interview, Judith Balfe, Opinion, Feb. 25: My ticket to the magic and creative world of music started in 1958 with a 10-cent school bus ride from Bell Gardens Elementary to the L.A. Philharmonic. With the downbeat of the conductor's baton, a whole new world became alive before my eyes and filled my ears with a love and appreciation of music that grows to this day. It's not too late to inspire and educate through music. A string or wind ensemble can travel to the elementary schools where children await with open minds and ears.
Shakespeare wrote about the "sweet power of music." Now scientists are finding that the bard was more correct than he could have possibly known. A team of UC Irvine researchers Friday released results of a pilot study they said strongly indicates that music education stimulates the brains of preschool children to enhance learning. "There are growing indications that music serves as nurturing stimulation to exercise the intellect," said Norman Weinberger, a psychobiologist at UCI.
How can the issue of arts education programs be made as compelling as, say, global human rights? Put Stevie Wonder in charge of it. Who else could turn the phrase "music education in the schools" into a funky call-and-response chant? That's what Wonder did--twice--in appearances during the taping of the fourth annual VH1 Honors concert Thursday at the Universal Amphitheatre, an annual benefit dedicated this year to music education.
March 7, 2013 | By David Ng
Gustavo Dudamel will fly to Caracas, Venezuela for the funeral Friday  of President Hugo Chavez, and the L.A. Philharmonic music director might lead a concert tied to the Chavez events. The Venezuelan-born conductor is expected to head to Caracas directly after the Thursday evening performance of  "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Grant Gershon, the artistic director of the L.A. Master Chorale, will conduct the Friday evening performance of the piece.
August 26, 1994 | NANCY KAPITANOFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Nancy Kapitanoff writes regularly for The Times.
It is a commonly held notion in our society that learning to play a musical instrument during childhood will enrich a person's life forever. Consequently, many parents feel obligated to see that their children take music lessons. Some grown-ups maintain that the best way to interest kids in music is through one-on-one lessons. But there is a whole school of thought--backed up by several San Fernando Valley-based programs--that argues otherwise.
June 20, 2005 | Rachana Rathi, Times Staff Writer
With black headphones pulled over his ears, Alfredo Chavez intently prodded an electronic keyboard with his index fingers -- repeating the series of seven notes he'd just heard. The 5-year-old then watched as an animated Tarzan-like girl on his iMac screen swung from one vine to the next, higher and lower depending on the pitch of the note, before she missed one and fell into the water below. Alfredo giggled. "I like the sound it makes," he told his computer teacher.
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