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July 25, 2002 | BRENDA REES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Years ago when the "Mozart Effect" emerged as the latest craze to increase intelligence in babies and young children, parents started positioning CD players with classical music next to cribs in order to give their toddlers a step up on the intelligence ladder. And while researchers still argue over the actual effect music has on children, you don't have to be a scientist to know that music can calm crying babies, energize tired children and delight youngsters.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1993 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1997 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012 | By David Ng
Gustavo Dudamel, 31, seems practically middle-aged compared to Jose Angel Salazar, a 14-year-old El Sistema student who has gained attention recently for his talent as a conductor. Salazar is the subject of a recent profile by Reuters that recounts his training in El Sistema,Venezuela's state-funded program that provides free music education to disadvantaged youth. The report states that Salazar is the youngest conductor in the country.  Dudamel, who was also trained in El Sistema and is the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was in his early 20s when he started attracting international attention.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By David Ng
Gustavo Dudamel has found himself in the midst of a political debate in his native Venezuela over a recent concert he conducted that was attended by the country's controversial leader, President Nicolas Maduro. The Times' World Now blog reported Friday that Dudamel led a performance of the Youth Orchestra of Lara in the city of Maracay on Wednesday. Maduro, who was in the audience, is facing a national crisis following eruptions of violence in a number of cities, leaving three dead and many more injured.
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