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What if I told you that we live in a magical world? Everyone loves a refreshing visit to the fantasy world of their favorite book. This is especially true of children. There is a reason why many of the greatest and most popular works of literature in both the past (Lord of the Rings or...

What if I told you that we live in a magical world? Everyone loves a refreshing visit to the fantasy world of their favorite book. This is especially true of children. There is a reason why many of the greatest and most popular works of literature in both the past (Lord of the Rings or...

Reflecting upon yesterday’s national holiday, an occasion for us to commemorate the service and self-sacrifice of our veterans, I was struck by the ways in which our arts—sculpture, poetry and literature, painting, etc.—help us to capture the sentiments of society on such a day.  As you probably know, Veterans’ Day was formally initiated on the anniversary...

Hilary Hahn is a classical musician, particularly specializing in violin. She is a soloist who plays music composed by Mendelssohn, Bach, Beethoven, Paganini and many more. She once stated on Violinist about classical music that, "It will be what it will be. Its composers will write what they will write. It does not need to cater...

On Thursday, we strive to focus this blog on the lovely intersection of mathematics and music, where the theory of arithmetic finds application in harmonic composition.   Today, we’ll draw your attention to some remarks from Jake Tawney, a long-time teacher and teacher trainer, at Great Hearts Academies. In his recent essay for VIRTUE, Mr. Tawney highlights...

On Thursday, we strive to focus this blog on the lovely intersection of mathematics and music, where the theory of arithmetic finds application in harmonic composition.   Today, we’ll draw your attention to some remarks from Jake Tawney, a long-time teacher and teacher trainer, at Great Hearts Academies. In his recent essay for VIRTUE, Mr. Tawney highlights...

Hilary Hahn is a classical musician, particularly specializing in violin. She is a soloist who plays music composed by Mendelssohn, Bach, Beethoven, Paganini and many more. She once stated on Violinist about classical music that, "It will be what it will be. Its composers will write what they will write. It does not need to cater...

As today is the birthday of Louis Armstrong (b. 1901), it seems an appropriate moment to highlight that great American musical idiom of Jazz. Certainly the syncopation and rhythms of jazz music have swept the globe and shaped modern music, perhaps more than any other influence.     Emanuel Harrold has a helpful catalogue of the various ways...

Stay safe. Stay at home. And, the most important thing: stay connected and inspired.” Those parting words from an online post by the conductor of the LA Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel—which got me thinking about the sources of inspiration we might draw upon, at this peculiar time. For Dudamel, his inspiration comes from making beautiful music. And,...

As we review the tape from our inaugural National Classical Education Symposium (2019), it’s a pleasure to see some of the new friends we have made from across the university and across the country. Today’s video-interview is with Dr. Carol Reynolds, a.k.a. “Professor Carol,” whose career at Southern Methodist University (SMU) began from very modest roots...