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This American Folk Song has been around for a long time. It first became popular back on the 1820s, and remained so through the Civil War. Astute musicologists remember that Minnie Mouse was carrying the sheet music for “Turkey in the Straw” (along with her fiddle) in the movie Steamboat Willie. It’s been recorded by […]

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The flute is one of a few instruments that has been found in almost every culture since the beginning of time. For centuries, the instrument has been evolving, and manufacturers are still coming up with ways to achieve even more sophisticated qualities of sound. Of course a serious player needs to start with a quality […]

On Nov. 18, 1928, Walt Disney released a short, black and white animated film that experts agree, forever changed the motion picture industry. In seven minutes and 23 seconds, the animated short, Steamboat Willie introduced the world to a mouse named Mickey, his girlfriend, Minnie and a revolutionary new way to view an animated film. […]

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In my day, an active board was when there were two of us at the blackboard breathing in chalk dust, playing beat-the-clock for the right answer. Thankfully, classrooms have made some technological changes since then. But to date, the jury is still out in many districts regarding how deeply they delve into the topic of […]

November is International Drum Month (IDM). So print out this coupon from the Percussion Marketing Council (PMC). Fill it out. Mail it in, and they’ll send you a set of free sticks and cool drum stuff. Really. We’re not kidding. The PMC is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the advancement, understanding and enjoyment of drums […]