The Holocaust and “Violins of Hope:” A Conversation with Kristi Seehafer

A Conversation with Kristi Seehafer //  [Editor’s Note: Music, songs, and the instruments that make both possible can all be powerful forces for life and healing -- sometimes in unexpected ways! Last spring, the Nashville Symphony collaborated with Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. This fall, … Continue reading The Holocaust and “Violins of Hope:” A Conversation with Kristi Seehafer

Audiation, Respect, and Learning to Listen: A Lesson on Giving a Lesson

Written by Grace Wong //  “Remember, even if the bow is the only thing you accomplish the first lesson, that is your one point for Parker for the week. Give him only one goal. Then praise him when he follows through!” my mentor cheerily instructed. That’s it? Every Suzuki Music lesson starts with a bow … Continue reading Audiation, Respect, and Learning to Listen: A Lesson on Giving a Lesson

Theme overview: Music for social expression

Music is a powerful motivator and articulator for social expression. It crosses linguistic, political, and cultural boundaries, and can be both aesthetic and functional. How one learns, what one learns, who one chooses to listen to and emulate--all of these things can be powerful metaphors for how we practice justice in daily life and in … Continue reading Theme overview: Music for social expression