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The Value of Promoting Music Education in Schools

Operating as a non-profit organization, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation is dedicated to promoting instrumental music education in public schools in the United States, while at the same time raising awareness of the essential role music plays in rounding out a child's education. The foundation's motto is "Music Education = Brainpower" and more than 1,800 public schools in over 100 cities around the country have benefited from $48 million worth of musical instruments distributed by the foundation since it was established in 1997.

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Music Halls of Fame – Honoring Outstanding Achievements

While high profile music awards and inductees into renowned Halls of Fame may be well publicized and capture the attention of worldwide music fans, there are a number of less well known, but no less important, Halls of Fame honoring musicians and entertainers who make a difference in their communities or chosen music genres. Among these are the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, The Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame, the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame and Museum, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, to mention just a few.

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US 2012 Summer Music Festivals

With the northern hemisphere moving into summer, music fans should start making plans to get to some of the awesome festivals coming up in the US. What better reason for a road-trip than to party at a music festival? Here are just some of the highlights for the beginning of June. Enjoy!

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Labor Day Concert in City of Brotherly Love

Standing with Philadelphia's mayor Michael Nutter on the steps of the city's art museum, (steps which Rocky fans are sure to recognize) New York-born rapper Jay-Z announced his intention to host a two-day music festival in the City of Brotherly Love. Featuring up to thirty acts, played across three stages at Fairmount Park on the 1st and 2nd of September, the "Budweiser Made in America" festival will include a range of genres, from rap to rock, R&B to Latin. Up to 70 percent of the acts are reportedly confirmed, and if Jay-Z has his way the program will include a performance by President Barack Obama.

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Ethnomusicology – Study of People Making Music

Legendary reggae musician Bob Marley has been quoted as saying "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." Certainly, many would agree that music has enormous potential to influence emotions and behavior – and this has been the case for centuries. Defined as the study of social and cultural aspects of music and dance, both in a local and global context, the term ethnomusicology was created by Dutch scholar Jaap Kunst (1891-1960) as a more precise term for his research into the gamelan music of Indonesia. Taken from the Greek words for "nation" and "music", ethnomusicology is, in a nutshell, the study of "people making music" – as noted by Brown University professor of music, Jeff Todd Titon. Although originally referring to non-Western music, ethnomusicology has expanded to include the anthropological and sociological aspects of Western music traditions.

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