Humans are deeply affected by certain melodies. They can evoke strong emotional responses, such as chills and thrills in listeners. And numerous studies have demonstrated that “music can decrease pain levels. Pain relief may occur by the release of endorphins or changes in catecholamine levels or as patients are distracted by memories away from their […]

Paolo Petrocelli uses music as a form of diplomacy and positive force for change. Paolo is founder and president of the Euro Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace, which promotes music education in Europe and the Middle East, and brotherhood among young multi-ethnic musicians. According to him, artists should think beyond their personal career to a higher […]

Pete Seeger died this week. That’s obviously not good news although, at the age of 94, seems natural enough. So who was Pete Seeger? According to The New York Times obituary, he was a “singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both […]

The Harmony Program is a New York-based non-profit music education organization that “provides daily after-school music lessons to children from economically disadvantaged communities. Harmony’s unique model taps the city’s college- and graduate-level music students as teachers, training them to develop the talents of young people who would not ordinarily be exposed to music education.” The program is […]