Friday, January 21, 2011

Children's Music Foundation

Students perform at the CMF Event

Gary Wenet, CMF Founder and Chairman of the Board

Lisa Fitzhugh, CMF Champion

First Note

I don’t usually stump for causes, but last night, Triple Door in Seattle was host to a fundraiser for The Children’s Music Foundation (CMF), a cause worthy of your consideration. The Children’s Music Foundation was created exclusively to promote the study of music as an essential educational tool in our elementary schools throughout the United States.

Years of research confirm the undeniable link between music and increased academic achievement, and I would add, increased enrichment in life overall. In the past several years, there have been devastating cuts in K-12 music curricula and after-school events. CMF aims to bring back music education to K-12 classrooms as an integral piece of the core curriculum with standards-based music for kindergarten and first-grade teachers that build the foundation for learning music early.

The program is called First Note, and will be comprised of three essential parts: curriculum, training, and ongoing support. All teachers will receive a package that contains all they need to start teaching. Nationally, there are 3.6 million kindergartners and 3.8 million first graders who are waiting for the First Note program, and at $27 per student per school year, this is an investment to seriously consider when making decisions about annual giving and donations.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Local Live Music

Time to rock!
The next few weeks are brimming with live music from a constellation of talented local musicians. My picks:

JAM NIGHT at 88 Keys in Seattle hosted by Power Cell
Wednesdays at 8:00pm

Magic Bus at Tulalip Casino-Canoes Cabaret Lounge
Friday, January 14 at 9:00pm

Cory Wilds Band at Williams Ave Sports Bar in Renton
Friday, January 14 9:00pm

JAM NIGHT at The Barrel in Burien hosted by Doug McGrew
Tuesdays at 8:00pm

Magic Bus at Tulalip Casino-Canoes Cabaret Lounge
Wednesday, January 19 at 9:30pm

Cory Wilds Band at Salty’s Redondo in Des Moines, WA
Friday and Saturday, January 21 & 22 at 8:00pm

Guy Johnson at J&M Café in Seattle
Saturday, January 22 at 9:00pm

NSANE at Collectors’ Choice in Snohomish
Friday, January 28 at 9:00pm

Power Cell at Tulalip Casino-Canoes Cabaret Lounge
Saturday, January 29 at 5:00-8:00pm

Randy Hansen with Special Guest Menace at Jazzbones in Tacoma
Saturday, January 29 at 9:00pm

No Quarter (Led Zeppelin tribute) at Tulalip Casino-Canoes Cabaret Lounge
Sunday, January 30 at 8:00pm

Dudley Taft at the Hard Rock in Seattle
Friday, February 4 at 5:00-8:00pm

Echos (Pink Floyd tribute) with Randy Hansen at King Cat Theater in Seattle
Saturday, February 5 at 7:30pm

No Quarter (Led Zeppelin tribute) at The Central Saloon in Seattle
Saturday, February 5 at 9:00pm – 1:00am

Heartless (Heart tribute) at Tulalip Casino-Canoes Cabaret Lounge
Sunday, February 6 at 9:00pm