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Why Music Moves Us by Jeanette Bicknell – Book Review

Just recently, I had the pleasure of attending a concert of the Australian Art Orchestra featuring Paul Kelly and his songs, arranged by Paul Grabowsky.  Australian readers might know enough to see the exciting possibilities of that combination – others will just have to hope…

The World of Music Apps – Shazam, Garageband & Bubble Harp – Review

The amazing success of the iPod, iPhone and iPad has unleashed an avalanche of software for every imaginable interest. Music has proven a hugely popular area, generating thousands of apps, many of which are genuinely useful and innovative. We’ll highlight more apps in future editions…

Learn Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars

They like to make jokes about pop songs getting away with having only three chords, but that didn’t stop Bruno Mars from winning a Grammy with this one. In fact, this song is even simpler than that as an accompaniment, because, if you know a little…

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A World Where Everyone Plays by Bernadette Ashby – Book Review

The Simply Music message is simple: We want the whole world to know that they are “musical”. And what better way to share that message than through stories. Stories about: A blind person’s journey in becoming a Simply Music teacher An autistic child’s ability to…

In the Key of Genius: The Extraordinary Life of Derek Paravicini by Adam Ockelford – Book Review

Derek Paravicini is one of those individuals who open our minds to the world of what’s possible, just by being naturally himself. He was born very premature, and as a result grew up with an array of disabilities, including blindness, learning difficulties and autism. But,…

Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks – Book Review

Oliver Sacks is a neurologist and author known for his books exploring the strange and remarkable world of people with brain damage. In the 1960’s he published Awakenings, a study of his work with post-encephalitic patients who, after decades of immobility and non-communication, could be…