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Come March With Us in the Palisades Parade!

Written by Myrna on Wednesday, 02 July 2014. Posted in Myrna's Blog, Band Instruments, What's New at Middle C

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Come March With Us in the Palisades Parade!
Please join us this Friday to march in the 48th annual July 4th Palisades Parade! We will gather on Whitehaven Pkwy between MacArthur Blvd and Foxhall Rd at 10am, and the parade will start at 11am. The route takes us from Whitehave Pkwy, down MacArthur, left on Edmunds, left on Sherier, and it ends at the Palisades Rec Center. All marchers with us will receive a free Middle C Music t-shirt. This event is so much fun for the entire family! Following the parade there is a free picnic for everyone at the Rec Center with hot dogs, watermelon, drinks, live music, moon bounces, and pony rides. 

Lobbying for Music Education!

Written by Myrna on Thursday, 22 May 2014. Posted in Myrna's Blog, What's New at Middle C

Myrna and NAMM take on congress to keep music in public schools

Lobbying for Music Education!

Every year, members of NAMM from all over the country gather together in DC to lobby congress for music education in elementary and secondary schools. This year was the most successfull yet, with 130 meetings scheduled. We were also priveleged to participate in a day of service at Savoy Elementary, where the President's Turnaround Arts Project has turned the school into a thriving, vibrant learning institution. Absolute proof of the positive effect of music and arts have when integrated as a part of the core cirriculum! 

Recycled Music

Written by Myrna on Monday, 26 August 2013. Posted in Myrna's Blog, What's New at Middle C

Making art and instruments in a Paraguayan landfill

Recycled Music

I play music, I teach music, I run a music shop, and I’ve done these things (and plenty more related to them) for so long that I didn’t think the music world had any big surprises left for me. I was wrong: Last April I sat down to watch a YouTube video about a children’s orchestra in Paraguay that left me astonished. I thought I knew musicians, audiences, and instruments, but seeing that video was eventually to open up a whole new musical chapter for me, and more importantly, was to bring some major changes to the orchestra itself.

The Orquesta de Reciclado de Cateura, or the Landfill Harmonic, as they are known in the video, is an orchestra made up of children who live in the tiny enclave of Cateura, Paraguay, a place surrounded by an enormous landfill that serves the country’s capital city of Asuncion. Their violins, cellos, trumpets and all the other instruments they play are constructed from objects found in the landfill that otherwise dominates their community’s lives. Their video has had well over one million hits – not bad for a place whose streets don’t appear on even the local maps.