White Bear Lake AP Music Theory Class Compositions – 2013

We set out to pilot the composition contest program at White Bear Lake Public Schools. To my surprise it actually went rather smoothly and it got the students to write above and beyond my expectations. These are people who have never written a piece of classical music before, and have also never played strings. It was both a wonderful artistic […]

MusicWorks BandTogether makes the WB Press!

Thank you, Nick Backus for writing up this nice article on MusicWorks, and what we’re trying to accomplish with the Band Together program. Friends, please spread this far and wide and drum up some more support for our work with the students! read the article HERE Good stuff.  

Music and the Brain

Victor Wooten, in addition to being a bass genius, is also supporting work at the Association for Psychological Science conference as they explore the connections between music and the brain, and the potentially huge benefits that music has for learning and performance. http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/26/health/mental-health/music-brain-science/index.html We’re learning more every day just how real and prevalent this connection is. It just goes to […]

‘Scuse me while I go celebrate…

I think this speaks for itself. Woot! In case you’re looking at that photo and are thinking “What is that? Is it like some kind of analog text or IM or something? It’s from the I.R.S. and it says blah, blah, blah…..zzzzzz…..” Yes. It’s a letter from the IRS. It says that we’re a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. Which means we […]

The gift of education.

I think there are fewer gifts (that are realistically within our ability to provide) that are greater than the gift of an education; especially a musical education. It would be awesome if we could end wars, hunger, poverty, and human suffering around the world, it really would, but for most of us those problems are so large and our contribution, […]

Flutes and Trumpets and Pianos…Oh My!

We’ve received an outpouring of support for our idea this summer. I have a room full of musical instruments that will be finding a home in the coming year and we even had the opportunity to donate a piano to the WBL choir program this last week. A BIG thank you goes out to my brother, John Cheesebrow, and friends […]

Word’s getting around.

MarketFest is over. We had a great opportunity for the last 7 Thursdays to meet people from the local community interested in music education. We had some instruments donated, and many connections made. Most importantly I think we got the message out there that “Hey! We’re here. We’re doing this work for our pubic school music programs. Just keep an […]