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Collaborative Video Project Submissions Flowing In!

 

The videos we are receiving for We Are Love are such beautiful gifts! Will you send yours in to be part of this special collaboration with us? Here is one of the amazing ones that came in yesterday by Julian Hernandez! Thank you to all the many people who are joining in with us!

 

 

Little Kids Rock Visit!

 

What a fun time it was visiting a Little Kids Rock program in San Francisco last Friday!

 

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that seeks to build a world where kids can live rich, purposeful lives, and won’t rest until all children have the opportunity to unlock their inner-music makers. The organization partners with economically disadvantaged public school districts to train their teachers to run innovative Modern Band music programs. This includes donating all of the instruments, curricula and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs rooted in popular music, with a heavy emphasis on improvisation and composition. To date they have served more than 300,000 students in 13 states. 

 

Here is what I discovered on my visit to a Little Kids Rock program that really impressed me. 

1. The kids get a music lesson every day through this program! As a former music educator, and a classically trained pianist, I understand the value of daily lessons. When kids are first learning it is difficult for their parents to support them in practice sessions, unless they are also musicians themselves. The opportunity for daily lessons gives the kids a chance to grow their instrument skills quickly and effectively. 

2. The program teaches the kids to play music quickly with their "Modern Band" program. This method is quite different than traditional classical teaching, and I believe in it. The kids learn to play chords on guitar and keyboard which gets them playing actual songs in a hurry. Nothing is more gratifying in learning an instrument then to actually make real music! Traditional methods take a long time to build up the skills to play a real song. This is something I talk about in my book and piano teaching method, Born Virtuosos. I see similarities in the teaching of Suzuki, which also develops instrument competence in the students before note reading.

3. The kids get to play the music they choose! So inspiring! They are playing songs that they love, arranged by their teacher. The FUN in the room was palpable!

4. The teacher! Oh my goodness, Lauren Schwartz is just amazing with these kids. She holds a masters in Music Therapy, and that training is put to great use. The connection and trust between teacher and students was quite evident. These kids, and the program as a whole, are so lucky to have her.

5. These kids are just beginners, and they are really learning! I spent the whole day at the program, and I'm guessing I interacted with 100 kids from the program. Going around and observing them, it was amazing to me how much they are picking up. It will be fun to return for their performance to see how much they have grown.

6. All of this is made possible by generous donations and the hard work of the teachers and those who run the program, such as West Coast Director Nate Anderson who hosted my visit. Nate's energy and enthusiasm shine! While I was there, one of the kids asked if Nate is a rock star. The answer is... YES!! Because of his efforts, and those of all the other generous people who make up Little Kids Rock staff, there are thousands of kids making music, who probably wouldn't otherwise have that opportunity. That brings me so much gratitude that it brings tears to my eyes as I write this!

 

I'm proud to be supporting Little Kids Rock with a 50% donation from any profits raised from our collaborative song and video project We Are Love. 

 

Little Kids Rock kids created some great videos for the project on Friday. These kids are beyond awesome! I can hardly wait to see more of them soon.

 

Interview on Shop Worn Angel!

 

Super excited for my interview with Marni Portman of the wonderful show Shop Worn Angel to air tomorrow (Sunday) at 8-10PM CST! You can hear it all right here!

 

Interview with the Amazing Duo - Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib!

 

It was so much fun to speak with best selling authors and health experts Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib on their Paleo Lifestlye and Fitness Podcast!

 

Super cool trivia! Sarah Fragoso is my SISTER!! I'm so proud of her, and of Jason! They are such an inspiration for sooo many people, including me, in the area of living a healthy and vibrant life. It was such an honor to be included on their very popular show.

 

In our interview we talk about our childhood, my personal path with health, music and the global collaborative video project I'm producing to celebrate love and our connection as humanity.

 

Listen to the whole show RIGHT HERE!

 

Interview with Odile Milton

 

It was a pleasure to connect with Odile Milton about my new project We Are Love! you can read all about it right here on her blog Snowdrop's Garden.

 

Odile is hosting an art sharing platform of concepts, thoughts and inspiring issues related to Visual Arts and Sound Arts. She is organizing a dedicated art project on those topics that will be presented in Italy at a Cultural Festival in 2015. Interested parties can visit Snowdrop's Garden to connect with Odile for further information.

 

"We Are Love" Featured on Snowdrop's Garden!

 

 

 

 

Press Release for Collaborative Video Published Today!

 

Super excited that the press release for our new collaborative video project was published today! You can check out the entire article here on PRWeb!

“I encourage anyone that would like to participate to submit their video clip. We don’t only need singers, we need everybody!” - Laura Sullivan

 

Over 10K Views in 24 Hours! Wow!

 

So thrilled that the Official Teaser Video for our new project We Are Love received over 10,000 views during the first 24 hours of release! I'm so grateful for all the positive feedback and energy and for the many beautiful video submissions that are flowing in for this special project!

 

If you have submitted a video for the project, please know that I am personally looking at every single submission and am so deeply grateful to all of you! You are all amazing and I love you!

 

THANK YOU!

 

Official Teaser Video Release!

 

Super excited that our Official Teaser video for our collaborative globally created love song and video We Are Love was released this morning! Please check it out and share! I hope you will join me in creating this special project. 

 

 

Call Out to Singers!

 

Are you a singer? I need your voice!

 

Tomorrow is the first day for submissions to get in my new video We Are Love!

 

I'm so excited about this. Please visit GetInTheVideo.com tomorrow morning to learn all the details and collaborate with me on this exciting new project!

 

50% of any proceeds of this song and video go to benefit Little Kids Rock! A very cool organization that gives free instruments and music lessons to kids where music programs in schools have been cut due to budget restrictions. 

 

Here are some photos of some of the wonderful people who have already joined in as part of our Teaser video: