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Building Musicians: Resources for Learning Musicianship

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This regular series will examine different facets of building musicians in which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for music teams and provide constructive solutions for singers. Personal Musicianship  Singers join our chapters for many reasons, but all share the love of singing barbershop chords. Some singers come to us with years of sing...
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Mike Rowe is “Returning The Favor” to an inspiring music educator

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A music educator once changed the course of Mike Rowe's life, and in his new Facebook video series, he pays tribute to another influential teacher in a big way. When health issues forced world-class trumpeter Tim Wilson to give up a performance career, he turned to teaching, and gave his talents and treasure to an instrumental music program in an impoverished school district. Mike sought him ou...
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Pratt Street Power, GQ appear at music education rally at Capitol

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Current Barbershop Harmony Society youth champs Pratt Street Power appeared with women's quartet GQ this week at the 2017 Collegiate Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, as part of the annual Hill Day event sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The event draws music educators and music ed students from around country to speak and learn about ways to promote the essential...
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NAfME joins with Society to honor life-changing music educators

The Barbershop Harmony Society works to build an awareness of the intrinsic value of singing and provide inclusive opportunities to participate in the joy of harmony. In partnership and collaboration with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), an annual award has been established to honor educators who give students the opportunity to learn and participate in the joy and power that ...
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Deke Sharon gives incredible keynote speech at Midwinter

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https://youtu.be/UufvNhiwwDg  Deke Sharon, the music director of the Pitch Perfect movie franchise as well as NBC's The Sing-Off, gave a powerful keynote address at the 2017 Midwinter Convention in San Antonio. The BHS Honorary Lifetime Member encouraged Barbershoppers to make audiences cry while singing a Polecat, addressed the issue of mixed singing, spoke about the importance of video in...
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Society presents Barbershop in a BIG way at ACDA National Conference next week

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Showcase concert appearances from Ringmasters, Crossroads, and Great Northern Union, reading sessions of barbershop music, and a clinic demonstrating the success of barbershop choruses in igniting the fire in younger singers will all take place at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference next week in Minneapolis. Who better than BHS to support the conference theme of “A Life O...
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Choral organizations calling on choruses to #sing1voice

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We have long known that singing in harmony is a powerful tool for bringing people together. Let's put that tool to work! We believe that choruses have a critically important role to play right now by doing what they do best: creating common ground through the power of singing together.   The Barbershop Harmony Society has joined forces with fellow choral organizations Chorus America and the...
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New England Harmony Brigade adds service to singing

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Although one first may think of the Harmony Brigade movement as primarily a quartetter's dream weekend (which it is!) many Brigades take very seriously the outreach and service components. Ted Blank of the New England Harmony Brigade shares its continuing success story built over several years.   The New England Harmony Brigade was founded in 2012 to provide dedicated quartetters the opportunity...
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Music Therapy for Dementia, Alzheimer’s Patients – AARP

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  Any Barbershoppper who's ever sung at a nursing home or senior center can attest to this truth, as reported by AARP: Music therapists who work with Alzheimer's patients describe seeing people "wake up" when the sounds of loved and familiar music fills their heads. Often, after months or even years of not speaking at all, they begin to talk again, become more social and seem more engaged by t...
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Harmony Foundation: Barbershop changing lives at Democracy Prep Middle School

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Take a look inside one of Harlem's inner city schools that is setting a new standard in how much we expect from our children, and how we challenge them to "Dream Big". See how lives are being changed, futures are being forged, and how with the help of the Barbershop Harmony Society and Harmony Foundation International, singing, music, and arts are being used to reach into the hearts of a whole n...
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