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Tom Petty, you rock!
This Friday, just two days prior to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning rocker Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As the 27th recipient of this prestigious annual award, Petty will follow in the footsteps of musical greats like Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Carole King—each boasting a robust musical legacy, as well as a long history of charitable work. Continue reading

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Honoree Lionel Richie performs onstage during the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Tommaso Boddi/Getty)

What do Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl and Usher have in common? Earlier this month, they—along with many other musical greats—joined forces to pay tribute to the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year, Lionel Richie, in support of MusiCares. Continue reading

How can you tell if a child might have difficulties learning languages?

Here’s a simple method that takes less than 30 seconds: ask her/him to repeat a drumbeat.

Image by Grant Slater, courtesy of KPCC

Image by Grant Slater, courtesy of KPCC

While far from foolproof, matching rhythms may be an early indicator of potential language learning capacity, according to Nina Kraus, Ph.D, an auditory neurobiologist and professor at Northwestern University who spoke at last Sunday’s KPCC Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena. Since music and language are remarkably similar in the neural processes they employ, she said, it’s possible to predict on a very basic level how children who find it difficult to follow beats might have problems in school.

Along with panelists Suzanne Gindin, founder of the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra (BHCYO), and Kristen Madsen, Senior Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation & MusiCares, Kraus discussed her research on how music and the brain are interconnected. The key takeaway was how music—specifically, how playing an instrument—can help overcome learning obstacles for children born into poverty, who tend to have greater difficulties with school. Continue reading