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Music has been a major influence for good in our home. It was a huge influence in my life growing up as well. My parents played records of beautiful performances of classical, religious, patriotic, musical theater, jazz, and folk music. They played KDFC FM (a Bay Area classical radio station) in the car.  I listened to Suzuki violin tapes over and over as I learned to play violin. I listened to my mom teach piano lessons day after day and to my siblings practice their instruments. I sang in the children’s choirs my mom directed and each week in church. They took me to live performances of soloists, small ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and symphonies. My mom took me to years of music lessons. I loved to sing and dance to music as a young child and as I grew. Music added so much richness, happiness, and peace to my life!

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I started Suzuki violin when I was young, but it wasn’t my first introduction to music. My mom played beautiful piano music my whole life and sang to me from my earliest days. She said that I sang before I talked. I owe so much to my parents, and particularly my mom, for nurturing me with sweet music.

I shared this gift with my children as our family has grown. We listen to Classical 89 (89.1 FM in Utah Valley or live streaming via classical89.org. They also have an app that I use on my phone to stream classical music.) I have purchased hundreds of songs over the last 3o years that have made our days happier and more filled with peace as well.

There is ample scientific evidence of the impact music has on our brains and bodies (e.g., The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the new Science of Song by Elena Mannes or this little tidbit about music being more powerful than prescription drugs), but even without a scientific study, I know from my own life, from sharing music with my family, and from my experiences teaching music to children, that music is a language we cannot afford to neglect teaching!

On my blog, I have shared just a sampling of the songs and albums that we love in our home. This is a list of some of the albums and songs I have recommended on my blog sidebar and in posts:

LIVE STREAMING RADIO

Click on the image to go to the website for free live streaming classical music.

 

Click on the image to go to the iTunes store to download the free app. You can listen to Christian music for free on this app. Or go to mormonchannel.org to listen on the web.

A CAPPELLA

Roll Back the Stone Blue Cheese

Roll Back the Stone by Blue Cheese

Vocal Point: “It Is Well with My Soul”

CHILDREN’S

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The Children’s Songbook (free printable sheet music and downloadable mp3s online)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Chapin Mother Earth

Tom Chapin, “Mother Earth”

CHORAL

Wondrous Love

“Wondrous Love” by the BYU Women’s Chorus

I first heard “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” from this album while viewing a painting of Christ in Gethsemane by ? in the “Sacred Gifts” art exhibit at BYU’s Museum of Art. Now I listen to the song in the middle of the night when I’m having a hard time sleeping.

CHRISTMAS

Christmas Cello Steven Sharp Nelson

Christmas Cello Steven Sharp Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOSPEL INSTRUMENTAL

Mormon Guitar

Mormon Guitar  by Ben Howington

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

HAPPY

Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUMENTAL

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“American Tapestry” by Jenny Oaks Baker

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80: Sicilienne

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80: Sicilienne

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful Irish fiddle and banjo reels, jigs and other irish dance music (with standard speeds for practicing for feis competitions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAZZ

 

PEACEFUL

Breathe

Breathe by Yolanda Kondanassis

 

 

 

 

 

 

POP

Say Love by Hilary Weeks

“Say Love” by Hilary Weeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

RELIGIOUS

Hillary Weeks Day of Praise

“Day of Praise” by Hilary Weeks

This album helped carry me through my illness years ago. Hearing Rebecca and Sarah sing and play songs from it recently reminded me how much it meant to me back then and how much I still love these songs.

Love Is Spoken Here Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Love Is Spoken Here Mormon Tabernacle Choir

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are more posts I have written about music:

It Is Well with My Soul

Have you seen this new song?

A Few Songs I Have Written

Songs My Children Taught Me to Love 

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