Encouragement from Musicians and Music Educators for Musicians and Music Educators. Interesting interviews with music teachers and musicians along with calming and topical encouragement as you face the challenges of everyday life. Find out what sounds and songs encourage other musicians and what keeps them hopeful, moving forward, and creative.
Interview with Travis Lohmann, Musician, Composer, Teacher
Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Travis Lohmann is a composer for film/media. Various film festivals showcasing Travis' music are: LA 48 Hour Film Festival, The United GI Film Festival, The Dam Short Film Festival, and the Laughlin International Film Festival. His music can be heard on various TV networks including: NBC Sports, Discovery, Oxygen, Lifetime, and Bravo. In 2015, Travis had the opportunity to perform with Circus Couture in their charity event "Twelve". In 2017, he composed the music for "Blue" and "Green" Acts in their show "PRYSM". He is also published by Piano Pronto and is a member of their Composers Community. In addition to composing, Travis is an active performer and has played at venues including: The Joint At the Hard Rock, Planet Hollywood, Orleans Resort, and the Heartland Mansion. Travis Lohmann is a proud member of ASCAP
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Top 5 Songs of Encouragement
1) Interns Get Started by Theodore Shapiro
2) The Newsroom by Thomas Newman
3) Everwood Theme by Blake Neely
4) Bend and Break by Keane
5) The Storm by Flying Colors
Interview with Jennifer Foxx, Music Educator, Creator
Jennifer Foxx is nationally recognized from her teacher resource blog, MusicEducatorResources.com. She runs a successful piano studio in AZ, has been interviewed on several music podcasts and has written articles for several music publications. She enjoys presenting and creating music resources and curriculum for teachers to use in their studios.
Jennifer's Top 5 Songs of Encouragement:
1) Footloose by Kenny Loggins
2) He Hears Me by Hillary Weeks
3) Defying Gravity (from Wicked) by Stephen Schwartz
4) Goodnight and Go by Imogen Heap
5) Garden of Babylon by The Rippingtons
Tiny Encouragement #6 - If You See Something, Say Something Good
Interview with Eric Branner, Guitarist, Guitar Teacher, Entrepreneur
Eric Branner is the CEO/Co-Founder of Fons. He’s a third-generation music teacher, plays guitar, and wrote the Blackforrest Guitar Companion. In another life, he dreams of being a pro surfer He lives in Seattle with his family Alyson, Edie, and Huck.
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Eric's Top 5 Songs of Encouragement:
1) Appalachian Waltz by Mark O'Connor
2) Canned Good by Greg Brown
3) Hold On by Tom Waits
4) Return of the Grievous Angel by Gram Parsons
5) Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios by Barrios, played by John Williams
Interview with Aaron Johnshon Levy, Actor & Entertainer
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Aaron has acted on stage nearly his entire life--from playing Tom Sawyer in first grade to The Criminologist in the Claremont Colleges production of the Rocky Horror Show. He started a professional acting career in Israel after playing the role of Tom Collins in the country's first production of Rent. In 2010 he returned to the U.S. to enter a doctoral program in communication. In 2017 he resumed his acting career and was soon cast in the comedic feature film "Hey, Mr. Postman!" (2018). Aaron resides in Los Angeles and regularly hosts "Conversations & Karaoke"--a live social media show.
Top 5 Songs of Encouragement
1. Procession of the Levites (Orchestral Prelude) by Richard Smallwood
2. God's Got a Blessing by Norman Hutchins
3. Unspeakable Joy by Kim English
4. Flames by David Guetta & Sia
5. Happy Face by Destiny's Child
Tiny Encouragement #5 - Thank You can Build Community
Look at you! Using those 2 little words to spread positivity, encouragement, and build community!
I encourage you to do 2 things with your Thank You's:
1) Be Intentional - don't throw those words away or utter them under your breath; be intentional about thanking people in your daily and weekly interactions - genuine, sincere thanks directed to another person creates connection and builds community.
2) Be Specific - say thank you for something specific, use a person's name, share a specific reason for your 'thank you.' You will make someone's day! And that can spread...and build community.
Thank you, for listening to Sounds of Encouragement. Thank you for sharing these episodes with friends. Thank you for leaving positive reviews and comments. Thank you for recommending guests for interviews. Thank you for suggesting topics. Thank you for encouraging me!
More Encouragement? Yes, please!
I applaud Melissa’s genuine efforts to bring more encouragement to the music profession. These episodes are definitely worth the listen ❤️