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PlayEnsemble® and Music Education

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." ~Plato Music is an essential part of being human. Music and art define generations, cultures, religions and is a part of our everyday lives. It can unite the world in a way that words alone cannot. We do not need to speak the same language or come from the same background to understand and appreciate music; it speaks to us as ...

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sPEAKing Our Minds - The Importance of Water

It's 2020 and, for many of us, it's a time to set resolutions. Drinking and getting more water is low-hanging fruit... something we can do without a lot of effort and very little to no money! AND... a ton of benefits. Hydration matters, whether you're running, working out, or just trying to stay out of the dirt, your water intake is vital. Our bodies NEED water to function, plain and simple! There are so many wonderful effects water has ...

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Play That Moves Us

We often hear that one person can make a difference...in this case we see it firsthand. Devin Handy, a teenager from Victoria, Texas, who used GoFundMe to raise $700 and help a community park that had been destroyed by a fire, is on a mission for 2020. His mission is to make even more of a difference in the lives of people and to help the environment. Learn more about his story. Play is our passion, our mission and our ...

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sPEAKing Our Minds: How to Eat Healthier Around the Holidays

Notice we said healthier…lifestyle changes are sustainable and allow for us to indulge sometimes and still be on plan. The holiday season is upon us and many times families and friends get together and enjoy all types of food, prepared by different family members...and that last part is noted because everyone isn’t preparing the meal based on your dietary needs or wants.  Read more for some strategies that will help you enjoy the holidays and still come out on the ...

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THIS IS YOUR BRAIN...ON MUSIC!

You may have heard that music can make you smarter, more focused and relaxed.  We’ve seen research about the “Mozart Effect” with infants, heard about band and choir students scoring higher on tests, and even music as a tool to delay dementia in the elderly- but how does this all work?  Let’s explore the effects of music on the brain and see how music can move us cognitively and improve everything from language to literacy! When you were just a ...

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NRPA 2019

The NRPA Annual Conference is upon us and this time we’re headed to Baltimore to engage with more than 8,000 people who are passionate about parks and recreation just like we are! Our favorite part of NRPA is all the people – it’s an opportunity for us to connect with people who understand and share our desire for more – more parks and play environments, more time spent outdoors, more spaces for people to get moving and areas that ...