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Old Pops & Piano Music Single Sheets

Dates: 1809-2004. Size: 72 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Old Pops comprises single song sheet music in alphabetical sequence in 286 boxes; 8 additional boxes contain Chicago songs, war songs and Christmas songs. Music Single Sheets are instrumental piano pieces filed alphabetically with Old Pops. [Processed]

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Create Art and Music

children's musical instruments

Taking inspiration from Penny and Her Song, try some of these activities to create music and art in your home. Make Your Own Musical Instruments Singing is fun—but making music with instruments you create is even better! There are several books that can help you do this, we looked for ideas in The Kids Can Press […]

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Digital Music at Lozano Branch’s YOUmedia

Our digital music workshops begin this week! Jeff will teach you how to use various equipment and software, and make beats. He'll guide users in grades 6-8 to create their own music. Digital Music Workshop Hours Tuesday: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday: 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Thursday: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 11…

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The Joy of Music Instruction

clarinet and trumpet with sheet music

The school year started off with a bang in my house—or should I say a high-pitched SQUEAK! It seems that many schools think the fourth grade is an excellent year to teach kids to play an instrument. Not only did my son get introduced to band instruments during the first few weeks of school, but only two […]

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Underground Music Fanzines on Display at Harold Washington Library Center

Underground music fanzines from the 1980s and 1990s from the collection of Marc Fischer are on display through April 24 in the flat exhibit cases on the 8th floor of Harold Washington Library Center. During his high school and college years in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Fischer published Primary Concern, a thick photocopied zine…

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Music to Pump You Up for Spring Cleaning

cleaning supplies

Believe it or not, the first official day of spring is March 20. It’s so close! I can almost feel it! For some reason, spring is traditionally the time when people do a massive cleaning overhaul on their homes and apartments. Personally, by the time spring rolls around I want to be out of my […]

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Lyrics are Poems Put to Music: Part Two

janis joplin

I hope you find this well worth the wait after reading part one. Although Janis Joplin's professional career did not last nearly long enough, her gravelly voice and folky sound will not be forgotten. Her songs are about love, freedom and living. Carole King started as a song writer by writing hits for other singers. She eventually became […]

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The Music of Mad Men

"When did music become so important?" Don Draper asks Megan in season five. Megan hands him a copy of the Beatles’ Revolver and tells him to start with the final track on the album. Don drops the needle, and "Tomorrow Never Knows" blasts out of the speakers. Don settles back in his chair with a drink […]

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