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Singer Songwriter & Vocal Coach, Lizanne Hennessey - Voice Coach


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Integrating music into our everyday lives.

My idea is all about making music and singing as a tool to set a positive cycle in motion that will encourage respect, communication and expression, which to me, are key ingredients to a society of individuals who can truly change the world.

No, this is not a new idea - but I think it's something we forgot how to do, and I want to help us remember.

I made a video to explain how we can reap the benefits of integrating music into our everyday lives called "Growing Back into Music", which you can watch here:

I'm so curious what you all think!


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  • May 25 2013: This is a really great thought.
    Most people who listen to music do it to distract or entertain themselves and I hate when people change songs before one has finished.
    I think a great place to begin is to teach people how to listen! To great melody, harmony, the depth of a note, the planet, trees, each other.
    In some cultures music is used to learn and memorize things and this is indeed something that current educational systems refuse to capitalize on. (check this out...learn basic swahili through song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK0wPpLryc4)
    Great nations were bound together by music, through nationalistic songs etc. Maybe you should compose a ted anthem!
    • May 25 2013: Thanks to you both, Umaid and Juliette!
      Umaid, you are so right - in order to utilize the natural benefits of music, it needs to start with silence, listening to one's 'own rhythm', in order to allow feelings and emotions float to the surface. By learning how to listen to themselves, kids can learn how to listen to each other.

      Juliette, what an amazing talk, thank you for sharing this!!
      Trust is a big part of this concept. It's all connected - respect, communication, expression, based on trust and empathy.

      I also love the idea of a TED anthem!! Wow, I would want to incorporate musical influences from all countries represented here on TED - how many are there, I wonder??
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        May 30 2013: If you click on the "TED community" up on top of this page, you can see all the different countries TED members come from.

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