Take the #CowboyBebopChallenge and Buy a Concert Ticket for a Local Student!

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Ten years ago this month, back when I was a full-time magazine editor, I had the pleasure of witnessing the birth of a dream in real time.

I’d spent several months in late 2007/early 2008 shadowing a local teacher named Betsey Zenk and her autistic student Latron Dodd. Latron didn’t read, write or talk but he had perfect pitch. Betsey used her music therapy background to connect with him through music. Shortly before winter break, she taught Latron some chords on a piano. When he returned, he was playing parts of “Moonlight Sonata.” Betsey was amazed. Through music, she began to see something come alive in Latron and she wanted to nurture that spark. Read More

Midwest BSFA Fundraiser: Hogwarts House Scarves!

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CALLING ALL MEMBERS OF HOUSE RAVENCLAW: The fourth set of scarves Hogwarts house colors made by Midwest BSFA member Alexandra (in blue and bronze) are now available for purchase! We’re raising money for our Cowboy Bebop concert in September so get your scarf at the special fundraiser rate of $30 each! Proceeds from the concert will go to Melodic Connections, a local nonprofit that offer music therapy lessons to individuals with special needs. Email midwestbsfa@gmail.com if you’d like to buy one!