Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 36th season of Music Alive!
     Beginning with this season, I’ll be following in the footsteps of my esteemed colleague Mac Randall as the new editor-in-chief of Music Alive! Magazine. As a writer, musician, and part-time music teacher, I’m excited to be in a position of selecting and editing content to be shared with young music students through Music Alive! Music’s value as an educational subject is frequently reported on by the media, but for those of us who are passionate about music education, its importance is common knowledge. Whether or not students intend to become professional musicians, we know that their studies in music will be invaluable to them.
     As we move forward with Volume 36, we hope to provide you and your students with content that will not only inspire them but will also challenge them—whether it’s in understanding a technical aspect of music, wrapping their minds around the inner workings of the music industry, or opening their ears to the sounds of different cultures and subcultures. We think arts education can help in promoting tolerance and acceptance of the world around us, and in shaping better human beings.
     Hopefully, you find this first issue to be a positive contribution to your teaching. We look forward to the many issues to come.
—Kate Koenig, Editor-in-Chief