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Carol Quiz of the Day
Do you hear what I hear? Yes, carols are being played over the airwaves and people are getting into the spirit of Christmas. Here's another quiz that will test your know-how of some well-loved Christmas carols.
Composer of the Day
Henry Mancini was an American composer, arranger and conductor especially noted for his television and film scores. In all he won 20 Grammys, 4 Academy Awards and 2 Emmys.

He wrote scores for over 80 films including "Breakfast at Tiffany's and "Moon River." Get to know the man behind some of our timeless music favorites.

Today in Music History
On this day in 1935, composer Alban Berg died in Vienna. Berg was an Austrian composer and teacher who adapted the atonal style. He was a student of Arnold Schoenberg; his early works reflected Schoenberg's influence on his pupil. However, Berg's originality and creativity became more evident in his later works, especially in his two operas: "Lulu" and "Wozzeck."

Suggested Stocking Stuffer
Music Ace Maestro - If you know a music educator who is looking for good music education softwares to supplement his/her teaching, Music Ace Maestro is an excellent choice. Other softwares in the Music Ace series are also great learning tools for homeschoolers and those who'd like to self-study.

Inside the Music Education Blogosphere
Cynthia Wunsch of The Unlikely Entrepreneur blog has a very amusing post about the listening preferences of sparrows.
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