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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Jimi Hendrix and the Rasta Rock Opera

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2014  -- The Jim Hendrix Foundation has endorsed the debut album of the Rasta Rock Opera titled "Respect and Love Revolution" as the most important musical score of this generation.  As a preview to the upcoming Rock Opera release, a Hendrix style version of the Star Spangled by Stevie Marco, with Jimi Hendrix live footage superimposed, was released on YouTube on July 1st 2014.

This stunning production by acclaimed director Brad Baerwald of Studio 51, Dunkirk Md., accompanied by entertainment photographer Teo Lee, has utilized the newest technology to merge the two epic performances into one.

Film clips of Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 where he lit his guitar on fire and smashed it, as well as live performances from Woodstock, Berkeley, and with the Band of Gypsy's are featured in this Epic film.  

The soundtrack of the guitar performance of the Star Spangled Banner is all Stevie Marco as he appears opposite Jimi playing his version of our national anthem, "Hendrix style" in a glorious tribute to our country and the immortal Jimi Hendrix. Clips of drummer Mitch Mitchell also appear with Hendrix opposite Conrad Osipowicz on drums with Stevie Marco.

The "Respect and Love Revolution" album is to be released on the birthday of Jimi Hendrix, November 27th 2014 and consists of 11 compositions within 21 musical movements.  The album took over 160 sessions to complete and was recorded at the Blue Room Music Studio in Bethesda Maryland.

"The upcoming release is going to ignite the youth with a new sound that has a positive message behind it," said Conrad Osipowicz who recorded and co-produced the Respect and Love Revolution Album with Stevie Marco
Fifty one musicians including established stars like Cindy Blackman Santana, Joe Brotherton, Buster Williams, and violinist Karen Briggs join fresh new talent from around the globe in this modern day masterpiece.

"The music vibes are like Bob Marley met Jimi Hendrix," says Stevie Marco who is the primary composer and lead guitarist for the Rasta Rock Opera. 

The album has created a loyal underground following anticipating the albums release with over 62,000 followers on Facebook http://facebook.com/RastaRockOpera  and over 190,000 fans having listened to the album preview on Soundcloud http://soundcloud.com/RastaRockOpera.
Contact: Stevie Marco, 240 432-3265, marcostevie@gmail.com
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