The Conservatory

Mozart for the Mind, Beethoven for the Brain, Handel for the Heart, 

Bach for the Body  & Schubert for the Soul

Did you know that? If you ever want to remember your recital piece so that you can play it many times for enjoyment, this is how you can keep your piece fresh:

 

a. Practice at a slow tempo, as well as performance tempo to keep the piece fresh.

 

b. Practice beginning at many different places in your piece (such as at the beginning of phrases), to remain confident of your memory!

c. Occasionally play from the score, even though you have the piece memorized. This will help to refresh your memorization of the notes,  rhythms, and musical indications and ensure an accurate performance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSIC BUILDS SMARTER KIDS: Researchers have found that young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training. Dr Laurel Trainor, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior at McMaster University said, "Children studying music for a year improved in musical listening skills more than children not studying music is perhaps not very surprising. On the other hand, it is very interesting that the children taking music lessons improved more over the year on general memory skills that are correlated with non-musical abilities such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics and IQ than did the children not taking lessons. It suggests that musical training is having an effect on how the brain gets wired for general cognitive functioning related to memory and attention." Dr Laurel Trainor, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior at McMaster University (From Makingmusicfun)

In a similar study published in Newsweek magazine, research indicated that during the early developmental years, children's brain neurons are being "wired". This provides a window of opportunity which must not be missed if children are to achieve their full potential. "Circuits in different regions of the brain mature at different times. As a result, different circuits are most sensitive to life's experiences at different ages. Give your children the experiences they need when they need it and anything's possible. Stumble and all bets are off." Newsweek Magazine

 

 

APPRECIATING THE VALUE OF MUSIC EDUCATION:

Music appeals to our senses and draws out interaction. Music excites us, soothes us, and brings us joy. The goal of music education should be to stimulate an aesthetic experience in the learner by introducing a variety of styles that bring about an understanding of music.

Music builds strong thinkers as students compare and contrast, problem solve, analyze, create and evaluate.

Music becomes history as students see the relationship an earlier time had with music.

Music becomes culture as students define the differences in the music of many countries and races of our world.

Music becomes math as students understand the organization of sound.

Music becomes art as students discover the color, texture and composition of a piece of music.

Music becomes dance as one seeks to understand the range of expressive qualities of music through movement.

Music education includes a broad scope of experiences to build up the whole child.

 

PLEASE READ THIS: Sharing this article about recent statistics on how to divert your children’s attention to extracurricular activities than enabling them do activities that can be harmful to their lives in the future. Best suggestion is to enroll them to different kinds of lessons and to “always keep them busy” once they get out from school to avoid doing things that have negative impact to their lives in and outside school’s vicinity.  Through these, they don’t have time to indulge themselves to things that are nonsense or dangerous because of too much time spent “doing nothing” after school. Parents need to monitor their children consistently. Below is said informative article:

High School or Children’s Participation in Extracurricular Activities: Implications for Positive Outcomes Later in Life? In the past decade, researchers have become increasingly interested in the role of adolescent or children’s extracurricular participation in development. Not only do they have a significant amount of leisure time at their disposal, but there is considerable evidence to indicate that how they spend their free time has important implications for both short-term and long-term development. Drawing on ecological systems and social control theories, this focuses on the implications of high school and children’s participation in extracurricular activities on long term educational attainment and family related outcomes using nationally representative longitudinal data from the NELS: 88. Although several other studies have also focused on the impact of participation in extracurricular activities, particularly on educational attainment and work and career related outcomes, or even on risky behavior, we also elaborate on the impact on family and child birth related outcomes, a topic relatively untouched in the literature. Furthermore, we emphasize on long term effects, at least eight years beyond high school. Preliminary results show that involvement in high school or children’s extracurricular activities leads to positive long term outcomes in individual lives. There is a generally positive impact on long term educational attainment measures, either in the form of enrollment beyond high school or even up to the Bachelor’s degree level, even after controlling for family, school and student school achievement characteristics. Furthermore, such participation at the high school level discourages negative family outcomes such as the incidence of early births or the incidence of single parent families in the long term.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Sound

October 2010: Editor's note: TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas worth spreading," which it makes available through talks posted on its websiteJulian Treasure, the author of "Sound Business," is chairman of UK-based audio branding specialist The Sound Agency and an international speaker on sound's effects on people, on business and on society. (CNN) -- Most of us have become so used to suppressing noise that we don't think much about what we're hearing, or about how we listen. Yet our well-being is now being seriously damaged by modern sound. Here are 10 things about sound and health that you may not know:

1.) You are a chord. This is obvious from physics, though it's admittedly somewhat metaphorical to call the combined rhythms and vibrations within a human being a chord, which we usually understand to be an aesthetically pleasant audible collection of tones. But "the fundamental characteristic of nature is periodic functioning in frequency, or musical pitch," according to C.T. Eagle. Matter is vibrating energy; therefore, we are a collection of vibrations of many kinds, which can be considered a chord.

2.) One definition of health may be that that chord is in complete harmony. The World Health Organization defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" which opens at least three dimensions to the concept. On a philosophical level, Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras and Confucius all wrote at length about the relationship between harmony, music and health (both social and physical). Here's Socrates: "Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated ungraceful." Watch an interview with Julian Treasure

3.) We see one octave; we hear ten. An octave is a doubling in frequency. The visual spectrum in frequency terms is 400-790 THz, so it's just under one octave. Humans with great hearing can hear from 20 Hz to 20 KHz, which is ten octaves.

4.) We adopt listening positions. Listening positions are a useful set of perspectives that can help people to be more conscious and effective in communication -- because expert listening can be just as powerful as speaking. For example, men typically adopt a reductive listening position, listening for something, often a point or solution.

Women, by contrast, typically adopt an expansive listening position, enjoying the journey, going with the flow. When unconscious, this mismatch causes a lot of arguments. Other listening positions include judgmental (or critical), active (or reflective), passive (or meditative) and so on. Some are well known and widely used; for example, active listening is trained into many therapists, counselors and educators.

5.) Noise harms and even kills. There is now wealth of evidence about the harmful effect of noise, and yet most people still consider noise a local matter, not the major global issue it has become. According to a 1999 U.S. Census report, Americans named noise as the number one problem in neighborhoods. Of the households surveyed, 11.3 percent stated that street or traffic noise was bothersome, and 4.4 percent said it was so bad that they wanted to move. More Americans are bothered by noise than by crime, odors and other problems listed under "other bothersome conditions." TED.com: Music is medicine, music is sanity 

The European Union says: "Around 20% of the Union's population or close on 80 million people suffer from noise levels that scientists and health experts consider to be unacceptable, where most people become annoyed, where sleep is disturbed and where adverse health effects are to be feared. An additional 170 million citizens are living in so-called 'grey areas' where the noise levels are such to cause serious annoyance during the daytime." The World Health Organization says: "Traffic noise alone is harming the health of almost every third person in the WHO European Region. One in five Europeans is regularly exposed to sound levels at night that could significantly damage health."

The WHO is also the source for the startling statistic about noise killing 200,000 people a year. Its findings (LARES report) estimate that 3 percent of deaths from ischemic heart disease result from long-term exposure to noise. With 7 million deaths a year globally, that means 210,000 people are dying of noise every year. TED.com: Jose Abreu on kids transformed by music

The cost of noise to society is astronomical. The EU again: "Present economic estimates of the annual damage in the EU due to environmental noise range from EUR 13 billion to 38 billion. Elements that contribute are a reduction of housing prices, medical costs, reduced possibilities of land use and cost of lost labour days." (Future Noise Policy European Commission Green Paper 1996). Then there is the effect of noise on social behavior. The U.S. report "Noise and its effects" (Administrative Conference of the United States, Alice Suter, 1991) says: "Even moderate noise levels can increase anxiety, decrease the incidence of helping behavior, and increase the risk of hostile behavior in experimental subjects. These effects may, to some extent, help explain the "dehumanization" of today's urban environment." Perhaps Confucius and Socrates have a point.

6.) Schizophonia is unhealthy. "Schizophonia" describes a state where what you hear and what you see are unrelated. The word was coined by the great Canadian audiologist Murray Schafer and was intended to communicate unhealthiness. Schafer explains: "I coined the term schizophonia intending it to be a nervous word. Related to schizophrenia, I wanted it to convey the same sense of aberration and drama."

My assertion that continual schizophonia is unhealthy is a hypothesis that science could and should test, both at personal and also a social level. You have only to consider the bizarre jollity of train carriages now -- full of lively conversation but none of it with anyone else in the carriage -- to entertain the possibility that this is somehow unnatural. Old-style silence at least had the virtue of being an honest lack of connection with those around us. Now we ignore our neighbors, merrily discussing intimate details of our lives as if the people around us simply don't exist. Surely this is not a positive social phenomenon. 

7. Compressed music makes you tired. However clever the technology and the psychoacoustic algorithms applied, there are many issues with data compression of music, as discussed in this excellent article by Robert Harley back in 1991. My assertion that listening to highly compressed music makes people tired and irritable is based on personal and anecdotal experience - again it's one that I hope will be tested by researchers.

8. Headphone abuse is creating deaf kids. Over 19 percent of American 12 to 19 years old exhibited some hearing loss in 2005-2006, an increase of almost 5 percent since 1988-94 (according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Josef Shargorodsky et al, reported with comments from the researchershere). One university study found that 61 percent of freshmen showed hearing loss (Leeds 2001).

Many audiologists use the rule of thumb that your headphones are too loud if you can't hear someone talking loudly to you. For example, Robert Fifer, an associate professor of audiology and speech pathology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, says: "If you can still hear what people are saying around you, you are at a safe level. If the volume is turned so loudly that you can no longer hear conversation around you, or if someone has to shout at you at a distance of about 2 or 3 feet to get your attention, then you are up in the hazardous noise range." TED.com: Evelyn Glennie shows how to listen

9. Natural sound and silence are good for you. These assertions seem to be uncontroversial. Perhaps they resonate with everyone's experience or instinct.

10. Sound can heal. Both music therapy and sound therapy can be categorized as "sound healing." Music therapy (the use of music to improve health) is a well-established form of treatment in the context of mainstream medicine for many conditions, including dementia and autism. Less mainstream, though intellectually no more difficult to accept, is sound therapy: the use of tones or sounds to improve health through entrainment (affecting one oscillator with a stronger one). This is long-established: shamanic and community chant and the use of various resonators like bells and gongs, date back thousands of years and are still in use in many cultures around the world. Just because something is pre-Enlightenment and not done in hospitals doesn't mean that it's new-age BS. Doubtless there are charlatans offering snake oil (as in many fields), but I suspect there is also much to learn, and just as herbal medicine gave rise to many of the drugs we use today, I suspect there are rich resources and fascinating insights to be gleaned when science starts to unpack the traditions of sound healing.

I hope these thoughts make a contribution to raising awareness of sound and its effects on health. I welcome your reaction, and I will check this forum and respond.

MUSIC TO EXPRESS EMOTION

During adolescence, music becomes part of most teens' identity. Join in by listening to their favorite music. Ask them why a song is important, and pinpoint their favorite lyrics. It's a way to communicate with a teen and get a sense of things that parents might not know, otherwise. It's also a great way to talk about values. Adults don't have to like teens' music, but do need to be respectful of their taste.

The most important years to involve children in music are from birth to age 10. According to Dr. Robin Brey in Neurology Now, music can help create connections in the brain. Songs the family sings together today will be forever connected with family memories. Playing instruments teaches skills that will be used throughout a child's life. Music truly is a gift to a child that keeps on giving. (by Geraldine Espineda~Seibert, October 25, 2010)

MUSIC

Songs teach children skills. The song "B-I-N-G-O" can teach a child how to spell their name, by substituting the letters of the child's name. Children learn the alphabet by singing the "The Alphabet Song". Anything that needs to be memorized can be put to music, including a home address and phone number.

Learning to play instrument increases self-esteem, develops fine motor skills and, in the case of brass and wind instruments. oral motor skills as well. Reading music develops reading aptitude, eye-hand coordination and math skills. Playing an instrument enhances social relationships and teaches discipline. Often, children who play an instrument eran better grades and stay in school longer, notes the National Association for Music Education.
(by Geraldine Espineda~Seibert, Member of Music Teachers National Association MTNA, Richmond Music Teachers Association RMTA and Virginia Music Teachers Association VMTA; to be auditioned as Member of the Richmond Symphony Chorus, November 27, 2008)

 

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"The Human Voice is one of the Most Beautiful and Purest of Art Forms." The Singer being the only musical instrument that is granted the privilege of bringing resonance to Words! And then injecting them with LIFE and EMOTION!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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