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What Are the Effects of Music on the Brain?

Posted by Katie Gayle on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

Photo by Sascha Kohlmann / CC BY-SA

In the past few decades, neuroscientists have discovered ways to monitor how different stimuli affect the brain. When the brain processes a new sense – through touch, sight or sound – neurons fire electrical impulses, sending microscopic messages to each other. With emerging technology, scientists can see the brainwaves that music creates and watch how the brain processes sound.

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Can Music Lessons Reduce Aggression?

Posted by Casey Thomas on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

In the article below, I found myself pondering the question, "Can music lessons really reduce aggressions in individuals?" 

Many of us enjoy reading or writing books, practicing and playing a given sport, or even mastering or inventing ideas you might have. In doing so, you are able to release the ability and the drive to move forward in life through the gift of creativity. This also releases the ability to change your feelings, your mood and your outlook on life and the individuals you intereact with.

This article moved me. Thought it best to share. It's kind of amazing how music drives us. This is just another way of looking at its power. Enjoy!

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Why Do Our Children Quit Piano Lessons?

Posted by Casey Thomas on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 03:37 PM

 

Have you ever heard somone say, "I used to take piano lessons as a child, and I wish my parents would have never let me quit"? I'm guessing that you have at least once.

This has became a common mantra that I hear often, not only as a music instructor, but as an individual. I started asking some of my students as to why they think their kids want to learn how to play the piano. Here's a few of the reasons I recently discovered:

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Music Education and Cognitive Development

Posted by Anthony Miller on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

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New Technology for Music Education

Posted by Anthony Miller on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 08:31 PM

Music - for those who love it - is a life-long pursuit.  The landscape of the musical world is constantly changing, not only is sound and style, but also in the way we consume and distribute music.  As music teachers and instructors, the job sometimes becomes even more complex.

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