Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friends of Carolers Sing Outside Mozart, Einstein & Me!

Melissa Atienza, arranged to have the Friends of Carolers sing outside Mozart, Einstein & Me!

Melissa Atienza is a violin teacher with a diverse background. Melissa Atienza began her private violin studies at the age of 10 with teachers Dr. Rose Puertollano and Reby Alejaga at the Univeristy of Sto. Tomas and St. Scholastica Conservatory of Music in the Philippines. Her first teaching experience was during her college days. She assisted the members of the De La Salle University Pops Orchestra in the Philippines with practicing of orchestra pieces under their maestro, Eliezer San Felipe.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Glen Walp and Stan Houston Help to Bring the Holiday Spirit to Mozart, Einstein & Me

Glen Walp and Stan Houston sharing the holiday spirit at Mozart, Einstein & Me.

Glen Walp and the Benicia Middle School Band filled the store with excitement as they prepared for their performance at the annual Benicia Downtown Open House and Holiday Tree Lighting. The band's performance was extra special as this was the last time Glen would be conducting the BMS band at this annual holiday event!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Pickles to Penguins Party Game by Outset Media

Pickles to Penguins is the quick-thinking picture-linking party game! Don't fret if the party gets frantic - the guests are probably just having a blast playing Pickles to Penguins - the quick-paced party game where you link the pictures to win. This group game for party time will have your guests laughing, if you're not arguing! 

Get rid of your cards the quickest by figuring out what your cards and the cards in play have in common. Do they share a colour? Are they both things you find in a salad or bring to a party? For example, the PICTURE has to have something in common with the other picture like: MILK and HONEY go in tea or CLOVER attracts BEES or KITES and HOT AIR BALLOONS fly in the sky - just make the pictures link together and you have a connection!

Pickles to Penguins is available at Mozart, Einstein & Me!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

MindWare's Fun Family Game: QBitz

If you're a quick thinker, have a good eye, or just always seem to get the luck of the draw, then QBitz is the game for you! Since four people can play at a time, it's perfect for family game night.

QBitz is available at Mozart, Einstein & Me!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Secrets of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” - Joshua Borths

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”) is widely regarded as one of the most influential operas in history. And while it may seem like a childish fairytale at first glance, it’s actually full of subversive symbolism. Joshua Borths explains how many elements of "The Magic Flute" were inspired by Mozart’s somewhat controversial involvement with Freemasonry.

Lesson by Joshua Borths, animation by TED-Ed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

"An attitude of gratitude brings great things.
-Yogi Bhajan 

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Listening to Music Found to Lower Blood Pressure

(Reuters Health) - Listening to half an hour of music each day may significantly lower your blood pressure, according to research reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans this week.

In the study, researchers found that people with mild hypertension (high blood pressure) who listened to classical, Celtic or Indian (raga) music for just 30 minutes a day for one month had significant reductions in their blood pressure.

"Listening to music is soothing and has often been associated with controlling patient-reported pain or anxiety and acutely reducing blood pressure," study investigator Dr. Pietro A. Modesti, of the University of Florence in Italy, noted in a written statement from the meeting. "But for the first time, today's results clearly illustrate the impact daily music listening has on ambulatory blood pressure."

Ambulatory blood pressure refers to readings taken repeatedly over the course of a day.

A total of 48 adults ages 45 to 70 who were taking medication to control mild hypertension took part in the study. Of these, 28 listened to 30 minutes of "rhythmically homogenous" classical, Celtic or raga music daily while practicing slow, controlled breathing exercises. The remaining 20 participants, serving as the control group, made no changes to their daily routine.

Blood pressure readings obtained one and four weeks later showed that systolic blood pressure - the top number in the blood pressure reading - dropped significantly in the music listeners. In contrast, the control group experienced only small, non-significant reductions in blood pressure.

"We are excited about the positive implications for both patients and physicians, who can now confidently explore music listening as a safe, effective, non-pharmacological treatment option or a complement to therapy," Modesti said.

"Sadly, despite the global focus on prevention, it is predicted that 56 billion people worldwide will be hypertensive by 2025," Modesti added. "In light of these devastating statistics, it is reassuring to consider that something as simple, easy and enjoyable as daily music listening combined with slow abdominal breathing, may help people naturally lower their blood pressure."

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