Monday, December 29, 2014

Singing - The Seven Reasons Why it is Good For Your Health

1. Diaphragm breathing is beneficial to your body. In today's computer focused society, most of us just don't get the air that we need to be as energetic, as full of life, as is natural for maintaining a healthy body. We are a race of shallow breathers! And yet -- breath is life!

Most students find that after only one or two lessons, they are experiencing a greater sense of well-being. And that is even before getting to the singing, singing your music, which is the fun part!

2. It develops a keener focus. What is crucial here is finding yourself a good teacher and then really listening to what your teacher says. Then, after applying yourself totally, you will find yourself developing a keener and keener focus! And that's all genius is, after all -- "pure focus".

A keen focus is a most valuable asset, all the way from personal relationships to board meetings. And you will find that all highly successful people have a keen, very well developed sense of focus.

3. It challenges you. In midlife, we often become stagnant. We consider ourselves finished with learning, maybe comfortable, maybe secure, but deep inside somewhere we are wondering where the excitement is -- wondering where the spark has gone; where the fun is.

Challenges wake you up. They get your juices flowing. You will find that nothing quite matches the thrill of singing your music your way. You will also find that along the way, you have become more interested in life and have also become a more interesting individual.

4. It is crucial to self expression. Singing is an outlet for that all important self expression. Most often, in our jobs there is just no avenue to adequately express ourselves and so we are left feeling empty and frustrated.

Expressing ourselves in our own unique way is a vital need for each one of us. And besides, you may just find yourself pleasantly surprised with the voice that you uncover, when you learn to sing your music and you do it your way.

5. It is a confidence booster. Singing is an extremely personal thing. You yourself are the instrument. There is no hiding what you are feeling inside. As you learn to sing, you will find yourself stretching and growing in many wonderful ways.

So, once you have made it to a level of some skill and ease in your singing, you will find that you have developed a degree of confidence. If you are a shy person, boosting your confidence is a most wonderful gift to give yourself, enabling you to be a calmer, more relaxed individual.

6. It is a fantastic release. Singing is a great way to deal with all that stress that life has a habit of throwing at us. That is, after all, how and why the blues were born; and why they are still so popular today.

Expressing your music and venting your emotions, creates a release that is most beneficial to your body. You let go of all that harmful tension that can build up and do damage.

7. It improves your hearing. By developing your "listening skills" you may just discover that you are actually hearing better; hearing more than you used to, regardless of your age. Really using your ears is good for them and can improve their functioning.

Most students with pitch problems find that it's always the same old reason; not really listening. Once they learn to begin to develop their listening skills, they find everything starts turning around for them as they really begin singing.

So there you have it. Whether you are painfully shy or just oozing with confidence you will find that learning to sing your music and most importantly, singing it your way, will add quality to  your life. It's well worth the effort. Well worth the challenge. And in the end, you may just find that your music is something valuable to share.

Gail Karen (G.K.) Eckert is a vocalist, musician, songwriter and teacher. She founded Musikhaus Studio of Creativity in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 1987 and continues to guide students through the crucial steps of learning to sing. She believes that anyone can learn to sing, given the proper guidance and encouragement. She also believes that singing your music your way is not only a fun past time but is also crucial to self expression and well being. Visit her site and try her free "Improve your Breathing" course. http://www.YourMusicYourWay.com  gk@YourMusicYourWay.com
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gifts for the Brain - Music, Art, Science


ABC Music expands its products for right-hand-side brain development for all ages. Puzzles, toys, electronic kits, and gifts based on the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, MC Escher, and Vincent Van Gogh. You won't find another store with this incredible selection.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The ABC Singers Present: "A Gleeful Christmas" Tomorrow Night!


Come join us for a fantastic holiday concert featuring music in the style of the hit television series, "Glee!"

8pm - Thursday, December 18th at Panama Coffee, Livermore


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tom Thum: The Orchestra in My Mouth



In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Music Lessons Benefit The Brain



Linda Ciampa reports on new research that shows a few years of music lessons as a child, benefit the brain for decades.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Parenting Tips - The Benefits of Exposing Children To Music



Fernando Pullman, MA Director of Performing Arts & Educational Specialist, shares advice for parents on how playing music can benefit children and help their self-esteem.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

How to Pick the Right Musical Instrument for You

You may already know about how powerful music can be. People sing different songs every day and enjoy listening to it throughout the day. Instead of getting distracted, some believe they are better at what they do when there's music in the background. Others find the soothing sound of music to be effective in putting themselves to sleep.

For these reasons, music enjoyment is considered essential to the well-being of people. So many passionate musicians around the world, novices and professionals alike, enjoy singing or dancing to music. There are some who want to enjoy their favorite tunes more intimately by learning to play an instrument.

If you are trying to become the next most admired musician of your generation, it is high time for you to start learning to play a musical instrument of your liking. How do you decide on which piece to learn, you ask? Here are some tips you may want to consider:

1. Pick the one that excites you.

People who are happy and successful in what they do believe that you can never become too good at doing what you love to do. The same principle applies to playing your favorite instrument. Make sure you are more interested in that guitar more than you adore the piano. Depending on your ability, you can take both but choose the best ones producing a sound that mesmerizes you and best enjoy playing. There may be challenges during the training and learning period, but make it a fun and rewarding activity for you.

2. Consider your skill.

Have you heard experts sharing their thoughts about matching what you can do with the choices you have? This applies to selecting an instrument to play. Are you great at strumming or plucking the guitar? Do your hands and fingers seem like they have a mind of their own when you touch the piano? Does a beat seem to naturally come to you when you hit the drums? Pay attention to what your strengths are, and pick the musical tool that will let you enhance it.

3. Ask yourself: Am I patient enough and truly willing to learn to play this instrument?

Master musicians make it look easy, but the truth is, a great deal of time and effort are necessary to succeed at it. For one, this may entail enrolling in a good school for training. Make sure you have the right attitude for it. You may want to get electric guitar lessons or ask around for piano or violin training sessions from people you know. They say you can do everything with hard work and dedication. You will need just that in order to learn how to play your favorite instrument well.

If you are highly interested in playing a musical instrument yet clueless about how or where to start, don't fret. There is a world of possibilities and opportunities for you to start exercising your musical genius. By making the right choice, you can be closer to your dream of playing your favorite song and in the version of your own for others to love.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

ABC Music Store & Academy Would Like to Wish You and Your Family a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Armless Child Plays Trumpet



Born without arms, ten-year-old Jahmir Wallace makes his dreams of playing the trumpet a reality with help from a local music store and supportive administrators.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cello Wars (Star Wars Parody) Lightsaber Duel - ThePianoGuys



Cello Wars (Star Wars Parody) Lightsaber Duel - ThePianoGuys

Long ago in a galaxy far, far away...

We bring you CELLO WARS! A result of 6 months of production...our most ambitious undertaking by far! Why Star Wars Cello? Because of our unending admiration of George Lucas, John Williams, and the most EPIC movies and film score ever created. The idea originated when Tel Stewart was editing THE CELLO SONG here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry4Bzo.... As a joke he decided to add light sabers to Steven Sharp Nelson's bow during the outtakes. Fans cried out for more. Al van der Beek and Steven Sharp Nelson storyboarded the song and the video concept while they were scouting locations for MOONLIGHT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRVvFY.... But it was Steven Sharp Nelson's son Eli (6) that was the true inspiration for the project -- his enthusiasm for Star Wars, light sabers, and watching his daddy wield one while playing cello fueled the project continually.

We announced CELLO WARS on September 19, 2011 thinking we'd be able to deliver on our promise within a few weeks. We had NO IDEA. 70 days later, more than 7,000 frames, 72 audio tracks, 24 hours of filming through the night in front of a green screen, the most props and costumes we've ever used, several broken bows and strings, and over 1,000 hours of editing and rendering -- we felt like we had taken on the entire EMPIRE!

Tel Stewart is THE MAN. He is the reason this worked. He is the man behind the green screen -- behind the editing bay -- behind all the cool effects. He had to edit every single frame in order to make the light sabers work (a total of over 7,000 frames)! We now have a Piano Guys Hall of Fame and he was recently the first inductee.

Original music composed by the AMAZING John Williams
Arrangement written and produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Steven Sharp Nelson: Electric Cellos/Vocals/Percussion
Al van der Beek: Vocals/percussion
Starring Steven Sharp Nelson and his Doppelganger (Jedi/Sith),
Al van der Beek as Darth Vader
Paul Anderson as Chewbacca

Costume Designer: Alison Morris http://www.legendaryattire.com (An AMAZING Costume designer!)

Special thanks to
CEC-TV in St. George for the use of their green screen studio
CMI at Dixie State College letting us use their Sony F3
Ben Braten For the constant advice for visual effects
Will Stucki for letting us borrow the cymbals and gong!

Special thanks to Video Copilot (http://www.VideoCopilot.net) for the education and training they provide on their website. (Go buy Optical flares! It is amazing) Their tutorials are so good. If you want to get into what Tel did here go watch all their stuff.

Video produced by Paul Anderson & Tel Stewart
All filming, effects and editing by Tel Stewart

We used the following John Williams Star Wars Movie Themes (in order of appearance)
The Imperial March (Empire Strikes Back Theme)
Duel of the Fates (From Episode 1)
May the Force Be With You
Star Wars Main Theme
Cantina Band (from Episode 4)

All FIVE melodies enter one by one at the end and stack on top of each other until all of them are being played at the same time.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fascinating Facts About the Ukulele

The ukulele has been present and popular in history since approximately the 1880s. Originally from Hawaii, the ukulele is now globally recognised as one of the popular instruments of our time. Easy to play and nice to look at, many people have taken on the ukulele as their instrument of choice.

Both adults and children play the ukulele. It is very popular in youth centres and schools as youngsters find it relatively easy to get the hang of, and this encourages them to further develop their talents and skills with reading and writing music. It is also very versatile, meaning it can be played in a variety of genre of music - indie band Noah and the Whale use the ukulele in their songs but it has also been played by legends such as former Beatles star George Harrison (who used to buy ukuleles as presents for people).

Ukuleles, sometimes abbreviated to the term 'Uke', are made from both wood and plastic, although the general and original material is wood. There are, as with most things, cheaper ones available as well as very expensive models, which can be worth thousands. Cheaper models are made from laminate or ply woods, or occasionally spruce. The most valuable ones are made from a wood called Koa, which originates from Hawaii and is well known for its attractive colour and fine tone. Other expensive, but still affordable ukuleles are made from woods such as mahogany, which is also known for its distinctive colour and sturdiness.

Ukuleles also come in four different common sizes; baritone, tenor, soprano and concert. Less commonly, bass ukuleles and sopraninos can also be found, but these are at the extreme ends of the ukulele sizing spectrum. The smallest is the soprano, which in Hawaii is alo known as the standard size. This was also the original size of the instrument. The larger sizes were developed to create deeper bass and more volume as it became more widely used in concerts and festivities.

Ukuleles typically resemble a small acoustic guitar, with figure eight style bodies. However, oval ones are also made, which are called 'pineapple' ukuleles. The Kamaka ukulele company invented a paddle shaped version and even a square shape is available (this is often made from an old cigar box).

There have also been instruments that are based on the ukulele that are also well known; these include the harp ukulele and the banjo ukulele.

Ukuleles can make excellent gifts for people, especially if they are musically inclined or have expressed an interest in learning an instrument. Most retailers will include a guide book or DVD for a beginner, which means that they will not have to buy this separately. As they are classed as easy to play, some people choose not to take lessons initially, as they feel they can grasp the basics themselves.  

As Christmas fast approaches, it may be an ideal time to start thinking of what to buy for the important people in your life, and music is definitely a topic which inspires and interests a lot of people.
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Benefits of Exposing Children To Music - Fernando Pullum, MA



Fernando Pullman, MA Director of Performing Arts & Educational Specialist, shares advice for parents on how playing music can benefit children and help their self-esteem.

Monday, October 27, 2014

How Learning to Play Instruments is Beneficial to Students

Often times when a school struggles with money, they tend to get rid of art classes such as band first. When a child cannot learn these skills at school it is important to have piano lessons or even guitar lessons. Regardless of where a student learns to play, they can still discover the advantageous of music. A band class can help a teen meet new people and make good friends. Colleges look for well-rounded people and they like to see applicants who have taken some music class. It has been shown that learning how to play in instrument can actually alter a kid's brain and help them learn better in other classes. It is advantageous for a kid to be in a band class.

Being in a class with others who share the same passion to learn can really help a kid make new friends. There is such a variety of people who love music and want to learn how to play an instrument. This will, at least, help get teens exposed to different people because later on in life one has to interact with so many various people. Making friends can at times be a little difficult, so finding others with the same interest can begin a bond between the two. Kids who have an easier time interacting with different people have good social skills.

In high school all teens can think about is what they can do to get into the best college. They do sports, join clubs, and most importantly strive to do well in the classroom. While in high school music classes does not seem very important, it can help in getting into a good college. Universities are looking for kids who are very well-rounded. This does include sports and clubs, but it too comprises of the arts. They believe that art helps a person to understand the world they are in a bit better. Colleges really like to see some type of art, such as band, on a teen application.

Kids really should be immersed in music from a young age. It has been found that children who learn to play an instrument find it easier to understand their native language and to learn a new language. Those who have studied music find word patterns in new languages they study. Musicians are also more focused people. It has been discovered that kids who had studied music have an easier time focusing. They are distracted by fewer things in the classroom as they learn which can lead to better grades.

Kids really need to learn how to play an instrument from somewhere. Through the experience a teen can make a lot of close bonds with others. Those who want to go to college should really find classes with art because universities want kids who are well-rounded. Music can help kids with languages as well as focus which are both vital in the classroom. There are so many benefits to a kid learning how to play an instrument.

Connor R. Sullivan and his wife recently searched the term piano lessons Minneapolis St Paul online for help finding a music teacher for their children. His wife enrolled their daughter at a local music center for guitar lessons Minneapolis St Paul during the fall.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

A Different Way to Visualize Rhythm - John Varney



In standard notation, rhythm is indicated on a musical bar line. But there are other ways to visualize rhythm that can be more intuitive. John Varney describes the ‘wheel method’ of tracing rhythm and uses it to take us on a musical journey around the world.

Lesson by John Varney, animation by TED-Ed.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Expand Your Playlist - Kaiser Permanente Thrive Radio Ad



"There's a reason why you see so many people walking around with earphones. We love listening to music. Music makes us feel good." Studies show that music actually reduced depression and anxiety.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Physiological Musical Benefits



Menzie Pittman, a member of the National Association of Music Merchants, discusses the physiological benefits of participating in recreational music making.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Daria van den Bercken: Why I Take the Piano on the Road … and in the Air



Pianist Daria van den Bercken fell in love with the baroque keyboard music of George Frideric Handel. Now, she aims to ignite this passion in others. In this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of his music — while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Last Benicia Art Walk of the Season This Saturday!



Celebration of Local Young Artists


Saturday, October 11th
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Event Promises Art, Entertainment, and an Exploration of Steampunk

The Benicia Second Saturdays Art Walk kicks off the 2014 season at 21 downtown venues that include businesses, galleries, and public art.

Boasting one of the most active arts communities in the Bay Area, Benicia is home to over 200 artists, including painters, sculptors, stained and blown glass artists, printmakers and bookbinders, textile and ceramic artists, jewelers and multi-media artists.

Benicia Art Walk presents the opportunity to experience art in Benicia, and for visitors to enjoy the dining, shopping, music, and history that Benicia has become known for.

The Art Walk takes place in Benicia's historic downtown First Street area, from Military East to the scenic waterfront along the Carquinez Strait. Spend the day strolling our downtown, take in some of our exciting art offerings, and take advantage of the opportunity to shop and dine, too.

To download the brochure, please click HERE

Friday, October 3, 2014

Pianos : How Do Pianos Work?



Pianos work through six main mechanisms; the pedals, the metal frame, the soundboard and bridges, the action, the casing and the strings. Learn how these mechanisms work together to create sounds and effects on a piano from an experienced piano player in this free video on pianos.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Violin Lessons : Various Types of Violins



There are many different types of violins that you can try. Find a violin that works for you with help from an experienced performer and teacher in this free video on musical instruments.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Why Music Causes Different Emotions



Music causes different emotions by stimulating a primal part of the brain and by creating conflict between the consonant and the dissonant. Discover ways in which music evokes different emotions with tips from a professional musician in this free video.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Learning To Play A Musical Instrument And Building Life Skills



In this one minute video, professional musician David Motto, provides a shining example of the life skills one gains while learning to play an instrument. In addition to improving your musical talents, as you grow and improve, you gain passion. Passion helps you achieve your goals and others feed off of this energy wherever you are--in the office, on the soccer field, or at home with your family. There's so much more to gain when you practice playing your musical instrument.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Music and Math: The Genius of Beethoven - Natalya St. Clair



How is it that Beethoven, who is celebrated as one of the most significant composers of all time, wrote many of his most beloved songs while going deaf? The answer lies in the math behind his music. Natalya St. Clair employs the "Moonlight Sonata" to illustrate the way Beethoven was able to convey emotion and creativity using the certainty of mathematics.

Lesson by Natalya St. Clair, animation by Qa'ed Mai.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

2014 Benicia Art Walk - Walk on Art: The Granizo Tiles



Walk on Art: The Granizo Tiles


Saturday, September 13th
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Event Promises Art, Entertainment, and an Exploration of Steampunk

The Benicia Second Saturdays Art Walk kicks off the 2014 season at 21 downtown venues that include businesses, galleries, and public art.

Boasting one of the most active arts communities in the Bay Area, Benicia is home to over 200 artists, including painters, sculptors, stained and blown glass artists, printmakers and bookbinders, textile and ceramic artists, jewelers and multi-media artists.

Benicia Art Walk presents the opportunity to experience art in Benicia, and for visitors to enjoy the dining, shopping, music, and history that Benicia has become known for.

The Art Walk takes place in Benicia's historic downtown First Street area, from Military East to the scenic waterfront along the Carquinez Strait. Spend the day strolling our downtown, take in some of our exciting art offerings, and take advantage of the opportunity to shop and dine, too.

To download the brochure, please click HERE

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Why We Love Repetition in Music - Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis



How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us into music as active participants, rather than passive listeners.

Lesson by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, animation by Andrew Zimbelman for The Foreign Correspondents' Club.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Story of My Life (One Direction -- Piano/Cello Cover) - ThePianoGuys



As we began our arrangement of One Direction's "Story of My Life" we wanted it to feel like each note of the music was a word in a vivid story being told. When writing a song sometimes you just need a little spark. That catalyst came from a piece of classical music -- one that had such a "storybook feel" to it that we gleaned inspiration from it: Saint-Saëns' "Aquarium" from his Suite "Carnival of the Animals."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Piano and Child's IQ

There have been countless studies done, such as those done at the University of Toronto and the University of Wisconsin, that indicate that playing the piano enhances the IQ of children. The premise of these groundbreaking studies is that children have higher levels of plasticity in their brain, which comes along with learning and developing, and playing the piano stimulates the brain, making it stronger. Buying a keyboard after the age of 15 in the hopes of boosting your overall IQ probably won't garner the same results that are expected of a child. But the question remains; why does playing the piano improve the IQ of children; why does playing the piano makes kids smarter?

The first step in understanding the salutary aspects of the piano lies in the brain, or rather, the observation of how it works. The brain is comprised of countless millions of neural pathways, all of which have the capability of being stimulated and transformed. When neural pathways are used often, those pathways become easier to access and utilize in the future. Playing the piano activates many neural pathways through various activities associated in playing it.

First of all the act of reading music, recognizing a symbol and translating it into sound, helps tremendously with linguistic/language-oriented parts of the brain. Reading music and associating each symbol with a sound is language in its rawest form. When a child learns to read music, even on a basic level, they are hitting those neural pathways associated with auditory learning, thus improving their cognitive abilities in that area. Playing the piano helps the child better recognize, decipher, and interpret sound and language.

The second part of how a child's IQ is boosted from playing the piano is in the coordination that the child must use to play the piano. When the child learns to hit certain keys on the piano to play notes (and with a specific technique), the child is improving their coordination both cognitively and physically. However, in regard to IQ, we will focus of the cognitive benefits of playing the piano. When a child learns the order of the keys of the piano and how they arranged according to pitch and intonation, they have encoded a distinct pattern. In practicing the pattern, they are better able to recognize patterns and are better able to coordinate their approaches to those patterns.

The third part of how a child's IQ is boosted from playing the piano is perhaps the most exciting part of a child's development; learning ability. Given the significant aforementioned plasticity of the young brain, it only makes sense that a child's learning ability is profoundly distinguished in these early stages. Learning how to play the piano activates the neural pathways for learning, posing those pathways to learn new, more complex concepts that don't necessarily have anything to do with the piano. It all has to do with the way the brain encodes the systematic learning processes that go along with learning the piano. In a way, it is like experience for the brain, valuable experience that poses the child to learn more intricate systems with much more ease than his/her peers.

It seems as though there is no end to the benefits brought upon us through the piano. The education of children is, of course, is an extremely important component to the future of our society, if not the primary one.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Music and Creativity in Ancient Greece - Tim Hansen



You think you love music? You have nothing on the Ancient Greek obsession. Every aspect of Greek life was punctuated by song: history, poetry, theater, sports and even astronomy. In fact, music was so important to Greek philosopher Plato that he claimed the music we listen to directly affects our ethics. Tim Hansen wonders what Plato might have to say about the music we listen to today.

 Lesson by Tim Hansen, animation by TOGETHER.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jazz Guitarist Stanley Jordan on Music Therapy Benefits



Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan tells WSJ's Lee Hawkins about his study of music therapy and how it's used to help people overcome illnesses and chronic conditions. Photo: Stanley Jordan

Saturday, August 16, 2014

5 Year-Old Piano Prodigy Ryan Wang Performs for 101 Year-Old Dorothy Landry



CBC Music asked 5 year old Piano Prodigy to perform some of his repertoire for Dorothy Landry.

Dorothy is 101 years old and perhaps Ryan's biggest fan. Even though she has seen him perform before she is hard of hearing so never fully got to experience Ryan playing. She gets a front row seat for this performance.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Megan Washington: Why I Live in Mortal Dread of Public Speaking



Megan Washington is one of Australia's premier singer/songwriters. And, since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this bold and personal talk, she reveals how she copes with this speech impediment—from avoiding the letter combination “st” to tricking her brain by changing her words at the last minute to, yes, singing the things she has to say rather than speaking them.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

2014 Benicia Art Walk - Benicia Peddler's Fair



Benicia Peddler’s Fair, look for Art Walk banners


Saturday, August 9th
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Event Promises Art, Entertainment, and an Exploration of Steampunk

The Benicia Second Saturdays Art Walk kicks off the 2014 season at 21 downtown venues that include businesses, galleries, and public art.

Boasting one of the most active arts communities in the Bay Area, Benicia is home to over 200 artists, including painters, sculptors, stained and blown glass artists, printmakers and bookbinders, textile and ceramic artists, jewelers and multi-media artists.

Benicia Art Walk presents the opportunity to experience art in Benicia, and for visitors to enjoy the dining, shopping, music, and history that Benicia has become known for.

The Art Walk takes place in Benicia's historic downtown First Street area, from Military East to the scenic waterfront along the Carquinez Strait. Spend the day strolling our downtown, take in some of our exciting art offerings, and take advantage of the opportunity to shop and dine, too.

To download the brochure, please click HERE

Monday, August 4, 2014

What Is A Woodwind Instrument? Facts About Flutes

What is a woodwind instrument? The woodwind instruments are instruments that produce sound as a result of air flowing through them. Instruments that belong to this family include the oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and flute. While all of the other instruments mentioned are actually classified as reed instruments because that is the way that the air flows through them, the flute is an instrument that makes its sound from air being blown across an opening. The openings are closed or kept open depending on the notes that the flute player would like to produce. The flute is easily one of the most difficult instruments to master, but it is also one of the most beautiful sounding instruments as it is often used to signify light and joy in music.

Some fun facts

There are many things that you should know about the flute before you start playing, not least the myriad of fun facts that surround the instrument itself.

  • A flute player is most commonly referred to as a flautist or a flutist. The less common version of that is a fluter, but that is an old English term that is seldom used anymore.

  • The flute family has got five types of flute that you can choose from in terms of playing. There is the piccolo, alto, tenor, bass and contrabass flute. The piccolo generates the highest pitched sounds and the contrabass flute, the lowest pitched sound.

  • The most popular concert flute is pitched to play in the key of C as that is the universal key, and it has a range of about three octaves.

  • The flute is one of the most common instruments throughout history. The earliest example of it was found in Germany (c.35, 000 BCE), but other cultures such as the Chinese and Japanese are famous for their flutes as well.

  • Throughout history, the flute has been made of several different types of materials including resin, brass, bone, wood and sliver. Silver is the most popular material that the flute is made from today.

  • Lots of famous people throughout history have taken up the flute as a hobby, one of the most famous being Leonardo Da Vinci who believed that the pursuit of music made man a smarter being.
If you are interested in playing the flute, you should start right away. It is a beautiful and very rewarding instrument to learn and you can enjoy many happy years with your flute.

If you want to learn to play the flute at a great music school, you should go to Phoenix Benedict Music Academy. Renowned for its world-class standard of tuition, this is one music school that truly has it all when it comes to tailored music tuition. Every teacher is certified, and you too can gain not only an international accreditation, but a great education as well. For more info, visit us at http://www.pbmusicacademy.com
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Friday, August 1, 2014

7 Ways That Learning a New Instrument Can Help You

You may have been thinking about learning how to play a new instrument, or you may have been thinking about enrolling your child in music lessons. For many people, they just do not understand how much learning a new instrument can help them or their child in the end. Here are just a few ways how learning a new instrument can help you.

You can learn how to express yourself. Music has always been a way for people to outlet emotions. Feelings of happiness, anger, and sadness are all common emotions that have been vented through music. Many people feel so much better after they have been able to play their instrument for a little while when they are feeling pent up with emotions and cannot express it adequately.

Expressing yourself through music is a safe way to let those negative emotions. Rather than having an outburst at someone you love, you will be able to pick up your instrument of choice and play it all out until you feel better. You will not have harmed anyone with your words, fists, or other actions that you cannot take back.

It may become a new hobby. Learning an instrument is a great way to pass the time. Numbers of people have started a hobby and then stopped it because they became bored or found something better to do. Playing an instrument that you love never gets boring or dull. Some people love their hobby so much that they decide to teach it to others or to join a band.

You can meet new people. If you decide to play in front of others, you will be amazed at how many connections you make with other people who love music. While music can be a solitary experience, it can be a very social one, too. It is all about what you are comfortable. At the very least, you will meet a new professional through the person who gives you lessons.

It may open up a new world to you. Once you start playing an instrument, you will become more aware of the separate sounds in your favorite songs. You will be able to pick out certain things about musical instruments that you were likely never aware of before. You will be amazed at all of the knowledge that you have learned when you have a good professional teacher helping you to learn all aspect of your musical endeavor.

You may have something to fall back on. Some people may not realize just how much music can bring to them. After learning for so long, a person may be inclined to study music professionally or to teach it as a side job or career. You never know what you might feel after you have gotten so far with your music lessons.

Learning a new instrument is continuous. When you learn how to play your favorite musical instrument, there will never be a time when you decide that you are done learning. There is always something new to learn or a way to play. You will get comfortable playing in a certain way and have your own style, but you will always be able to improve and learn more as you go on.

Playing an instrument is a healthy way to have fun. It can be easy to get involved in less healthy habits when you find yourself with a lot of time to spare and nothing to do. Learning how to play an instrument takes up that extra time and keeps people out of trouble. If you find yourself picking up bad habits, take that time to pick up your instrument instead. You may wean yourself off your habit more easily than you expected.

LetsPlayGuitar offers music lessons to children, ages seven years and up, to adults of all ages. These lessons can teach anyone how to play the electric or acoustic guitar in privacy or inside of a school. Two full time Professional RGT Registered Tutors and BA Hons in Music qualified teachers are confident that they will be able to teach anyone of any skill level new techniques and applications that will have students playing better than they ever had before. LetsPlayGuitar was awarded "Most Loved Music Teacher in Gloucestershire 2013" By TheBestOf.co.uk, and hundreds of students have enjoyed learning with the best of the best. For more information about LetsPlayGuitar, please visit the website at http://www.letsplayguitar.co.uk or call 07816 900422.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain - Anita Collins



When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Lesson by Anita Collins, animation by Sharon Colman Graham.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Benefits of Music in the Workplace



The Benefits of Music in the Workplace by Menzie Pittman of the Contemporary Music Center, Founder, Director of Education & the NAMM Foundation

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Healing Qualities Of Music

Recent studies have confirmed what some experts have believed for many years - music has healing powers. The proliferation of diseases, especially the chronic and terminal type, demands that humanity looks for solutions from all viable sources. This quest explains the growth of the alternative medicine industry. Admittedly, there are still many health complications that baffle doctors. There are no cures for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. In almost every community, there are terminally ill people, waiting to die any minute. Many of these are isolated in homes, or taken and abandoned in hospices. For such unfortunate persons, music can bring relief and healing even as doctors continue to search for a permanent cure.

Studies show that music helps to assuage pain. Pain is one of the most dreadful aspects of disease. Pharmaceutical companies discovered this fact a long time ago and created pain-killers. Consequently, every time one feels some throbbing in any part of the body, the natural tendency is to ask for a pain-killer. Music is a priceless but effective method of alleviating pain. Patients listening to music experience quick relief from pain than those who don't. Next time you experience headache, try music and see the wonders of melodies and beats.

Parkinson's disease patients also experience better moods and have greater mobility when they listen to music. People suffering from this illness are usually the elderly. Their families undergo a lot of financial and mental agony as they seek to aid patients to live a near-normal life. Music, however, can be used to bring back some life and energy to such individuals. This stems from the fact that music stimulates the brain, where all mobility is coordinated. If you have a Parkinson's patient, try exposing them to music and you will some transformation.

However, it is important to understand that not all kinds of music will create a healing effect in patients. Different types of music have varying effects on people. It is advisable to let a patient to listen to the type of music he or she likes. The sick person tends to associate music with some experiences. Relatives and friends need to help such patients to make person to identify the right kind of music. Generally, though, soft music with moderate beats tends to have a more powerful impact than fast-paced and loud songs. For example, hymns and blues would be more efficacious in this regard, than hip hop. In the final analysis, though, the music that uplifts the patient's mood and engenders positive thinking and attitude has the greatest healing effect.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2014 Benicia Art Walk - A Great Summer Day by the Bay, Go Fly a Kite!


A Great Summer Day by the Bay
Go Fly a Kite!


Saturday, July 12th
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Event Promises Art, Entertainment, and an Exploration of Steampunk

The Benicia Second Saturdays Art Walk kicks off the 2014 season at 21 downtown venues that include businesses, galleries, and public art.

Boasting one of the most active arts communities in the Bay Area, Benicia is home to over 200 artists, including painters, sculptors, stained and blown glass artists, printmakers and bookbinders, textile and ceramic artists, jewelers and multi-media artists.

Benicia Art Walk presents the opportunity to experience art in Benicia, and for visitors to enjoy the dining, shopping, music, and history that Benicia has become known for.

The Art Walk takes place in Benicia's historic downtown First Street area, from Military East to the scenic waterfront along the Carquinez Strait. Spend the day strolling our downtown, take in some of our exciting art offerings, and take advantage of the opportunity to shop and dine, too.

To download the brochure, please click HERE

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Benefits Of Learning To Play A Musical Instrument

Learning to play a musical instrument is a skill that benefits the musician physically, intellectually and socially throughout their lifetime.

Fine motor coordination

Have you ever noticed how clumsy a chimpanzee is? While immensely stronger than a human being, a chimpanzee is unable to perform delicate tasks. Somewhere along the line humans traded strength for dexterity and rose to the top of the food chain as tool makers.

Learning a musical instrument capitalizes on our natural abilities and hones our fine motor skills through repeated practice.

Group identity

Have you ever heard a grown up call themselves a "band nerd"? Be it a band nerd, or a groupie who is "with the band", learning an instrument in a group setting as is done in most schools provides a format for social cohesion.

Even after leaving this setting, it is often the case that people who have learned an instrument will form long term relationships with others who have done the same.

Intelligence

Studies have shown that students who have learned to play a musical instrument are on the whole smarter than their peers. This may be due to many factors, but brain scans of students while playing their instruments show increased activity in large areas throughout the brain. As they say, use it or lose it.

Discipline

It takes concerted effort over a long period of time to learn the language of music and its application. In adult life, there is no other character quality that more defines success than discipline. From firefighters to computer engineers, a disciplined mind is the most prepared.

Status and Achievement

Someone who plays a musical instrument will never lack for entertainment, an important thing among adults. In informal gatherings such as campfires, reunions, and meetings, a musician is the center of attention.

Fun, stress relief and spirituality

Playing a musical instrument involves a part of the brain that, when triggered, can be a mildly euphoric trancelike state. Priests of all faiths master instruments from the lute to the flute and use it in their worship both publicly and privately. Similarly, the playing of a musical instrument allows a quick mental place to get away from the stress and pain of life.

Effect Others Positively

A musician can influence lives. During the physical performance of an instrument, people can be moved to tears, to action, to donate, and to come together as a group for change. We look to the huge benefit concerts as the most obvious examples of these. Bob Geldof was knighted for Live Aid at age 34, and raised millions for hunger relief.

Timing

The mind-body connection is finely honed by the many hours of practice. Movements must not only be synchronized to sound, but anticipated in advance while other action is being performed.

Self Confidence

If a child can master a musical instrument, they already know that they can master other things. Like life, education, and social life. What their time on earth has in store for them is not such a struggle as it would be otherwise. For them, long term effort is part of a cause-and-effect relationship.

Prestige within the musical community

While learning to play any instrument is difficult, there are instruments that are more so than others. Learning to play a harmonica may not carry the same prestige as learning to play a violin, but both are not easy if mastered.

There are many ways to benefit from the learning and playing of a musical instrument. Each person will benefit in their own ways over their own lifetimes.

John Bottomley has been a freelance editor and production technician for McGraw-Hill, a newspaper publisher, webmaster and blogger. His articles and pages number in the thousands, and he currently lives and works from his home in the Charlotte, NC area. His company Genius Goods Inc owns and operates violins for students dot com.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Posh Violinist Lettice Rowbotham Gives the Judges Something New | Britain's Got Talent 2014



Plummy Lettice impresses the Judges with her super posh personality but her real talent blows them away. Watch her electric violin versions of pop hits including Imagine Dragon's Demons and One Republic's Counting Stars.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The ABC Band at Pennycook Elementary School


The ABC Band at Pennycook Elementary School in Vallejo, California had a concert on June 5th. Their Director is Bonnie Maddox. This is a small enthusiastic group of 3rd through 5th grade students. Thank you to the dedication of the director, school administration and the parents.




Saturday, June 14, 2014

The ABC Band at Wardlaw Elementary School

Ian Cochran and Bonnie Maddox  
The ABC Band at Wardlaw Elementary School in Vallejo had a concert last week. The ABC Band director is Ian Cochran, and Bonnie Maddox is the assistant director. This success of the band program is due to the dedication of the directors, school administration and the parents.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ABC Elementary Band Concert, Livermore



The ABC Elementary Band had a concert last month. This was a combined concert of the bands from all the schools with over 100 students! The 5 school band programs included: Emma Smith, Arroyo Seco, Rancho Las Positas, Our Savior Lutheran and Altamont Creek Elementary Schools. These band programs are funded in part through a combination of sliding scale tuition payments and donations through the Children's Music & Arts Foundation. All profits from ABC Music Store & Academy are used to support music in the schools.




Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Benicia Elementary School Band Concert

Glen Walp (Benicia Middle School Band Director), Stan Houston (ABC Music Store & Academy Owner and Teacher), and John Douglas (Benicia Elementary School Band Director)

The Benicia Elementary School Band performed a concert last month. The band director is John Douglas, and the students come from all the different elementary schools in Benicia. These band programs couldn't happen without the dedication of the parents, the Benicia Band Boosters and the support of the School Superintendent, Janice Adams. In addition, ABC Music Store & Academy uses all the store's profits to support music programs in the schools. 









Thursday, June 5, 2014

ABC Music Volunteers at Matthew Turner Elementary School

 

ABC Music volunteered at Matthew Turner Elementary School a couple of weeks ago for their annual Art Day. We worked with John Douglas, who is a teacher at ABC Music and the Benicia Elementary Band conductor. We allow the kids to explore music and teach in the classrooms for the day. We do this at each of the elementary schools in Benicia. 





Friday, May 30, 2014

How The Brain Processes Music



Studying how the brain processes music allows researchers to better understand how the human brain evolved, and how different parts of the brain communicate with each other, according to cognitive neuroscientist and former record producer Daniel Levitin.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

When Ellen Met Elias, a 7-Year-Old Piano Prodigy



Elias is a 7-year-old piano prodigy, but what he brought when he met Ellen was a lot more than just musical skill.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Health Benefits of Singing | Health Tips



In this Health Tips video, lower your blood pressure and improve your mental well-being. Kurt Johnsen shares how the expression of singing can change the way you feel.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Music Lessons Benefit The Brain



Linda Ciampa reports on new research that shows a few years of music lessons as a child, benefit the brain for decades.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2014 Benicia Art Walk - Vintage Home & Garden Tour This Saturday


Vintage Home & Garden Tour
Celebrating Mother’s Day


Saturday, May 10th
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Event Promises Art, Entertainment, and an Exploration of Steampunk

The Benicia Second Saturdays Art Walk kicks off the 2014 season at 21 downtown venues that include businesses, galleries, and public art.

Boasting one of the most active arts communities in the Bay Area, Benicia is home to over 200 artists, including painters, sculptors, stained and blown glass artists, printmakers and bookbinders, textile and ceramic artists, jewelers and multi-media artists.

Benicia Art Walk presents the opportunity to experience art in Benicia, and for visitors to enjoy the dining, shopping, music, and history that Benicia has become known for.

The Art Walk takes place in Benicia's historic downtown First Street area, from Military East to the scenic waterfront along the Carquinez Strait. Spend the day strolling our downtown, take in some of our exciting art offerings, and take advantage of the opportunity to shop and dine, too.

To download the brochure, please click HERE

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Making Sure Young Brains Get The Benefits Of Music Training



The percentage of students receiving music education has been in decline for decades. The Harmony Project, a music program for inner city kids in Los Angeles partners with a neurobiologist to study the impact of music training on the learning skills of poor children.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Joe Kowan: How I Beat Stage Fright



Humanity's fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it's less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic. Palms sweat, hands shake, vision blurs, and the brain says RUN: it's stage fright. In this charming, tuneful little talk, Joe Kowan talks about how he conquered it.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2014 BENICIA ART WALK KICKS-OFF TODAY!


Saturday, April 12th 
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Event Promises Art, Entertainment, and an Exploration of Steampunk

The Benicia Second Saturdays Art Walk kicks off the 2014 season at 21 downtown venues that include businesses, galleries, and public art.

Boasting one of the most active arts communities in the Bay Area, Benicia is home to over 200 artists, including painters, sculptors, stained and blown glass artists, printmakers and bookbinders, textile and ceramic artists, jewelers and multi-media artists.

Benicia Art Walk presents the opportunity to experience art in Benicia, and for visitors to enjoy the dining, shopping, music, and history that Benicia has become known for.

The Art Walk takes place in Benicia's historic downtown First Street area, from Military East to the scenic waterfront along the Carquinez Strait. Spend the day strolling our downtown, take in some of our exciting art offerings, and take advantage of the opportunity to shop and dine, too.

To download the brochure, please click HERE

Friday, April 11, 2014

Coca-Cola Crazy For Good: Happiness Through Music



"I am the Crazy One who brings happiness through music." Zainab is a musician who has been performing at a children's hospital for the past ten years. Her music acts as a welcome distraction for these children, from the stark reality of illness. Watch her share happiness through her music. Brought to you by Coca-Cola. Produced by SOC films (Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 BENICIA ART WALK KICKS-OFF SATURDAY, APRIL 12


Saturday, April 12th 
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Event Promises Art, Entertainment, and an Exploration of Steampunk

The Benicia Second Saturdays Art Walk kicks off the 2014 season at 21 downtown venues that include businesses, galleries, and public art.

Boasting one of the most active arts communities in the Bay Area, Benicia is home to over 200 artists, including painters, sculptors, stained and blown glass artists, printmakers and bookbinders, textile and ceramic artists, jewelers and multi-media artists.

Benicia Art Walk presents the opportunity to experience art in Benicia, and for visitors to enjoy the dining, shopping, music, and history that Benicia has become known for.

The Art Walk takes place in Benicia's historic downtown First Street area, from Military East to the scenic waterfront along the Carquinez Strait. Spend the day strolling our downtown, take in some of our exciting art offerings, and take advantage of the opportunity to shop and dine, too.

To download the brochure, please click HERE

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Greg Bennett Design by Samick Model Guitar Is An Excellent Value



Stan at ABC Music Store and Academy shows off a Greg Bennett designed guitar by Samick. This one is unique with a cedar top and walnut sides and back. This line of guitars are high quality at a very affordable price and with features that you would typically find on much more expensive instruments. The action is great, the sound is full and the playability is smooth.

ABC Music Stores in Benicia, CA and Livermore CA stock several models of these guitars for you to choose from.

See more about ABC Music Store & Academy at http://www.ABCMusicStores.com

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Living Stress Free - The Benefits of Music in Your Daily Life

Stress is something that is part of everyone. It lives within us, rearing its ugly head when life's demands and pressures begin to weigh us down. Unique as we all are, each person can handle a different amount of stress before overload occurs. There's always that person at work who appears to be the master of multi-tasking. Or that calm, collected colleague who gives presentations in front of a full room without any problem. Believe it or not, that person feels the effects of stress even if they don't appear to.

These individuals have the ability to flourish under these circumstances, and most likely know how to manage their stress by using stress management techniques. Effective stress management techniques are the key to waking up every morning feeling fresh and clear headed. Music is one of the most effective techniques, yet sometimes can be overlooked as an important part of our personal healing.

Most of us never stop to think about all of the various ways we can lead a more stress free lifestyle. In this article we will focus on the direct benefits of music in our daily lives and how it can be a great factor in relieving anxiety. Taking time out of your day to be alone with some calming music is the best remedy for stress. Slow, calm, meditative music can leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful after listening. Many people are so exhausted after work that they find it impossible to do anything meaningful or productive. If this sounds like you, you probably know that playing that CD in the car after a busy day at work can truly be one of the most relaxing feelings imaginable. Music inspires us, it comforts us, and it heals us.

The calming effect of music allows us to unwind and relax. We use music to relieve stress everywhere we go. When we're on the train, we have our iPods on. When we're driving, we listen to our stereo to quiet our busy thoughts. Music is there to help us calm down or help us relate to our emotions. Calming music helps us alleviate the stress we suffer from everyday. It's no wonder people buy music and iPods! It's our own portable stress reliever.

If you have high levels of stress in your life that you cannot cope with, the problem may not be with you, but with the techniques that you use to manage it. Why do you think so many people at work listen to music on their computers? Work is a stressful environment and it can be tough to make it through a day without some kind of anxiety reducer. That is why so many people use music to ease their minds and help them get through the day.

The New York Times Health Guide tells us to, "Listen to music. Music is an effective stress reducer in both healthy individuals and people with health problems. In one study, for example, students who listened to a well-known gentle classical piece of music during a stressful task had reduced feelings of anxiety, heart rate, and blood pressure." There are studies that show music can actually lower your heart rate and can reduce stress for some people, but can it reduce stress for you? The odds point to yes, but only you can discover this for yourself.

Everybody experiences stress. Although we cannot change when and how seriously we become anxious, we can decide how we manage our stress levels. Music is a powerful weapon for combating this problem that many of us struggle with daily. Listen to music that you find to be relaxing and meditative, leaving you feeling calm and relaxed after or during a demanding day. It is important not to let stress take over your life. If you feel it creeping in, take action. If you use music to rise above your stress, you will reap the benefits, and learn to quiet your thoughts and develop an inner sense of peace.

Is there anything in the world greater than music? Music can be a comfort. Music can be a cure. Music can be a companion in times where you need a friend. It's our own personal stress reliever.

Here is a great website with some samples of calming music: http://www.spamagazinemusic.com.
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Music for Laughter and Enlightenment: David Polansky at TEDxYouth



Using trumpet, piano, and voice, David opens a window into his musical life and invites the audience to join him for a number of his songs, preceding each one with a short history. Using music to tell stories, David delights and engages preschoolers and grandparents alike. David Polansky claims to have never grown up but has been writing music for over 50 years and has performed it for thousands of delighted listeners who attend his concerts and listen to recordings of his songs.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hand-Made Flamenco Guitar by John Datlen Exclusive At ABC Music Store & Academy



Stan of ABC Music Store & Academy in Benicia CA shows off a beautiful hand-made Flamenco guitar that is exclusive to ABC Music and made in American Canyon CA by a luthier named John Datlen. The tonal qualities of this instrument are clear and the value is superb. See this an other models available now at ABC Music Store & Academy.

See more about ABC Music at http://www.ABCMusicStores.com

Monday, March 24, 2014

Music & the Young Brain: Beatriz Ilari at TEDxYouth@Caltech



Beatriz Ilari is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Southern California (USC), in Los Angeles, where she teaches graduate courses in music education and music psychology. She holds degrees from the University of São Paulo, Brazil (B.A.), Montclair State University, USA (M.A. -- violin) and McGill University, Canada (PhD). Dr. Ilari uses a variety of approaches to study musical development and growth of infants, children and adolescents.

She has conducted research with babies and children from different parts of the world including the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. Her research appears in many important journals including Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Update, and Early Child Development and Care, among others. She is currently co-editor of the International Journal of Music Education -- Research, and has just initiated an exciting interdisciplinary project on children's music learning and brain development with researchers from USC's Brain and Creativity Institute.

Friday, March 21, 2014

When Meds Fail: A Case for Music Therapy: Tim Ringgold at TEDxYouth



Can there truly be an intersection in life where one can fulfill a lifelong passion and contribute to others' happiness? Tim Ringgold proves that you can indeed. In his riveting talk, viewers are invited to witness how our old, common friend called Music can truly be a transformational bridge to many divides.