Sunday, February 28, 2016

How Ancient Art Influenced Modern Art - Felipe Galindo



The term modern art sounds like it means art that is popular now, but the style actually originated over 150 years ago and includes artists like Picasso, Matisse, and Gauguin. What’s more ironic is that this movement they pioneered – considered revolutionary at the time – was inspired largely by objects of traditional and ancient design. Felipe Galindo details ancient influences on modern art.

Lesson by Felipe Galindo, animation by TED-Ed.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

What If Every Child Had Access to Music Education from Birth? | Anita Collins | TEDxCanberra



Anita Collins was handed a clarinet at the age of 9, and it changed her life. This single event dictated her future career as a musician, music educator and academic.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Science of Snowflakes - Maruša Bradač



One could say that snowflakes are simply frozen water — but if you compare a snowflake to an ice cube, you’ll notice a big difference. Why are all snowflakes six-sided? Why are none of them exactly the same? And how do we ski on them? Maruša Bradač sheds light on the secret life of snowflakes.

Lesson by Maruša Bradač, animation by bottomless well films.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 Mega Stunt Set



Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 is a unique system of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. Configurations are unlimited, allowing for unpredictable action when steel balls travel the various routes. It's a live demonstration of probability, physics and art, all in one!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Why Wildfires Are Necessary - Jim Schulz



Our early ancestors relied on lightning to cause forest fires, from which they could collect coals and burning sticks to help them cook food and clear land. Yet, it wasn’t just humans who benefited from these natural phenomena. Even as they destroyed trees, fires also helped the forests themselves. Jim Schulz outlines the benefits of wildfire.

Lesson by Jim Schulz, animation by Provincia Studio.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cool Circuits - An Awesome Brain Game!



Electrify your brain with this challenging puzzler! The object is to place all of the pieces on the board to successfully complete the circuit; do so, and the entire board lights up! Cool Circuits emphasizes spatial reasoning and abstract thinking with over 40 different challenges ranging from student to expert. Can you solve them all?

Includes: 1 light up board, 8 fluorescent 3-D puzzle pieces and 40 challenge cards.

Cool Circuits is available at Mozart, Einstein & Me!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Unique Valentine's Day Inexpensive Gifts Found Here!


Thinking of something for Valentine's Day that it different and inexpensive? Stop by Mozart Einstein & Me in Livermore or Benicia. You might find more than you hoped for!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Top San Francisco Musicians Bring a Little Love on Valentines Day



Benicia resident Clif Foster, violinist with the San Francisco Ballet orchestra, is bringing five of his music friends from the SF Ballet, SF Opera, and SF Symphony to the Benicia State Capitol for a Valentine’s Day chamber concert entitled “Celebrate the Love”. With the help of Mozart Einstein & Me, Clif and Friends, will be performing an afternoon of classical and contemporary chamber music in hopes of raising an interest in music education and cultural diversity.


The concert of Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, and John Williams is priced to fill the house with adult tickets going for just $20 and students/youth $5. The concert starts promptly at 2:00pm and is designed to finish just in time to catch a Valentine’s dinner at any one of First Street’s fine restaurants.

Clif & Friends’ rap sheets include gigs with a wide range of well-known artists including Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Boz Skaggs, The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald. Making their residency here in the bay area, these gifted violinists, violists, and cellists have regular day jobs at the SF Ballet Orchestra, SF Opera Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony.

“Celebrate the Love” Details:

What: Chamber Music Concert

When: Sunday – February 14, 2016 – Valentine’s Day

Time: 2:00pm

Where: Benicia State Capitol - Senate Floor, Downtown Benicia

Tickets: Purchase at Mozart Einstein & Me - 739 First Street or call 707-746-7565

Contact: Stan Houston, 707-746-7565

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Can You Solve the Temple Riddle? - Dennis E. Shasha



Your expedition finally stands at the heart of the ancient temple. But as you study the inscriptions in the darkness, two wisps of green smoke burst forth. The walls begin to shake. The giant sandglass begins flowing with less than an hour before it empties, and a rumbling tells you that you don’t want to be around when that happens. Can you use math to escape the temple? Dennis E. Shasha shows how.

Lesson by Dennis E. Shasha, animation by Artrake Studio.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Blurble Card Game in Action



Blurble is the hilarious word-association card game that is great for all ages or group sizes. Flip a card and be the first to say a word that starts with the same letter as the image on the card. Proper nouns, numbers, and words with fewer than three letters are not allowed. The player with the most cards at the end is the winner. How fast do you Blurble?

Blurble is available at Mozart, Einstein & Me!

Monday, February 1, 2016

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.