Sunday, December 31, 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

Kinder Feets - Colorful Fun Wooden Scooters


Kinder Feets makes a great line of two and three wheel scooters for 1-4-year-olds. Their unique and simple design and colorful and fun.

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At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Why Do You Need to Get a Flu Shot Every Year? - Melvin Sanicas


All year long, researchers at hospitals around the world collect samples from flu patients and send them to top virology experts with one goal: to design the vaccine for the next flu season. But why do we need a new one every year? Vaccines for diseases like mumps and rubella offer a lifetime of protection with two shots early in life; what’s so special about the flu? Melvin Sanicas explains.

Lesson by Melvin Sanicas, directed by Andrew Foerster.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

5 Ways to Raise a Science-Lover


Schools still aren’t devoting enough resources to this critical subject, but you can bring science to life with these hands-on ideas.

My three kids are natural-born scientists. They’re full of questions, always experimenting to see how things work, and mesmerized by watching a tiny ant carrying a morsel of food. So when my daughter, Stella, started kindergarten, I was shocked to hear that her class studies science for only one hour each week. When I searched for stats to make the case that this wasn’t as much as other schools, I pretty much came up empty. Surveys show that science instruction in elementary schools averages around two hours per week, and in some districts it isn’t taught at all until middle school. “The intense focus on math and reading in recent years has crowded biology, chemistry, and physics out of the grade-school classroom,” says Janice Earle, former program officer at the National Science Foundation. Even when these subjects are taught, teachers tend to have little training and lack the resources to lead experiments, which are crucial for sparking interest in science. No wonder only about a third of fourth-graders have a solid grasp of scientific principles, according to the most recent national assessment.

If that doesn’t concern you, it should. A report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology found that we need to increase the number of students who receive science-related college degrees by 34 percent annually during the next decade simply to keep up with economic demand. Encourage your child’s teachers and principal, as well as district leaders, to add more science instruction to the curriculum. Since budgets are likely to be an obstacle, you’ll boost the odds of success if you can offer a solution that’s cheap—or, even better, free. Maybe you can find a geologist who’s willing to lead field trips, or organize parent volunteers to help run workshops. If lobbying and organizing aren’t your style, there are still plenty of ways to inspire your own child to fall in love with science. Follow these steps to help unlock her inner Madame Curie.

Go Beyond the Classroom

Three out of four Nobel Prize winners in science discovered their passion outside a school environment, according to an analysis published in Education Week. So seek out extracurricular activities with a focus on scientific exploration. Many elementary schools offer afterschool opportunities to delve into subjects such as robotics and forensics. Check out the offerings at your local YMCA, 4-H organization, or recreation center. Coding classes and clubs are also sprouting up around the country as educators and parents realize that coding promotes analysis, problem solving, and creativity.

If you can’t find anything near you, consider doing it yourself. That’s what Ana Mosser did. An environmental engineer, she approached the after-school coordinator at her son’s school in Thermopolis, Wyoming, who invited her to run a science club. “I’d go online and find experiments,” she says. The club wound up being so popular that the school district made Mosser’s workshops a regular part of the curriculum.

Say Yes to Video Games

Angry Birds won’t help your kid win a future science fair, but Minecraft might. That’s because this wildly popular game has helped spark grade-schoolers’ interest in the science of coding. Minecraft lets them customize complex worlds using virtual building blocks, while educational add-ons called “mods” help them learn programming basics as they play.

Explore Together

Don’t know much about biology? No worries. Science isn’t so much about answers as the journey to find them. “The number-one thing you can do is share your curiosity with your child,” says Traci Wierman, who does curriculum outreach for The Lawrence Hall of Science, at the University of California, Berkeley. “Wonder out loud what kind of bird is in that tree or why the light is bouncing off the water, and then take the time to learn about it.”

Subscribe to magazines such as National Geographic Kids and Ranger Rick Jr., and watch science-themed TV shows like Design Squad, Sid the Science Kid, and SciGirls. Check out books on subjects your child is curious about, whether it’s animals or the weather. And if she squeals when she sees a huge spider, get out a magnifying glass and take a look, suggests Wierman. “You might ask, ‘What pattern do you see on its body? Did it catch anything in its web?’ ”

Take Field Trips

When a group of Google Science Fair finalists was asked what had most influenced their interest in the subject, many said “making trips to the local science museum as a kid.” Follow their lead and plan to visit one while you’re on vacation. Outings to aquariums, botanical gardens, zoos, and state or national parks can also bring scientific principles to life. Make sure you’re using the time wisely. “It’s better to spend half an hour deeply engaged with one scientific idea,” Wierman says. “Slow down, go at your child’s pace, and talk about what he’s seeing.”

Becoming a member at your local science center can help you avoid feeling the pressure to do everything at once. Maybe one day all you do is watch the busy honeybees. During the next visit you might learn about electricity or sign up for a coding class. Also don’t overlook less formal learning opportunities. Many towns have a water-treatment plant or construction site to tour. “See if you can find out what’s under the f loor at an ice-skating rink or behind the pins at a bowling alley,” suggests David Heil, editor of Family Science. Michelle McFadden, a mom of four in East Montpelier, Vermont, says touring a local wind-turbine company made a big impression on her oldest son, Charlie. “The place was full of huge machines and the person giving the tour said, ‘These are like toys for adults.’ After that, Charlie became excited about pursuing engineering as a career.”

Combat Stereotypes

To fight the false impression that science is boring or strictly for brainiacs, remind your child that she uses it daily. Baking is a lesson in chemistry, building with blocks involves physics, and asking questions—every child’s favorite thing to do—is exactly what leads to scientific breakthroughs. While studies show that about as many girls as boys have a positive attitude toward science in elementary school, boys are twice as likely to be interested in technology, science, and math by eighth grade. “If you have a daughter, encourage her to learn about dinosaurs and tinker with computers,” says Carol Tang, Ph.D., executive director of the Children’s Creativity Museum, in San Francisco.

Introduce your kid to engineers, doctors, and biologists too. It may happen naturally (“Did you know that Olivia’s mom is a veterinarian? She can tell you all about her job”). If not, invite a bona fide scientist to lead a fun activity with your child’s Brownie or Cub Scout troop. My family has a tradition called “Sunday Science.” Every week, we do a different experiment, whether it’s using balloon rockets to explain the concept of thrust or going outside and (carefully, wearing goggles!) turning a bottle of cola into a foaming geyser by dropping in Mentos mints. Each experiment takes only about 15 minutes to complete, the kids love it, and I’ve got to admit: My husband and I have a great time too.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How to Practice Effectively...for Just About Anything - Annie Bosler and Don Greene


Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? Annie Bosler and Don Greene explain how practice affects the inner workings of our brains.

Lesson by Annie Bosler and Don Greene, animation by Martina Meštrović.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Metal Earth Gifts For The Creative Tinkerer


Stan shows off Metal Earth, a large selection of unique gifts that require some creativity in assembling, creating a bit of challenge and fun.

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At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Friday, December 15, 2017

Why More Pop Songs Should End with a Fade Out


The fade out is underrated. It should come back.

The fade out in music is one of those necessary tools in a record producers arsenal. But if you listen to today's hits it's much more likely you'll hear a song that has a hard abrupt electronic ending. Bill Weir, wrote a great piece at Slate a few years ago tracking the rise and fall of the fade out in pop music: from one of the very first fade outs created by a literal wooden door to the epic 4 minute fade out of "Hey Jude." In the video above he brings me through that sonic journey.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Can 100% Renewable Energy Power the World? - Federico Rosei and Renzo Rosei


Every year, the world uses 35 billion barrels of oil. This massive scale of fossil fuel dependence pollutes the earth, and it won’t last forever. On the other hand, we have abundant sun, water and wind, which are all renewable energy sources. So why don’t we exchange our fossil fuel dependence for an existence based only on renewables? Federico Rosei and Renzo Rosei describe the challenges.

Lesson by Federico Rosei and Renzo Rosei, directed by Giulia Martinelli.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tegu - Magnetic Wooden Blocks For Fun and Learning


Stan shows off a line of unique wooden blocks that have magnets inside that are fun to play with and nice to handle and experiment with. Who doesn't like blocks? Hours and hours of fun.

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At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

How Do Fish Make Electricity? - Eleanor Nelsen


Nearly 350 species of fish have specialized anatomical structures that generate and detect electrical signals. Underwater, where light is scarce, electrical signals offer ways to communicate, navigate, find, and sometimes stun prey. But how do these fish produce electricity? And why? Eleanor Nelsen illuminates the science behind electric fish.

Lesson by Eleanor Nelsen, directed by TOTEM Studio.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Benefits of Music: Sound, Language & Memory


There is evidence that shows parallels between how we process music and the way we process language. The benefits of music are endless!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

How Your Muscular System Works - Emma Bryce


Each time you take a step, 200 muscles work in unison to lift your foot, propel it forward, and set it down. It’s just one of the many thousands of tasks performed by the muscular system: this network of over 650 muscles covers the body and is the reason we can blink, smile, run, jump, and stand upright. So how does it work? Emma Bryce takes you into the body to find out.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, directed by Viviane Leezer.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

How Does Your Body Know You're Full? - Hilary Coller


Hunger claws at your belly. It tugs at your intestines, which begin to writhe, aching to be fed. Being hungry generates a powerful and often unpleasant physical sensation that’s almost impossible to ignore. After you’ve reacted by gorging on your morning pancakes, you start to experience an opposing force: fullness. But how does your body actually know when you’re full? Hilary Coller explains.

Lesson by Hilary Coller, directed by Sashko Danylenko.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Does Playing Classical Music Make Your Baby Smarter?



Some people say playing classical music, even before a baby is born, will make them smarter, but is this actually true?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Watch a Prodigy Create -- From Four Notes in a Hat


60 Minutes pulls four musical notes out of hat, and young composer Alma Deutscher takes off, improvising a piano sonata in under a minute

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Why Do People Like Sad Music


Research from the Tokyo University of the Arts and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, shows that listening to sad music might make people feel happier.

Sad music is just as popular as happy music - but why?

Research from the Tokyo University of the Arts and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, shows that listening to sad music might make people feel happier.

The researchers played two sad songs and one happier sounding song, and had the subjects rate how the songs emotionally affected them.

The songs were also played with switched keys, having the major key pieces played in a minor key and vice versa.

Professor Ai Kawakami, who worked on the study wrote: "Music that is perceived as sad actually induces romantic emotion as well as sad emotion. And people, regardless of their musical training, experience this ambivalent emotion to listen to the sad music."

When people listen to music they are also aware that it is not reality, but an artistic interpretation of emotion rather than a true life event, like being emotionally affected by a tragic play or film.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Can You Solve the Egg Drop Riddle? - Yossi Elran


The city has just opened its one-of-a-kind Faberge Egg Museum, with a single egg displayed on each floor of a 100-story building -- and the world’s most notorious jewel thief already has her eyes on the prize. Can you help the thief formulate a plan that will drop the most expensive egg she can get safely into her waiting truck? Yossi Elran shows how.

Lesson by Yossi Elran, directed by Artrake Studio.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Worry Eaters Gobble Up Children's Worries


Kids shouldn't have worries keeping them awake when they need their sleep. Worry Eaters is a fun way to help put those worries to bed by transferring them to the toy as Stan demonstrates. Might not be a bad idea for we adults to do the same!

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At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

There Are Many Benefits to Learning an Instrument


There are so many advantages to learning to play an instrument. The benefits are many, and can carry many years into your life. Whether young or old, it is a worthwhile investment of our time to undertake the fun task of learning to play.

First of all, the research shows that exposing children to music, and music training, can improve a childs' reading age, their IQ, and it affects the development of certain areas of the brain. Adults who learn and practice an instrument, are helping their minds to stay alert and focused. And there is evidence that it helps the memory.

Those who practice an instrument are teaching themselves to be disciplined as well. For you must set aside time to work on your new skills, which can be rewarding and fun in itself. And self-discipline is an area every person can use improvement in. And carries into every other area of our lives. Music can be a great way to relieve stress. We have all had those days that our stress level is elevated, and the right song can soothe us, and help to relieve some stress. And there is something even better about hearing that music come from an instrument that you are playing.

There is a great sense of achievement in playing tunes on your own instrument. It may not happen overnight, but the dedication and work involved adds to the great feeling you get when that music comes to life by your own hands. Yes, it is hard work, but it is also a lot of fun. And it is very rewarding as well.


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Monday, November 6, 2017

Where Do Math Symbols Come From? - John David Walters


Math is full of symbols: lines, dots, arrows, English letters, Greek letters, superscripts, subscripts ... it can look like an illegible jumble. Where did all of these symbols come from? John David Walters shares the origins of mathematical symbols, and illuminates why they’re still so important in the field today. 

Lesson by John David Walters, directed by Chris Bishop.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Behunin Pottery Makes Unique Gifts


Mozart, Einstein & Me carries a line of Behunin Pottery that makes unique gifts that are sure to please. We have two stores in the SF Bay area in Livermore and Benicia CA.

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At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Sunday, October 29, 2017

How Aspirin Was Discovered - Krishna Sudhir


4000 years ago, the ancient Sumerians made a surprising discovery: if they scraped the bark off a particular kind of tree and ate it, their pain disappeared. Little did they know that what they’d found was destined to influence the future course of medicine. Krishna Sudhir traces the history of aspirin. 

Lesson by Krishna Sudhir, directed by Artrake Studio.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Neuroscientist Talks Music's Effects on the Brain


The way you perceive and understand a movie is influenced by the soundtrack playing (or in some cases, not playing) during particular scenes. Tufts University neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel explains how scientists study your brain's response to music and what parts of your brain is activated by different attributes of music (rhythm, timbre, etc.).

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Truly Unique Musician


Mike Silverman, AKA That1Guy, is a self-proclaimed music geek. He says he didn't set out to be a weirdo, but now he's embraced it! And that's earned him fans all across the country and world, where he plays almost 200 shows a year. He also invented his own instrument, the Magic Pipe! We are so excited to welcome That1Guy for a chat and a performance.

Monday, October 23, 2017

The First Asteroid Ever Discovered - Carrie Nugent


Over the course of history, we’ve discovered hundreds of thousands of asteroids. But how do astronomers discover these bits of rock and metal? How many have they found? And how do they tell asteroids apart? Carrie Nugent shares the story of the very first asteroid ever discovered and explains how asteroid hunters search for these celestial bodies.

Lesson by Carrie Nugent, directed by TED-Ed, animation by Reza Riahi.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Benefits of Music: Bonding


There is evidence that moving to music and making music together, seems to have an impact on our bonding with other people. The benefits of music are endless!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This Is What a $45 Million Viola Sounds Like | The New York Times


David Aaron Carpenter plays Suite No. 3 in C by Johann Sebastian Bach on a Stradivari viola that had a starting price of $45 million at an auction at Sotheby's.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Einstein's Brilliant Mistake: Entangled States - Chad Orzel


When you think about Einstein and physics, E=mc^2 is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But one of his greatest contributions to the field actually came in the form of an odd philosophical footnote in a 1935 paper he co-wrote -- which ended up being wrong. Chad Orzel details Einstein's "EPR" paper and its insights on the strange phenomena of entangled states.

Lesson by Chad Orzel, animation by Gunborg/Banyai.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mini BIO - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart learned the piano at the age of three, and soon developed his skills in all musical forms. Widely recognized as one of the greatest composers of all time, he produced over 600 works.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

5 Top Reasons for Getting Your Kids Involved in Music Lessons


When I tell someone that I teach piano, the initial response I get is, "I wish I had taken piano lessons when I was younger" or "I wish my mom forced me to continue piano lessons rather than letting me quit." Since I started teaching in 1992, no one has ever said, "I wish I hadn't learned how to play the piano."As adults and parents, we seem to understand how essential and beneficial learning to play an instrument is in our childhood and adolescent years.

Parents have various reasons for investing in music lessons for their kids. One of the main reasons is parents' belief that music lessons will help their kids in school. And they are right! This is one of the 5 top reasons why kids need to learn a musical instrument. As shown by research, taking music lessons has numerous benefits especially in the development of intelligence and character.

Here are 5 Top Reasons getting your kids involved in music lessons.

1. Music Lessons Enhance Brain Development.
Many research studies have been conducted to measure the effects of learning a music instrument on cognitive development. Findings indicate that children who take music lessons over several years show greater improvement in spatial-temporal reasoning skills which are necessary for learning math and science. Music-making kids surpass their classmates who don't take lessons in reading comprehension. In addition, children who take music lessons benefit from improved memory skills. When we look at the research, it is easy to see that taking music lessons over a prolonged period gives kids an academic advantage to the point of increasing IQ and SAT scores. Your kids will be smarter!

2. Music Lessons teach kids how to Accomplish Goals.
Setting goals is crucial to making progress in anything that we pursue whether it's a passion or not. Typically, if we are passionate about something, we pursue that "something" by setting our own goals. Many times others set goals for us including our parents, teachers, bosses, coaches, government, religious leaders or peers. Goal-setting is an important part of day-to-day living, and it is the first step toward achieving a sense of accomplishment. Proficiency on an instrument is a long-term goal achieved over a period of years. In order to accomplish this goal, the music teacher and student must set and accomplish short-term goals that will ultimately lead to long-term achievement. One of the greatest rewards of being a music teacher is to help young students become top-notch musicians and performers over the course of their elementary through high school years. Some students go on to pursue music as a career path. Others go on to pursue other passions. Whatever their pursuits, taking music lessons has taught them how to make progress towards their dreams.

3. Music Lessons develop Self-Discipline in kids.
We all know that anything worth having in this life doesn't come easy and that with hard work and consistency we can achieve great things. How do we instill the character qualities of self-determination and discipline in our kids who are living in a fast-paced society that has grown accustomed to immediate gratification? Music lessons are a fun and effective way to help a child learn self-discipline. Students find motivation in the music they are learning. However, in order to perform this music well they must practice consistently. As the music teacher helps a student structure weekly practice time, the student is empowered to learn the music through self-discipline. Developing the skill of self-discipline can be adapted to achieve goals in other areas such as academics and sports.

4. Music Lessons help kids become Independent and Self-Sufficient adults.
Many child psychologists agree that a child's happiness and ability to become an independent and successful adult is greatly dependent on that child's sense of self-worth and confidence. The qualities of children with high self-esteem include:

• tackling new challenges
• being independent and true to themselves
• taking responsibility for their decisions and actions
• having confidence in themselves and taking pride in their abilities

These characteristics can be developed with consistent music lessons throughout the childhood and adolescent years. New challenges are tackled regularly in music lessons by learning a new piece or song, learning a new technique or progressing to a higher skill level. As students make progress in learning a musical instrument, they are able to choose the music they love to perform - classical, pop, country, etc. Being true to yourself is recognizing what you love most and pursuing it. The decision to practice or not practice can have its consequences, and students must structure their practice for progress. Seeing students perform in front of an audience is a highlight for teachers, parents, family and friends. Students experience a great sense of accomplishment after a performance.

5. Music Lessons promote Self-Expression and Creativity
The world's greatest leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors have something in common - creativity. This creativity can evolve into the power of invention. Think of Benjamin Franklin and his numerous inventions that were born from his creativity in discovering improvements to the way things worked. Making music naturally elicits self-expression and creativity, and the ability for students to express themselves with confidence and creativity opens up incredible doors of opportunity.

As you think about which extracurricular activities to choose for your kids, consider the true benefits of your investment. We all want our children to live life to the fullest and to experience great happiness as they follow their dreams. Sometimes, they need a little guidance from us. We invest in our kids' futures by giving them opportunities such as music lessons. Taking music lessons cultivates qualities that lead to lifetime success. Make learning a music instrument a priority in your home and encourage your kids every step of the way.


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Monday, October 9, 2017

What Are Gravitational Waves? - Amber L. Stuver


In September 2015, scientists witnessed something never seen before: two black holes colliding. Both about 30 times as big as our Sun, they had been orbiting each other for millions of years. A fraction of a second before the crash, they sent a vibration across the universe at the speed of light that was picked up by the LIGO detector. So what are these ripples in space? Amber L. Stuver explains.

Lesson by Amber L. Stuver, animation by Eoin Duffy.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Benefits of Taking Part in Music


The benefits of music are endless! One of the areas that it can make a difference to is physical and coordination.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Found Sounds: Making Instruments From Trash


Ken Butler is a Brooklyn-based artist and musician who has built over 400 musical instruments. But these aren't just any custom-built instruments. Butler builds his pieces from discarded items he finds on the streets of New York City. Hockey sticks, tennis rackets, brooms, golf clubs, pieces of furniture, styrofoam, toothbrushes: all are fair game for his masterpieces. It's musique concrète... jungle.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Where Do New Words Come From? - Marcel Danesi


There are over 170,000 words currently in use in the English language. Yet every year, about a thousand new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Where do they come from, and how do they make it into our everyday lives? Marcel Danesi explains how new words enter a language. 

Lesson by Marcel Danesi, animation by TOGETHER.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

How Music Therapy Affects Moods


Menzie Pittman, a member of the National Association of Music Merchants, talks about the different ways music affects your mood

Friday, September 29, 2017

Why Does Music Make Us Cry?


Join Jason Silva as he freestyles complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How Many Ways Are There to Prove the Pythagorean Theorem? - Betty Fei


What do Euclid, 12-year-old Einstein, and American President James Garfield have in common? They all came up with elegant proofs for the famous Pythagorean theorem, one of the most fundamental rules of geometry and the basis for practical applications like constructing stable buildings and triangulating GPS coordinates. Betty Fei details these three famous proofs.

Lesson by Betty Fei, animation by Nick Hilditch.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Story Cubes Game Is Challenging And Fun!


Stan shows off a new game called Story Cubes where you have to make up a story for what figures show up on the cubes. It is available in many different versions. Also available in a 9-pack version.

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At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Friday, September 22, 2017

Benefits of Music Therapy in Fighting Depression


At Newport Academy, teens learn to acknowledge and express their deep-rooted emotions through making and listening to music, and spend time playing music together.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Top That! Game For All Ages


Stan shows off the Top That! spacial relationship game for all ages.

https://mozarteinsteinme.com/

At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Monday, September 18, 2017

Meet The Harmonica Man


After nine heart surgeries, "Harmonica Man" Andy Mackie stopped his prescriptions and used the money to spread the joy of music to kids. Watch Mackie in Steve Hartman's "Asssignment America."

Saturday, September 16, 2017

How I Found Myself Through Music | Anika Paulson


"Music is everywhere, and it is in everything," says musician, student and TED-Ed Clubs star Anika Paulson. Guitar in hand, she plays through the beats of her life in an exploration of how music connects us and makes us what we are.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Incremental-Sized Guitars by Cordoba Great For New Students


Stan shows off a new line of incremental-sized guitars by Cordoba. Perfect guitar choice for beginners and can expand into larger sizes when desired.

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At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Selecting a Woodwind Musical Instrument


Menzie Pittman, a member of the National Association of Music Merchants, talks about the woodwind family.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kinder Feets - Colorful Fun Wooden Scooters


Kinder Feets makes a great line of two and three wheel scooters for 1-4-year-olds. Their unique and simple design and colorful and fun.

https://mozarteinsteinme.com/

At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Science of Smog - Kim Preshoff


On July 26, 1943, Los Angeles was blanketed by a thick gas that stung people’s eyes and blocked out the Sun. Panicked residents believed their city had been attacked using chemical warfare. But the cloud wasn’t an act of war. It was smog. So what is this thick gray haze actually made of? And why does it affect some cities and not others? Kim Preshoff details the science behind smog.

Lesson by Kim Preshoff, animation by Juan M. Urbina Studios.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Metal Earth Gifts For The Creative Tinkerer


Stan shows off Metal Earth, a large selection of unique gifts that require some creativity in assembling, creating a bit of challenge and fun.

https://mozarteinsteinme.com/

At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Monday, September 4, 2017

How Boredom Can Lead to Your Most Brilliant Ideas | Manoush Zomorodi


Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Learn to love being bored as Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Modari Means FUN!


Stan shows off the Modari line of car toys that are colorful, great looking, steerable by hand, and have interchangeable parts. You can buy several different ones and interchange the parts to your heart's content. Even fun for some of the older crowd!

https://mozarteinsteinme.com/

At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks Not Just For Kids


Stan shows off the line of Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks that feel good in your hands and give off a sense of wonder and interest in how the magnetic aspect creates unique shapes. Great for kids too, of course. Why should kids have all the fun?

https://mozarteinsteinme.com/

At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Selecting a String Musical Instrument


Menzie Pittman, a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), goes over different members of the string family.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Parlor Size Guitars At Mozart Einstein & Me


Stan talks about the Parlor size guitar which is the perfect size for many students and players

https://mozarteinsteinme.com/

At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Friday, August 25, 2017

Tegu - Magnetic Wooden Blocks For Fun and Learning


Stan shows off a line of unique wooden blocks that have magnets inside that are fun to play with and nice to handle and experiment with. Who doesn't like blocks? Hours and hours of fun.

https://mozarteinsteinme.com/

At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Why Are Sloths So Slow? - Kenny Coogan


Sloths spend most of their time eating, resting, or sleeping; in fact, they descend from their treetops canopies just once a week, for a bathroom break. How are these creatures so low energy? Kenny Coogan describes the physical and behavioral adaptations that allow sloths to be so slow.

Lesson by Kenny Coogan, animation by Anton Bogaty.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dr. Eureka Game Is A Whole Lot Of Fun!


Stan shows off the Dr. Eureka game. Fun for all ages!

https://mozarteinsteinme.com/

At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This Guy Explains Why the Solar Eclipse Will Blow Your Mind | Short Film Showcase


On August 21st, 2017, millions of people in the United States will watch as the sun, moon, and earth align for a rare and extraordinary event—a total solar eclipse.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Worry Eaters Gobble Up Children's Worries


Kids shouldn't have worries keeping them awake when they need their sleep. Worry Eaters is a fun way to help put those worries to bed by transferring them to the toy as Stan demonstrates. Might not be a bad idea for we adults to do the same!

https://mozarteinsteinme.com/

At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Selecting a Brass Musical Instrument


Menzie Pittman, a member of the National Association of Music Merchants, helps you decide if the Brass family is the right instrument for you!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Behunin Pottery Makes Unique Gifts


Mozart, Einstein & Me carries a line of Behunin Pottery that makes unique gifts that are sure to please. We have two stores in the SF Bay area in Livermore and Benicia CA.

See more at https://mozarteinsteinme.com/

At Mozart Einstein & Me, we have one of the largest selections of right-brain enhancing learning tools and games, along with unique gifts, most of which have been created in Europe. It is always changing based on our latest finds while holding on to outstanding best sellers. Most of the gifts and learning tools and games in our store are under $20, so they are perfect for birthday parties, gifts for young children all the way to adults.

We also have unique greeting cards, inexpensive artwork, music boxes, and a thousand more things, along with all of our musical offerings such as guitars, accessories, sheet music, strings, ukeleles, and a lot more. Come check it out for yourself, and see if you don’t say, “This is my favorite new store!"

Friday, August 11, 2017

What Happens When You Have a Concussion? - Clifford Robbins


Each year in the United States, players of sports and recreational activities receive between 2.5 and 4 million concussions. How dangerous are all those concussions? The answer is complicated and lies in how the brain responds when something strikes it. Clifford Robbins explains the science behind concussions.

Lesson by Clifford Robbins, animation by Boniato Studio.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Playing Musical Instruments in the MRI - The Brain on Music



How does learning to play a musical instrument change the brain? Can music be instrumental (pun intended!) in helping people recovering from strokes?

These are just two questions being answered by researchers at McGill university and the Montreal Neurological Institute. Neurologist Robert Zatorre and his PhD Student Melanie Segado worked with Prof. Marcelo Wanderley, an engineer in the Schulich School of Music, and his student Avrum Hollinger in creating a cello that could be played in an MRI scanner to see how the brain changes as a result of playing a musical instrument.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Left Brain vs. Right Brain Myth - Elizabeth Waters


The human brain is visibly split into a left and right side. This structure has inspired one of the most pervasive ideas about the brain: that the left side controls logic and the right side controls creativity. And yet, this is a myth, unsupported by scientific evidence. So how did this idea come about, and what does it get wrong? Elizabeth Waters looks into this long held misconception.

Lesson by Elizabeth Waters, animation by Daniel Gray.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Why You Shouldn’t Quit Your Music Lessons



Did you take music lessons as a kid? Here’s how the benefits could follow you for the rest of your life!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Can You Find the Next Number in this Sequence? - Alex Gendler


1, 11, 21, 1211, 111221. These are the first five elements of a number sequence. Can you figure out what comes next? Alex Gendler reveals the answer and explains how beyond just being a neat puzzle, this type of sequence has practical applications as well.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Healing Powers and Benefits of Music


Music is known to have healing effects for the soul. It is also regarded as therapy to treat the psychological disturbances of the mind according to the medical experts. People who enjoy good music regularly are known to be happier than people who did not listen to the music.

Music composers have to work hard day and night to create magnificent music that soothes the minds of its listeners. However, not all musicians are able to create soothing music. People have been hearing music since a long time ago as therapy to get rid of melancholic situations and mood swings. On the other hand, music can also multiply your happiness.

Although, people are already aware of the healing effects of music, scientists have researched more into this subject and concluded that the relationship between music and the human mind results in stimulating the brain powers. The stimulation of the mind changes the overall functions of the human body.

Since music has great healing powers, medical experts also suggest that it can be used as a means of therapy to treat various diseases such as depression, anxiety, blood pressure and ADD in children. Medical experts also suggest that musical therapy can also be used to treat pain and stress and some other sicknesses as well. Moreover, it is also suggested that listening to music can be relaxing for patients of different diseases as it excites emotions.

According to a group of medical researchers, listening to music can have positive effects over the behavior of patients who are suffering from cerebral palsy, stroke, and Parkinson's disease. The progress of the patients who listened to music was much better than the patients who did not.

Also, patients who had dementia and head injuries were able to recover quickly after they started listening to music. It completely depends on the type of music a patient prefers listening to; however, it should be noted that listening to melancholic music can have negative effects over the patients.

A research was conducted in which ten musicians (five of each gender) were taken as subjects. A device was used to determine the effects of music to the brain. The participants were asked to listen to four different types of music in sequence. It was found that when the participants heard their favorite music repeatedly, the stimulation of their brain was similar to that of when making the love.


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Friday, July 21, 2017

How the Bendy Straw was Invented | Moments of Vision 12 - Jessica Oreck


Today, Americans use an estimated 500 million drinking straws every day. But where did the idea for this beloved utensil come from? In the twelfth installment of our ‘Moments of Vision’ series, Jessica Oreck shares the origins of the bendy straw.

Lesson and animation by Jessica Oreck.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Health Benefits for Seniors Learning to Play Musical Instruments


Researchers at the Western Sydney University's MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development say even a small amount of musical training can have long-lasting effects, particularly for seniors.

They say playing a musical instrument in retirement is one of the best ways to stay mentally and physically agile.

Music and psychology researcher with the institute, Dr Jennifer MacRitchie, has been studying the benefits of learning an instrument for the first time in people aged over 65, with her most recent study focusing on the piano.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Power of Creative Constraints - Brandon Rodriguez


Imagine you were asked to invent something new. It could be whatever you want, made from anything you choose, in any shape or size. That kind of creative freedom sounds so liberating, doesn’t it? Or ... does it? if you're like most people you’d probably be paralyzed by this task. Why? Brandon Rodriguez explains how creative constraints actually help drive discovery and innovation.

Lesson by Brandon Rodriguez, animation by CUB Animation.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Up Close With A Curator: Octobasse


Join curator Colin Pearson on a descriptive journey of one of the most famous objects at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Teacher Said I Couldn't Do It | Cassiel McEvoy | TEDxYouth@Conejo


Teachers, adults, and people may underestimate your abilities. The answer is to believe in yourself and show them that, yes, you can! Cassiel performs Scherzo-Tarentelle Op. 16 by Henri Wieniawski on her violin.

Cassiel began playing the violin at age four in Tenafly, New Jersey. She studied in New York City and participated in master classes with the likes of Cho Liang Lin and Elmar Oliveira. In 2011, her family moved across the United States to Thousand Oaks, California where she is now a Thousand Oaks High School sophomore. Cassiel plays in the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra and studies with Henri Gronnier at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Cassiel loves to run cross country and track at her high school.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Can You Solve the Fish Riddle? - Steve Wyborney


As the cargo director on the maiden voyage of the S.S. Buoyant, you’ve agreed to transport several tanks containing the last specimens of an endangered fish species to their new aquarium. Unfortunately, the boat is battered by a fierce storm, throwing your precious cargo overboard. Can you get the fish to safety and save the day? Steve Wyborney shows how.

Lesson by Steve Wyborney, animation by Artrake Studio.

Friday, June 30, 2017

How Music Can Heal Our Brain and Heart | Kathleen M. Howland


Music therapy is an ancient and yet very modern practice that has the power to heal and transform our brains and bodies in significant ways. Kathleen Howland, speech language and music therapist explains how music really does have the power to heal our brain and heart.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Music and the Brain


"Music and the Brain" is an educational program created by Lisha Lercari, an educator on a mission to promote the creative benefits of teaching music to young children. Michelle Miller reports.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

How to Squeeze Electricity out of Crystals - Ashwini Bharathula


It might sound like science fiction, but if you press on a crystal of sugar, it will actually generate its own electricity. This simple crystal can act like a tiny power source because sugar happens to be piezoelectric. Ashwini Bharathula explains how piezoelectric materials turn mechanical stress, like pressure, sound waves and other vibrations into electricity, and vice versa.

Lesson by Ashwini Bharathula, animation by Karrot Animation.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Physics of Playing Guitar - Oscar Fernando Perez



Guitar masters like Jimi Hendrix are capable of bending the physics of waves to their wills, plucking melody from inspiration and vibration. But how do wood, metal, and plastic translate into rhythm, melody, and music? Oscar Fernando Perez details the physics of playing the guitar, from first pluck to that final shredding chord.

Lesson by Oscar Fernando Perez , animation by Chris Boyle.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Where Did Music Come From?



We've long believed that music as we know it is unique to our species. But as Anthony shows us, not only is this untrue, but in fact, human music may have been started by a little bird deep in the Amazon jungle.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Why Don't Perpetual Motion Machines Ever Work? - Netta Schramm


Perpetual motion machines — devices that can do work indefinitely without any external energy source — have captured many inventors’ imaginations because they could totally transform our relationship with energy. There’s just one problem: they don’t work. Why not? Netta Schramm describes the pitfalls of perpetual motion machines.

Lesson by Netta Schramm, animation by TED-Ed.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Scientific Benefits of Music


Did you know that listening to music is good for you? This is our science fact of the day and it is all about listening to your favorite tunes!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Chukar Cherries Video


An exploration of Chukar Cherries' roots in Washington's cherry region. Chukar has been transforming the fruits of the Northwest into chocolates, sauces, and wholesome snacks for over 25 years.

Chukar Cherries are Available at Mozart, Einstein & Me!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The World’s Most Mysterious Book - Stephen Bax


Deep inside Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library lies a 240 page tome. Recently carbon dated to around 1420, its pages feature looping handwriting and hand drawn images seemingly stolen from a dream. It is called the Voynich manuscript, and it’s one of history’s biggest unsolved mysteries. The reason why? No one can figure out what it says. Stephen Bax investigates this cryptic work. 

Lesson by Stephen Bax, animation by TED-Ed.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Rhythm & African Percussion Classes - Starts Tomorrow!


Rhythm & African Percussion Classes

KIDS: Thursdays: June 1-22 & June 29-July 27
(skip July 6th)

Ages 6-8: 3:00-4:00pm
Ages 9-13: 4:00-5:00pm

ADULTS: Thursdays: June 1-29 & July 13-August 17
(skip August 3rd)

Beginners: 7:00-8:00pm
Intermediate: 8:15-9:15pm

These classes are a fun and easy way to improve one’s rhythmic skills, while fostering a musical ground-work to last a lifetime and build community at the same time. Drums provided!

Classes are held at Mozart, Einstein & Me
620 First Street, Benicia, CA

Call 707-746-7565 for info and to register, or visit www.holisticdrum.com

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 Summer Violin Workshop for Kids - Last Day to Sign-Up is Tuesday!


An introductory class for young violinists to group playing. Students will focus on playing with good intonation, rhythm and different bowing techniques. Kids will also develop their ensemble skills, i.e., playing their own parts in harmony with other parts, counting measures, music interpretation, listening skills and communicating with their peers through music.

Ages: 7-12

Prerequisites: Minimum two years of violin lessons. Knowledge of at least two scales, basic rhythms and simple bowing techniques. Please sign-up by contacting the number/email below. Deadline is on May 30th, 2017.

Class size: 6-8 students

Time: Every Tuesdays from 6:45pm to 8:00pm (June 13th - July 25th; no class on July 4th)

Venue: Mozart, Einstein & Me, 620 First Street, Benicia, CA 94510

Instructor: Melissa Atienza

Tuition: $165.00

For more information, please contact Melissa at 415-632-7066 or atienzamelissa@yahoo.com

Thursday, May 25, 2017

How Does Your Body Process Medicine? - Céline Valéry


Have you ever wondered what happens to a painkiller, like ibuprofen, after you swallow it? Medicine that slides down your throat can help treat a headache, a sore back, or a throbbing sprained ankle. But how does it get where it needs to go in the first place? Céline Valéry explains how your body processes medicine.

Lesson by Céline Valéry, animation by Daniel Gray.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Rhythm & African Percussion Classes


Rhythm & African Percussion Classes

KIDS: Thursdays: June 1-22 & June 29-July 27
(skip July 6th)

Ages 6-8: 3:00-4:00pm
Ages 9-13: 4:00-5:00pm

ADULTS: Thursdays: June 1-29 & July 13-August 17
(skip August 3rd)

Beginners: 7:00-8:00pm
Intermediate: 8:15-9:15pm

These classes are a fun and easy way to improve one’s rhythmic skills, while fostering a musical ground-work to last a lifetime and build community at the same time. Drums provided!

Classes are held at Mozart, Einstein & Me
620 First Street, Benicia, CA

Call 707-746-7565 for info and to register, or visit www.holisticdrum.com

Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 Summer Violin Workshop for Kids!


An introductory class for young violinists to group playing. Students will focus on playing with good intonation, rhythm and different bowing techniques. Kids will also develop their ensemble skills, i.e., playing their own parts in harmony with other parts, counting measures, music interpretation, listening skills and communicating with their peers through music.

Ages: 7-12

Prerequisites: Minimum two years of violin lessons. Knowledge of at least two scales, basic rhythms and simple bowing techniques. Please sign-up by contacting the number/email below. Deadline is on May 30th, 2017.

Class size: 6-8 students

Time: Every Tuesdays from 6:45pm to 8:00pm (June 13th - July 25th; no class on July 4th)

Venue: Mozart, Einstein & Me, 620 First Street, Benicia, CA 94510

Instructor: Melissa Atienza

Tuition: $165.00

For more information, please contact Melissa at 415-632-7066 or atienzamelissa@yahoo.com

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How the Popsicle Was Invented | Moments of Vision 11 - Jessica Oreck


Each year, approximately 2 billion popsicles are sold worldwide. But where did the idea for this tasty treat come from? In the eleventh installment of our ‘Moments of Vision’ series, Jessica Oreck shares the distracted origins of the popsicle.

Lesson and animation by Jessica Oreck.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 Summer Violin Workshop for Kids!


An introductory class for young violinists to group playing. Students will focus on playing with good intonation, rhythm and different bowing techniques. Kids will also develop their ensemble skills, i.e., playing their own parts in harmony with other parts, counting measures, music interpretation, listening skills and communicating with their peers through music.

Ages: 7-12

Prerequisites: Minimum two years of violin lessons. Knowledge of at least two scales, basic rhythms and simple bowing techniques. Please sign-up by contacting the number/email below. Deadline is on May 30th, 2017.

Class size: 6-8 students

Time: Every Tuesdays from 6:45pm to 8:00pm (June 13th - July 25th; no class on July 4th)

Venue: Mozart, Einstein & Me, 620 First Street, Benicia, CA 94510

Instructor: Melissa Atienza

Tuition: $165.00

For more information, please contact Melissa at 415-632-7066 or atienzamelissa@yahoo.com

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Check Your intuition: The Birthday Problem - David Knuffke


Imagine a group of people. How big do you think the group would have to be before there’s more than a 50% chance that two people in the group have the same birthday? The answer is … probably lower than you think. David Knuffke explains how the birthday problem exposes our often-poor intuition when it comes to probability.

Lesson by David Knuffke, animation by TED-Ed.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Positive Psychological Effects of Music - Benefits of Making and Listening to Music


Learn about the positive benefits of listening to music and the creative psychological effects of creating music in this educational animation. Tons of people listen to hundreds of songs a day for lots of reasons, but this video will break down why we do, and reasons we should keep listening to music. Music has tons of effects on the brain, and a book title “Music and the Mind” is a great resource for more information.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Can You Solve the Pirate Riddle? - Alex Gendler


It’s a good day to be a pirate. Amaro and his four mateys – Bart, Charlotte, Daniel, and Eliza have struck gold – a chest with 100 coins. But now, they must divvy up the booty according to the pirate code — and pirate code is notoriously complicated. Can you help come up with the distribution that Amaro should propose to make sure he lives to tell the tale? Alex Gendler shows how.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Why Do Songs Get Stuck In Your Head?


So, you can't get that song out of your head? You probably have an earworm. Why is this happening? Well, science isn't very clear on this yet. Laci sits down and to discuss what we do know about earworms, and offers some advice on how to get rid of them.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why Do We Itch? - Emma Bryce


The average person experiences dozens of individual itches each day. We’ve all experienced the annoyance of an inconvenient itch — but have you ever pondered why we itch in the first place? Is there actually an evolutionary purpose to the itch, or is it simply there to annoy us? Emma Bryce digs deep into the skin to find out.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Sashko Danylenko.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day Event TODAY at Mozart, Einstein & Me!


2017 Earth Day Event at Mozart, Einstein and Me 
in Benicia and Livermore
April 22, 2017 3 - 6pm while supplies last

Fore more information call: (707) 746-7565

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 Earth Day Event at Mozart, Einstein and Me


2017 Earth Day Event at Mozart, Einstein and Me 
in Benicia and Livermore
April 22, 2017 3 - 6pm while supplies last

Fore more information call: (707) 746-7565

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Why Do Animals Have Such Different Lifespans? - Joao Pedro de Magalhaes


For the microscopic lab worm C. elegans, life equates to just a few short weeks on Earth. The bowhead whale, on the other hand, can live over two hundred years. Why are these lifespans so different? And what does it really mean to ‘age' anyway? Joao Pedro de Magalhaes explains why the pace of aging varies greatly across animals.

Lesson by Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, animation by Sharon Colman.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

How Does Music Affect the Brain: 16 Great Benefits


If you’re wondering how does music affect the brain then you must know that there are many ways in which music affects the brain. It can bring back memories, it improves focus, it improves our creativity, music increases our verbal IQ levels, music can alter our state of consciousness, it eases pain, musical choices can affect our personalities, music can improve productivity, it improves visual attention, it influences hormone secretion, it eliminates anxiety, it improves our reasoning and motor skills, music can help bring people together, music can help treat heart disease, music can help us to read other people, music can increase your immune system and more.

Playing music helps your brain relax. If you’re tired play your favorite music and you should immediately feel better. I heard once from a scientist that each of us should listen to our favorite music at least for 20 minutes a day.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Can You Solve the Virus Riddle? - Lisa Winer


Your research team has found a prehistoric virus preserved in the permafrost and isolated it for study. After a late night working, you’re just closing up the lab when a sudden earthquake hits and breaks all the sample vials. Will you be able to destroy the virus before the vents open and unleash a deadly airborne plague? Lisa Winer shows how.

Lesson by Lisa Winer, animation by Artrake Studio.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

4 Powerful Benefits Of Learning a Musical Instrument After 50


When you think of a “typical” music student, you might picture a 7-year-old girl, sitting nervously in front of a piano, her tiny fingers resting lightly on the keys. Several decades ago, you may have even been that little girl. Well, if you think that musical instruments are just for kids, it’s probably time to update your soundtrack. There are plenty of reasons people over 50 should consider adding a little music to their lives.

Music is for Your Brain what Circuit Training is for Your Body

As the fitter baby boomers among us know, circuit training involves moving from one exercise machine to another, while giving ourselves a total body workout. There are very few activities that can do the same for your brain – and music is one of them.

According to researchers, most activities use only a few areas of the brain at a time. Playing a musical instrument, on the other hand, sets of a symphony of activity all over your brain.

So, if you are interested in keeping your mind sharp in the decades ahead, you may want to put down the TV remote and pick up a set of drumsticks or a violin bow.

Watch this short TEDvideo for an explanation of exactly how playing a musical instrument affects your brain.


Your Choice of Instrument is a Reflection of Your Personality

Were you forced to play a musical instrument as a child? Many of us are first introduced to playing music when we pick up our first recorder in elementary school. Others are required by, occasionally over-optimistic, parents to learn the piano or violin.

There’s nothing wrong with introducing kids to music. In fact, this is a great idea. At the same time, many of us leave childhood with apathy, if not outright distaste, for playing music. There is something about being forced to do something that steals all of the fun from the activity.

Now that you are in your 50s or 60s, you get to call the shots. Is there an instrument that you have always been fascinated with? Have you, perhaps, always wanted to play the drums? Or, did you idolize guitar players in your youth? Do you have a secret desire to be a DJ? Now is the time to turn your musical dreams into reality.

Learning an Instrument is a Great Way to Make Friends

Life after 50 can be a challenging time from a social perspective. With their kids out of the house, many baby boomers find themselves lacking the social ties that they had in other stages of their lives. In addition, many of us have gone through a divorce or lost a partner.

Learning an instrument can be a fantastic way to get out into the world and meet new people on your own terms. In the beginning, your main interaction may be with your teacher. But, after a while, you will start to meet other musicians who share a passion for your instrument or style of music.

Who knows, after several years, you may even decide to join a band or start one of your own.

Music Can Build Your Self-Esteem

Learning an instrument is one of the best ways to build your confidence. For starters, it is something that you can do from the comfort of your home, at least in the beginning. There are tons of online courses that can teach you anything from guitar to electronic music production. Every note you play will ring out as proof that you can do anything that you set your mind to.

One of the biggest myths about aging is that the older we get the less able we are to learn new things. What nonsense! This isn’t true at 70 and it certainly isn’t true at 50. So, why not add a little music to your life? Your body, brain and social life will thank you!

Article Source: http://sixtyandme.com/benefits-of-learning-a-musical-instrument-after-50/