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.

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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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Robert Gupta: Music is Medicine, Music is Sanity

Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician -- and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A-Rhythm-Etic. The Math Behind the Beats - Clayton Cameron

Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren't cooler than math—they simply rely on it.

Talk by Clayton Cameron.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Stop and Hear the Music

Will one of the nation's greatest violinists be noticed in a D.C. Metro stop during rush hour? Joshua Bell experimented for Gene Weingarten's story in The Washington Post: (Video by John W. Poole)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Diamond Head Ukulele's In 8 Crazy and Cool Colors Are Hot Seller!

Stan shows off a hot seller in their ukulele inventory. They are popular because they are so inexpensive (only $39.95!!) and they come in 8 crazy bright colors like the blue one shown, also in red, orange and more, and lastly because they are a good enough quality for the price that they are tunable and easy to play! These are available at the Benicia CA and Livermore CA stores.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dementia: Singing for the Brain

'Singing for the Brain' is a service provided by Alzheimer's Society, which uses singing and other activities to bring people with dementia or memory loss together. Watch a group of participants and their carers talk about the service's benefits.