Friday, November 27, 2015

Why Do Your Knuckles Pop? - Eleanor Nelsen

Some people love the feeling of cracking their knuckles, while others cringe at the sound. But what causes that trademark pop? And is it dangerous? Eleanor Nelsen gives the facts behind joint popping.

Lesson by Eleanor Nelsen, animation by Steve Belfer Creative.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Enchanting Music of Sign Language | Christine Sun Kim | TED Talks

Artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn't a part of her life, that it was a hearing person's thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn't have to be known solely through the ears — it can be felt, seen and experienced as an idea. In this endearing talk, she invites us to open our eyes and ears and participate in the rich treasure of visual language.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stan Houston and His Guitar Student Perform at Cullen's

Stan and Cailey performed together in downtown Benicia at Cullen's monthly tasting. Cailey has been Stan's guitar student for 10 years. Stan believes that learning an instrument needs to include performance as well as playing with other musicians. This enables the student to learn when to lead and when to follow....both are important. Isn't this a lesson for us all...?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Drop Off Letters to Santa at Mozart, Einstein & Me!

Make sure your letter gets to Santa before Christmas! They can be dropped off in front of Mozart, Einstein & Me at 739 First Street in Bencia.

Just place the letter in an envelope and drop it in the box - no stamp necessary!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds | Meklit Hadero | TED Talks

Using examples from birdsong, the natural lilt of emphatic language and even a cooking pan lid, singer-songwriter and TED Fellow Meklit Hadero shows how the everyday soundscape, even silence, makes music. "The world is alive with musical expression," she says. "We are already immersed."

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Child Prodigy, a Painful Disease, and a Life-Changing Treatment

Caesar Sant of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, began playing the violin at age two and as a toddler amazed his music teachers with his advanced abilities. But by the age of five, he had suffered three debilitating strokes due to sickle-cell anemia. His third stroke left him unable to walk or play the violin. Now, as he tries to regain his musical abilities, he has a newborn sister who can provide a bone marrow transplant that could be lifesaving and could ensure he'll always be able to play the violin.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Group theory 101: How to play a Rubik’s Cube like a piano - Michael Staff

Mathematics explains the workings of the universe, from particle physics to engineering and economics. Math is even closely related to music, and their common ground has something to do with a Rubik's Cube puzzle. Michael Staff explains how group theory can teach us to play a Rubik’s Cube like a piano.

Lesson by Michael Staff, animation by Shixie.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Mozart, Einstein & Me. Music and Creative Skills

ABC Music in Benicia CA and Livermore CA has changed their venue. They are still a music store, but have added so much more to help students learn better and more effectively. Their name is changed from ABC Music to Mozart, Einstein & Me. This change not only gives their retail stores a whole new look and feel, it helps students to become better creative musicians, and the gift ideas are pretty awesome too. Stan Houston, owner of Mozart, Einstein & Me gives us a tour of the new look and feel of their Benicia CA store.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How to Grow a Bone - Nina Tandon

Can you grow a human bone outside the human body? The answer may soon be yes. Nina Tandon explores the possibility by examining how bones naturally grow inside the body, and illuminating how scientists are hoping to replicate that process in a lab.

Lesson by Nina Tandon, animation by Giant Animation Studios.