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.