Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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/

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Last Banana: A Thought Experiment in Probability - Leonardo Barichello


Imagine a game of dice: if the biggest number rolled is one, two, three, or four, player 1 wins. If the biggest number rolled is five or six, player 2 wins. Who has the best probability of winning the game? Leonardo Barichello explains how probability holds the answer to this seemingly counterintuitive puzzle.

Lesson by Leonardo Barichello, animation by Ace & Son Moving Picture Co, LLC.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Top That! Game For All Ages


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

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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!"

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Music and Emotions | Benefits of Music


"In one study we did recently, there had been some older people who had been on medication for depression for many years. They joined a choir or instrumental group and spent some time actively making music with other people. After a few weeks, they felt able to throw their medication away."

Dr Susan Hallam, Emerita Professor of Education and Music Psychology, on the benefits of taking part in music.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Can You Solve the Dark Coin Riddle? - Lisa Winer


You heard the travelers’ tales, you followed the maps, and now, you’ve finally located the dungeon containing a stash of ancient coins. The good news: the wizard who owns the castle has generously agreed to let you have the coins. The bad news: he’s not quite as generous about letting you leave the dungeon ... unless you solve his puzzle. Can you solve it and get out alive? Lisa Winer shows how. 

Lesson by Lisa Winer, animation by Artrake Studio.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Two Upright Pianos For Sale - Available at Mozart, Einstein & Me in Benicia!

Ernest Gable & Brother - $1700. Built in the early 1900's. Unique design with built-in iron candelabras. Truly a showpiece. Great tone, recently tuned.

Steinway: Built late 1800's. Recently cleaned and tuned. Wonderful Steinway tones. $3000.

Both pianos are available for review at our Benicia location. Store is open 7 days a week. Please call ahead at 707-746-7565.








Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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!"

Monday, January 15, 2018

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.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Making Music From Space!


There is no sound in space. In the near-vacuum of space, there is nothing to transmit the physical waves that we need to perceive sound. But that doesn't mean we can't MAKE sound from space. This week, I feature several artists using scientific data to create "space sonification" projects. From the longest palindrome ever created to a chorus created from Earth's magnetic field, these pieces lie at the intersection of art and science. More than just art, they allow us to perceive patterns in complex data in a completely new way

Perhaps it answers the question: If the universe had a voice, what song would it sing?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

How Does Your Immune System Work? - Emma Bryce


The immune system is a vast network of cells, tissues, and organs that coordinate your body’s defenses against any threats to your health. Without it, you’d be exposed to billions of bacteria, viruses, and toxins that could make something as minor as a paper cut or a seasonal cold fatal. So how does it work? Emma Bryce takes you inside the body to find out.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Cabong Studios.

Monday, January 8, 2018

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.

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, January 5, 2018

6 Benefits Of Music - How Music Can Help


Everywhere you look, (or I guess listen), music is all around us. It's on the television we watch, the commercials trying to sell us something and in all forms of entertainment you can think of. The use of music to infuse a particular feeling or emotion is abundant and effective everywhere.

Music as a sales tool is well known and powerful, but what about using music as a form of therapy? If commercials and television can project a certain feeling with it, then why can't we use it to invoke the same response for ourselves in a positive manner?

When going through a divorce, music played a large role in helping me feel better. At the time, it didn't matter how, but playing music made me feel better, so that's what I did. I listened to it, which encouraged me to learn it. The more I practiced, the more it helped me feel better.

There are many different ways in which music can assist in getting through difficult times. And many of those qualities can help anyone struggling with change.

Reduces Stress: Some music when listened to can help reduce stress and anxiety. Listening to soft, soothing music is often used in the practice of meditation to help calm the mind.

Helps With Depression: Depression can be a very debilitating stage we go through when recovering from some loss. Listening to music can release endorphins, making us feel better, even if it's just a little, it can help bring you up.

Builds Confidence: When taking music to the next level, like learning how to play the guitar, the benefits of music become more intense. Learning something new can do great things for your confidence, very useful when times are tough.

Teaches Discipline: Once again, when taking on an activity like learning the guitar, discipline is needed in order to advance with it. In order to get better at playing an instrument, you need to practice and discipline assists in keeping you motivated to practice.

Promotes Teamwork: If you enjoy playing and become confident with it, you may start looking at joining a band. When joining to play with others, teamwork is essential in having a successful partnership.

Social Outlet: Music has always been the center of social gatherings. It's an opportunity for people to have something to discuss and share experiences with. From the big arena to the small venue down the street, music brings people together socially.

Music plays a critical role in our lives, from how we feel about ourselves to being around others with the same interest. When looking for something to help bring some interest back into your life, music can be an excellent opportunity to learn and discover more about yourself.


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Amazing Health Benefits of Music


There is no single definition that will encompass all the facets of music. As observed, music is not exclusive to human beings – animals make music too! One of the most famous lines about music is that it is a universal language. For some reason, music affects people in ways that are utterly inexplicable. To some, communication through music goes deeper than words and letters can penetrate. There are some parts of our emotions and beings that are affected by music in the most peculiar ways. Over the years, in fact, scientists have been correlating music and health.

Here are some of the effects of music to human health – physically and mentally.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

How to Manage Your Time More Effectively (According to Machines) - Brian Christian


Human beings and computers alike share the challenge of how to get as much done as possible in a limited time. Over the last fifty or so years, computer scientists have learned a lot of good strategies for managing time effectively — and they have a lot of experience with what can go wrong. Brian Christian shares how we can use some of these insights to help make the most of our own lives.

Lesson by Brian Christian, animation by Adriatic Animation.