Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Can You Solve the Wizard Standoff Riddle? - Dan Finkel


You’ve been chosen as a champion to represent your wizarding house in a deadly duel against two rival magic schools. Your opponents are a powerful sorcerer who wields a wand that can turn people into fish, and a powerful enchantress who wields a wand that turns people into statues. Can you choose a wand and devise a strategy that ensures you will win the duel? Dan Finkel shows how.

Lesson by Dan Finkel, animation by Artrake Studio.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Summer Violin Workshop for Kids!


A course 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. A recital will be held at the end of the course.

Ages: 7-15

Prerequisites: Minimum two years of violin lessons. Knowledge of at least two scales, basic rhythms and simple bowing techniques. To apply, please send your information to the email below. The instructor will contact you to schedule an audition. You may also submit an audition video of a piece and a major scale. Returning students do not need to audition. Deadline is on June 2nd, 2018.

Class size: 6-8 students

Duration of Course: 8 weeks

Schedule: Every Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm (June 12th - July 31th ,2018)

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

Instructor: Melissa Atienza

Tuition: $220.00

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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Why Stradivarius Violins Are Worth Millions


Antonio Stradivari is generally considered the greatest violin maker of all time. His violins are played by some of the top musicians in the world and sell for as much as $16 million. For centuries people have puzzled over what makes his violins so great and they are the most scientifically studied instruments in history. I spoke to two world class violinists who play Stradivarius violins as well as a violin-maker about what makes Stradivari so great.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Journey to Pluto, the Farthest World Ever Explored - Alan Stern


As of 1989, mankind had successfully sent craft to every known planet in the solar system except one: Pluto. Located in an mysterious region called the Kuiper Belt, Pluto is a scientific goldmine, and could hold clues to the formation of our solar system. Alan Stern explains how NASA's New Horizons mission is going to allow us to see Pluto for the first time.

Lesson by Alan Stern, animation by Eoin Duffy.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Visit Our Booth TODAY at the 2018 Livermore Wine Country Downtown Street Fest


We are hosting a GAME On! 

Visit our booth at the festival on Sunday, May 20th between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

Individuals or groups can learn new games that include dice, cards, and board games.

In addition… the afternoon will include a hands-on introduction to building your own computer from PIPER Company.


For more information about Visit Livermore Downtown

Friday, May 18, 2018

Neuroscientist Explains the Laurel vs. Yanny Phenomenon | WIRED


The Laurel vs. Yanny debate is taking the internet by storm. WIRED's Louise Matsakis speaks with Tyler Perrachione, PhD, about why certain people hear Laurel when playing the now-infamous audio clip and others hear Yanny.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Summer Violin Workshop for Kids!


A course 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. A recital will be held at the end of the course.

Ages: 7-15

Prerequisites: Minimum two years of violin lessons. Knowledge of at least two scales, basic rhythms and simple bowing techniques. To apply, please send your information to the email below. The instructor will contact you to schedule an audition. You may also submit an audition video of a piece and a major scale. Returning students do not need to audition. Deadline is on June 2nd, 2018.

Class size: 6-8 students

Duration of Course: 8 weeks

Schedule: Every Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm (June 12th - July 31th ,2018)

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

Instructor: Melissa Atienza

Tuition: $220.00

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

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Can You Solve the False Positive Riddle? - Alex Gendler


Mining unobtainium is hard work – the rare mineral appears in only 1% of rocks in the mine. But your friend Tricky Joe has something up his sleeve. The unobtainium detector he’s been perfecting for months is finally ready, and it returns accurate readings 90% of the time. But can it really be trusted? Alex Gendler explains the false positive paradox.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Come Visit Us at this Year’s Downtown Street Fest Livermore Wine Country 2018


We are hosting a GAME On! 

Visit our booth at the festival on Sunday, May 20th between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

Individuals or groups can learn new games that include dice, cards, and board games.

In addition… the afternoon will include a hands-on introduction to building your own computer from PIPER Company.


For more information about Visit Livermore Downtown

Monday, May 7, 2018

What's the Difference Between Hibernation and Sleep? - Sheena Lee Faherty


The Arctic Ground Squirrel hibernates by burrowing under the permafrost and slipping into a state of suspended animation. The female black bear can give birth while she hibernates. The fat-tailed dwarf lemur prepares to hibernate by storing its fat reserves in its tail - doubling its body weight. Why do these animals go to such extremes? Sheena Lee Faherty details why animals hibernate.

Lesson by Sheena Lee Faherty, animation by Rémi Cans.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Summer Violin Workshop for Kids!


A course 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. A recital will be held at the end of the course.

Ages: 7-15

Prerequisites: Minimum two years of violin lessons. Knowledge of at least two scales, basic rhythms and simple bowing techniques. To apply, please send your information to the email below. The instructor will contact you to schedule an audition. You may also submit an audition video of a piece and a major scale. Returning students do not need to audition. Deadline is on June 2nd, 2018.

Class size: 6-8 students

Duration of Course: 8 weeks

Schedule: Every Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm (June 12th - July 31th ,2018)

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

Instructor: Melissa Atienza

Tuition: $220.00

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

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.