Thursday, June 28, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Benefits of Music Therapy in Fighting Depression

At Newport Academy, teens learn to acknowledge and express their deep-rooted emotions through making and listening to music, and spend time playing music together.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

What Causes Insomnia? - Dan Kwartler

What keeps you up at night? Pondering deep questions? Excitement about a big trip? Stress about unfinished work? What if the very thing keeping you awake was stress about losing sleep? This seemingly unsolvable loop is at the heart of insomnia, the world’s most common sleep disorder. So what is insomnia? And is there any way to break the cycle? Dan Kwartler details the science of insomnia.

Lesson by Dan Kwartler, animation by Sharon Colman.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Why Do People Like Sad Music

Research from the Tokyo University of the Arts and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, shows that listening to sad music might make people feel happier.

Sad music is just as popular as happy music - but why?

Research from the Tokyo University of the Arts and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, shows that listening to sad music might make people feel happier.

The researchers played two sad songs and one happier sounding song, and had the subjects rate how the songs emotionally affected them.

The songs were also played with switched keys, having the major key pieces played in a minor key and vice versa.

Professor Ai Kawakami, who worked on the study wrote: "Music that is perceived as sad actually induces romantic emotion as well as sad emotion. And people, regardless of their musical training, experience this ambivalent emotion to listen to the sad music."

When people listen to music they are also aware that it is not reality, but an artistic interpretation of emotion rather than a true life event, like being emotionally affected by a tragic play or film.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Can You Solve the Giant Cat Army Riddle? - Dan Finkel

The villainous Dr. Schrödinger has developed a growth ray and intends to create an army of giant cats to terrorize the city. Your team of secret agents has tracked him to his underground lab. You burst in to find… that it’s a trap! Can you escape from Dr. Schrödinger’s lair and save the day? Dan Finkel shows how.

Lesson by Dan Finkel, animation by Artrake Studio.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

There Are Many Benefits to Learning an Instrument

There are so many advantages to learning to play an instrument. The benefits are many, and can carry many years into your life. Whether young or old, it is a worthwhile investment of our time to undertake the fun task of learning to play.

First of all, the research shows that exposing children to music, and music training, can improve a childs' reading age, their IQ, and it affects the development of certain areas of the brain. Adults who learn and practice an instrument, are helping their minds to stay alert and focused. And there is evidence that it helps the memory.

Those who practice an instrument are teaching themselves to be disciplined as well. For you must set aside time to work on your new skills, which can be rewarding and fun in itself. And self-discipline is an area every person can use improvement in. And carries into every other area of our lives. Music can be a great way to relieve stress. We have all had those days that our stress level is elevated, and the right song can soothe us, and help to relieve some stress. And there is something even better about hearing that music come from an instrument that you are playing.

There is a great sense of achievement in playing tunes on your own instrument. It may not happen overnight, but the dedication and work involved adds to the great feeling you get when that music comes to life by your own hands. Yes, it is hard work, but it is also a lot of fun. And it is very rewarding as well.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Can You Solve the Penniless Pilgrim Riddle? - Daniel Finkel

After months of travel, you’ve arrived at Duonia, home to the famous temple that’s the destination of your pilgrimage. The walk from the welcome center to the temple isn't a long one ... but there’s a problem. Can you outsmart the city's imposed tax and make it to the temple without paying a fee? Daniel Finkel shows how.

Lesson by Daniel Finkel, animation by Artrake Studio.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Benefits of Music: Sound, Language & Memory

There is evidence that shows parallels between how we process music and the way we process language. The benefits of music are endless!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Why Every American Graduation Plays the Same Song

We're all familiar with Pomp & Circumstance, the graduation song that's the official soundtrack of almost every commencement. But how did it get so big? In this episode of Vox's Almanac, Phil Edwards investigates and finds diamonds, war, and Dame Clara Butt.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Why is There No Saxophone in the Orchestra?

The saxophone is one of the most popular instruments, so why is it not a regular in the orchestra? Contrary to what some people say, it's not because the sax "doesn't blend" - in fact, it was designed with blending in mind, and blends fantastically well with almost any instrument. The real reasons are largely historical to do with the cartel-like world of Parisian instrument manufacturers in the 19th Century, and the effect this had on the instrument's perception over the next 100 years.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

How to Stay Calm Under Pressure - Noa Kageyama and Pen-Pen Chen

Your favorite athlete closes in for a win; the crowd holds its breath, and at the crucial moment ... she misses the shot. That competitor just experienced the phenomenon known as “choking,” where despite months, even years, of practice, a person fails right when it matters most. Why does this happen, and what can we do to avoid it? Noa Kageyama and Pen-Pen Chen explain why we choke under pressure. 

Lesson by Noa Kageyama and Pen-Pen Chen, animation by Olesya Shchukina.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Musician Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty ft. Jacob Collier & Herbie Hancock | WIRED

23-year-old musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier explains the concept of harmony to 5 different people; a child, a teen, a college student, a professional, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock.