Thursday, August 18, 2016

Music Makes Kids Happy and Smarter

Don’t you guys just love music? Do you know why for some reason it is so easy to change your mood by listening to the music you like? Music has, in fact, been scientifically proven to make us happy, smarter and more vibrant.

If we look at our brains closely we will be able to see neural pathways. These pathways are where information travels to and fro.  When we listen to music, these pathways come alive. And here’s another thing, when we level up to music making or playing musical instruments new neural pathways are created. Advanced technology such as PET scans and MRI imaging has made it possible to monitor the brain. This is why when engaged in such activity our spirits become more alive and our thinking processes become more enhanced. Problem solving and creativity are developed when music is incorporated to any activity that requires a lot of thinking.

In addition, music is said to be part of our biological heritage and is hard wired into our genes as a survival strategy. Music was used in earlier generations for intra-group communication that increased group safety and identification improving notification of pending threat or environmental changes. Music was also used to increase harmony and social bonding among those playing it or listening to it. In this manner, it is said that music may have contributed to changes in the brain such as verbal memory, counting, and self-discipline, which have enhanced survival.
 
With these findings, it is safe to assume that incorporating music to our children’s daily activities will reap benefits later on. Not for us, but for their survival in this competitive world. Helping them learn the musical arts, music making, or playing musical instruments will teach them self-discipline, patience, and organizational values which will give them better chances of leading a better and more productive life.
 
To get started on this venture, there are many research literatures available about Music and the Brain. Also, Sharon Burch, a music teacher hailing from Iowa and author of the Freddie the Frog® book series has lined up useful books to help your kids become more interested in music. With the mission of breaking down big abstract music concepts into developmentally appropriate pieces for kids, the book series tells a fictitious story appropriate for kids that depicts unforgettable characters and stories about the musical staff, musical notesFeature Articles, and all other musical concepts.


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Learn more about Freddie the Frog® here, www.freddiethefrog.com and www.freddiethefrogbooks.com.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How Music Impacts Our Everyday Lives

Music is a gift no one can ignore. It has a huge impact on every phase of life. No one in the world is untouched by it. This article explores the various facets of music.

Good music can make a huge difference in any environment. It makes a child happy, helps a lover express his feelings, makes everyone dance and can even make plants grow faster! It is rare to find someone who actually abhors music.

Most of the people not only like listening to it but also learning it in various forms. If you are a disc jockey, you can spin music for others. Many try to learn to play musical instruments. Others, with even passable singing voices, aim to train themselves to sing. Then there are those who use dance as a medium to enjoy music. Many actually love composing music and the rest like music recording.

Kids have a special affinity to music. Even newborns love to hear soothing sounds. In fact doctors claim that playing soft music when pregnant helps a child in the womb calm down and become more musically inclined. Much of what a child likes in music depends upon what he has been exposed to in his childhood. So, if you love listening to rock, your child will probably pick up that trait too. Newborns have been seen to respond positively to melodious tunes. Many cranky babies become quieter on being exposed to rhythmic and soft sounds. Mothers have been known to help their babies sleep with the sweet strains of lullabies. Parents can download music that soothe their kid and use that to help him get calm.

Where would lovers be without music? Some of the best songs and tunes have been utterly romantic. Who can forget the hauntingly beautiful title track of “Love Story”? Lovers have been using music to express their feelings from ancient times. The ancient tribes in almost any place on earth used some form of music and dancing to attract mates. Whether it was the drums of Africa, the piano of Europe or flute of India, hypnotic music has brought many a couple together. Lord Krishna’s mellifluous flute tunes have made him one of the most romantic Gods ever. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were known to break into songs to let out their feelings and even today, most of Hollywood’s romantic comedies heavily depend on digital music recording to become blockbusters.

Of course, there would be no dance without music. Dance is one of the easiest ways to feel completely free. But unless there is some good foot tapping number on, dancing is out of the question. Even if you have two left feet, you will sway to the sounds of the popular songs. Music is the life of parties. Discos and bars cannot do without it. Whether it is a wedding dance or a birthday bash, music can make any social occasion full of fun.

If you love music, you love life. It can touch souls, pass great messages and change the world. So, sing, danceArticle Submission, compose or just plain listen to music and set your soul free. It is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the moment and live it up.



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The author loves mixing music. You can make your own music by setting up a home recording studio and using a good music production software. Learn all the music terms with the help of an online music dictionary.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Bringing Music to Art

"Today, I find myself interested in graphic arts and multimedia; albeit with music written upon my heart and soul."

As a very young child, I began a long journey of piano playing which has followed me all the way through my adulthood. From childhood lessons to adult lessons, and after decades of musical education which included reading notes, chords, scales, music theory, and composition, you would think I'd feel like I had achieved my musical goals. To the contrary, I still have so much more to learn! However, once any pianist reaches an expert level, it is difficult (and expensive) to find the musical instruction required to keep going. From this experience, coupled with other twist of events, I have drifted away from playing music. Today, I find myself interested in graphic arts and multimedia; albeit with music written upon my heart and soul.

Music has been one of the strongest influences to my artistic expressions and has helped me understand how to express beauty, rhythm, and movement. From my photography background (from which I photographed thousands of images), I learned the seven wonders of photography, the importance of framing and composition, and how to create emphasis. So you might wonder, how could music influence artistic expressions of a different medium?

When I used to play the piano, sometimes I would reach to fasten my seatbelt, but of course, it was not there. This often happened right before I started to play, and perhaps this occurred because I felt as if I was about to travel through space. From my mind's eye, and at the point I was lost in my music, I could easily envision colorful, geometric forms. The forms were beautiful. Other times, I would see imaginary birds flying, and possibly those birds are manifesting themselves through my graphic designs today. My sketchbooks are filled with endless imaginary birds; and I often wonder, where is this imagery coming from? There seems to be no end to it.

In music, the rhythm can slow down and speed up, pause or sustain a tone, leap, or even freeze for an instant; but if the rhythm breaks--sadly, the moment is lost. Is art any different? Isn't this concept similar to what we know as a design principle? Each piece of artwork whether it be 2-D or 3-D needs to pull together as a unit and needs to have the same feeling of completeness in the same way as expected in a song; that is, at least to the point of solving all the design problems related to it.

Next time you find yourself stuck, creatively speaking, turn on music which harmonizes with the piece you are working on. Amazingly, in the way songs are written and in the way words are expressed within them, pianists vary the way they choose to strike the keys. So, why wouldn't music influence how the artist's brush strikes the canvas? To experience what I'm trying to convey, close your eyes and draw with your imaginary pen or brush and strike the air as the music influences you; and let the music influence how you make your abstract design. If brush strokes and lines are artists' signatures, then why not let your signatures be influenced by audio multimedia?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Using Music Charts to Find New Music

If you like to listen to music then you probably are already aware of some of the more famous top music charts. There is however many other music charts to be found. Regardless of the type of music you listen to you can find a music chart that tracks the top music in your favorite genre.

Finding popular music charts online is easy. You can do simply Google searches or you can look at a music website such as ITunes and view their various music charts.

One great thing about top music lists is that if you are introduced to a new form of music such as Reggae then you can find other popular Reggae music that you may also like.

One of the best ways of finding popular music charts is to use a popular website such as ITunes. You can look at all of the music charts and lists they offer even if you never purchase any MP3’s from them. You can find musical charts that encompass all forms of music. These charts are spectacular for finding new artists and popular songs.

Emerging trends on musical charts allow new artists that have a hit song to be able to get more airplay on their other songs that are not as popular. By tracking musical charts you can find songs you like a lot but never get any radio airplay. Just because a song is not played a lot on the radio does not mean you won’t like it. Musical Charts help you find these songs.

Check Out The Various Genres Of Music Here

What are the different genres of music ruling the charts these days? Read on to find out! From classical to hip hop to jazz, this article will help you learn about all types of music.

It is very difficult to categorize music and yet these days any album coming out is referred to by its particular genre. In order to really enjoy the different genre of music, it is important to understand them. This article will take you through all the major types of music that rule the hearts of millions of people around the world. You can decide which is best for music recording and which you can actually try to learn.

One of the most important categories of music is classical music. This is the type of music that needs a lot of hard work because of its inherent complexity. Classical music is not simple and definitely not for bathroom singers. It needs a lot of practice and learning to master this art. Most operas feature this music and the divas who sing the classical songs are highly respected for their range and layered performances. Classical music is taken very seriously by people who love it and if you are interested in it you may have to be coached rigorously to be stage ready.

Another type of music that has roots in very early days is the tribal music. Tribal music is inherent to particular tribes and does not need any expensive studio equipment for its creation. The tribal music of many African, Hawaiians and the American Indian tribes have qualities unique to them. Lots of African tribal music is fast paced while the Hawaiian music is very lively. American Indian music often has a haunting quality that stirs the soul. Similarly, the Nordic tribes or the Arabic ones have their own music that can be very spontaneous and emotive. If you love dancing to simple, nature based music, tribal music is best for you.

Hip-hop is a rather new kid on the block in comparison to the aforementioned veterans of music. However, it has caught the fancy of the young generation to a huge extent. Low waist pants, gesturing moves, a cool attitude and rhythmic word play – all come together to give a special quality to hip hop music.  If you want to be considered hip and cool, you may want to consider a number of hip hop songs while you download music on your iPod.

Another famous music genre is Rock. Long hair, a guitar in hand and a loud voice are the main features of a rocker. The kind of frenzy a rock band evokes is hard to emulate. The pulsating music and aggressive moves make this music, one of the most popular on earth. If you are a member of a rock band, you have a ticket to instant fame.

You can also opt for the rustic and definitely much softer music genre called country music. Other musical forms are jazz which is one of the most soulful categories, blues which as the name suggests specializes in sad numbers, dance which you will love if you work as a disc jockey, folk which is another age old form of music and many others.

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