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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This is a song that three friends...me included...are writing...only two of the friends did not know each other before this started! I posted a FaceBook status one day about the beauty of sitting on my porch and all the lovely things around me and one friend said, That's a country song if I ever heard one." I said, "Go for it Sarah." She said, "I need a melody." The other friend said, "I have a melody." And thus...the conception of a song was born. Sarah had a verse, Sandy had a tune, I had a chorus idea that blended with Sarah's. I opened Garage Band and began to arrange and sing and learn. We began working with scans and messages and ideas back and forth and it has finally all come together. We are going to copyright it and send it to producers for consideration. Who knows...maybe someone will want to sing it...besides us of course. It's an ongoing and delightful endeavor!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Studying Music Makes You Smarter
This is for everyone who wishes their parents hadn’t signed them up for music lessons! According to the health and wellness website PsychCentral.com, practicing an instrument makes you smarter and improves your prospects for the future. How so?
- First: Learning music makes you smarter. A study at the University of Toronto study found that grade school kids who took either piano or voice lessons had a three point increase in IQ compared to kids who received no musical training.
- Also:When scientists assigned five piano finger exercises to non-musicians, there were changes in their brains in less than a week. Connections between the problem-solving regions of the brain improved, and the area dedicated to finger movement increased in size. That’s the same area of the brain that controls memory and language skills.
- Speaking of language: A study at Northwestern University found that people with musical training have an easier time learning a second language.
- One final reason taking music lessons is smart: They’ll help you get into college. According to the U.S. Department of Education, high school students who study music get better SAT scores. Students who study music also tend to have higher GPAs and higher acceptance rates to medical school.
Still not convinced that studying music is smart? Let me leave you with this: As a boy, Albert Einstein struggled in school, but instead of following his teacher’s advice and getting him a tutor, Einstein’s parents bought him a violin. He credited the instrument with making his scientific breakthroughs possible, and played it whenever he was working on a tough problem.