Listening to Music is a pleasurable activity whether we are skilled musicians or do not play an instrument or sing. Listening to Music can lift our emotions when we are down, can motivate us when we lack drive, can provide us with joy and excitement and connects with our inner being or our soul/spirit. This post explores why this is possible by exploring 6 different ways our brain transforms sound into emotions. It also explores the consequences involved in losing hearing on the emotions through the brain. It provides music examples for each of the 6 different ways the brain transforms sound into emotion.Read More
This post explores the art of introduction and its importance in a group setting. Then this leads to a discussion of the art of conversation as it relates to music using Nocturne in E flat major by Chopin and Impromptu in A flat major op 90 by Schubert as examples. This method then provides the listener with a familiar yet personal process in which to engage in classical music.Read More
How are traditions of a country and/or world connected to Music? How do attitudes of individuals impact on society or on the world? The post explores these issues and provides the impact that Music plays in society for us as individuals and as a nation and world. It also highlights National Sorry Day in Australia and the Multi Cultural celebrations to be held this week in Canberra.Read More
Why are we fascinated by fireworks? What is its connection to our emotions and Music? You may be surprised with the findings. This post explores 9 possible reasons for humanity’s fascination and its effect on our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Then, we explore how these reasons interconnect with Music with a number of music examples for your listening and enjoyment related to fireworks.
Knowing the benefits of fireworks to our overall health and well being may provide an extra bonus next time you are watching fireworks display. Click to read this fascinating post.Read More
This post is the first in a weekly series called Orchestral Instruments in which I will discuss the families of instruments, their origins/history, Characteristics of the instruments of the orchestra as well as other instruments which are not regular orchestra members.
This post discusses the humble instrument the Recorder. Even though it is not a regular member of the orchestra. it is often the first introduction to playing an instrument that children have at school.
Many parents cringe at the thought of their child learning the recorder. They either have bad memories of learning it themselves or cringe at the thought of the sound of the squeaks and squawks. This post invites parents, music teachers and other interested people who come in contact with children to:
1. Understand the challenges and benefits the child receives from learning the recorder.
2. Engage in simple exercises to assist the child in learning the instrument.
Ensure the height and placement of the Music standis correct for the childRead More