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    Lydian, the 9 year old piano virtuoso.

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    imageLydian Nadhaswaram is an incredibly talented young musician. At only 9 years old he plays the piano, drums, and guitar and practices religiously every day. Lydian’s father is a music educator and has trained his children to be dedicated and talented musicians. Here is Lydian performing Fantasie Imprompu by composer Fredrick Chopin.

     

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    Keep on singing!

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    Have you ever said these words? “I’m not a good singer”, “I just can’t sing”, or “You don’t wanna hear me sing”. Perhaps you’ve been known to say, “I sound great in the shower.”
    Somewhere along the way in our lifetime we get separated into categories of great, average, and terrible singers. This creates confidence or complexes for us at a very early age.
    There are so many factors that contribute to being a good singer, ranging from bone structure to posture and breath support. Some things are just genetic blessings but MOST of the traits of a good singer can be taught and learned.
    That’s great news!
    Check out this article which reveals some scientific reasons why just maybe you should keep on singing.

    http://www.interlude.hk/front/science-great-news-people-cant-sing/

     

     

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    Super Bowl 2016. What a showdown!

    The 50th celebration of the NFL Super Bowl boasted one of the most epic half time shows to date. Some fans eagerly awaited the football action on the field while the rest of us were anticipating the half time show featuring Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé.

    There was a little something for everyone in this performance; a little rock and roll, hip hop, r&b, classical music, and lots of dancing. It was completely mesmerizing to watch.

    The show featured some very lucky young musicians. There were young singers, violin players, a drum line, and a marching band. Every one of them solidifying their bragging rights for years to come. Who would imagine that all those hours spent in music lessons and band rehearsal could lead to a performance in front of millions of viewers and on stage alongside three of the biggest performers in the world. Anything is possible!

    Oh! And Congratulations to the Denver Broncos on their big win. Ahh yes, a football game did also take place.

     

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    Music Worth Noting Pt. 6

    This week’s Music Worth Noting runs the gamut in genres but that’s they way we like it. The Christina Aguilera video should not be missed but take time to watch the other videos, as they are very inspiring.

     

    Micaëla’s Aria – Ailyn Perez

    For those of you who are unfamiliar, Ailyn Perez is an emerging star in the opera world. She is also the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first Latina to win the Richard Tucker Award, according to Women’s Wear Daily. It warms our heart to learn about diversity in the arts so we are especially interested to learn of Perez’s debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. She performed a song from “Carmen” for the New York Times.

     

    SOJA – Shadow

    SOJA is a Washington, D.C., band that embraces all types of genres including reggae, Latin, hip-hop and more. They believe, according to a band member, that “Our goal as a band is to stick up for the human race. We see the world and we try to make it better in the limited time we have here.” That’s why their partnership with UNICEF makes so much sense. They created a music video about an Ethiopian girl’s struggle with poverty and her quest to get an education. It’s a beautiful video and a wake-up call to those of us that do not know that 15 million girls around the world are never expected to attend school.

     

    This Little Piggy – Christina Aguilera

    We always knew Christina Aguilera is talented but after watching her on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, we have a new respect for her. Aguilera and Fallon played a game in which they were randomly assigned a song and had to sing it in a different singer’s style. The first time, Aguilera sang in the style of Cher. The second she sang “This Little Piggy” in the style of Britney Spears and it was hilarious! You must watch this video!

     

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    Can Children Take Voice Lessons?

    When it comes to singing, so many myths abound. Some people believe that singing is an innate skill and others claim their singing success lies in “using” their diaphragm.

     

    Another persistent myth is that children should not take voice lessons.

     

    We’re not sure about the origins of this myth but whoever created it certainly has never visited an elementary school classroom where songs are often integrated into the curriculum. And this person certainly has never visited a playground, where high octave screaming is a regular occurrence.

     

    So, what do we think about the myth that professional training will lead to “vocal abuse” in children and cause deterioration of their vocal cords?

     

    Our response: If you’re with a voice instructor who treats every student the same — young and old — then you’re with the wrong instructor. A good, responsible teacher tailors your child’s education to his abilities and desired outcomes. A voice coach should never push your child to sing with strong intensity, sing excessively or do overly challenging vocal ranges.

     

    The Music Junction co-owner Charissa Vaughan-Wheeler has been taking singing lessons since she was 4 years old and believes in learning to sing the right way from the start.

     

    “Of course singing incorrectly for a long time can cause damage to any voice, young or old,” Vaughan-Wheeler says.  “Kids can sing incorrectly whether they do it in front of a teacher or singing on their own – I would feel better if the teacher was monitoring.”

     

    For more information vocal abuse visit this website. To get another teacher’s perspective, read this Huffington Post story.

     

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    Children Play Rock Classics

    Cute kids and great music—there is so much to like about this viral music video!

     

    A group of musicians——who range in age from 7 to 12—from Louisville, Kentucky played Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” “The Ocean,” and “Immigrant Song” with nothing but xylophones, drums, cymbals, and keyboards. Their music even impressed Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page who posted the video on his Facebook page and wrote “too good not to share.”

     

    We love that these children are being noticed around the world for their talents and hard work. We also think the video represents advice given in a previous blog post on how to keep children engaged in music as they get older. Occasionally diverting from classical, and orchestral music and can make great strides in keeping kids focused and committed to making music.

     

    Based on the group’s YouTube page, the students belong to the Louisville Leopard Percussionists, a group that offers extracurricular music opportunities to local children at little or no cost. The group continues to seek donations and you can help.

     

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    If You Don’t Use Your Singing Voice You Lose It

    We know that a lack of exercise can weaken leg, arm and back muscles and affect an athlete’s performance. Now science has shown any significant break in singing can affect the quality of a singer’s voice.

     

    Calling it a “use it or lose it” phenomena, researchers from Northwestern University and University at Buffalo gathered three groups of singers—kindergarteners, sixth-graders, and college students—and asked them sing back a musical sequence they has just heard. Researchers noticed overall improvement from kindergarten to eighth-grade in singing accuracy or, in other words, the ability to sing on pitch. The adults, however, did not fare well. On some of the tests, they scored just as high as the kindergarten groups, thereby showing a regression in ability.

     

    Why did the adults get worse over time?

     

    Steven Demorest, professor of music education at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, and his colleagues believe that we become less musical over time. Singing is encouraged early in our lives, from educational songs that we sing in  elementary school to the middle school choir that’s open to any and all students. Yet, researchers fear that over time, our voice becomes judged and we’re told quite bluntly that we’re tone deaf or we don’t have it, as if singing were some innate talent. So, we stop singing and, with lack of practice, our realize our own low expectations.

     

    It doesn’t have to be this way.

     

    Singing is “a skill that can be taught and developed, and much of it has to do with using the voice regularly,” Demorest says.“Our study suggests that adults who may have performed better as children lost the ability when they stopped singing.”

     

    So, go ahead and sing. Keep singing because, with time and guidance, you will get better.

     

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    Music and the Brain

    If you follow The Music Junction’s Facebook page, you may have known about a KPCC 89.3 event on music and the brain that had us excited. The event featured Nina Kraus of Northwestern University, whose work we have reported on here as well as Suzanne Gindin, founder of the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra and Kristen Madsen, Senior Vice President, The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.

     

    The event quickly filled to capacity but we were fortunate to see a video of the presentation, which we included above. Here are some of the important points that we wrote down:

    • Music and language overlap in many ways. “Music is a good model of auditory learning … It certainly makes sense that the learning of music might transfer to the learning, and just to be a better communicator through language,” Kraus said.

     

    • Kraus studied children in a music program who received five hours of instruction a week. There were no notable improvements after one year but after two years Kraus’ said her team was “able to measure very fundamental, biological changes to auditory processing.”

     

    • Research as not figured out the magic number (also known as the dosage effect) for the number of hours a student music complete in order to reap the benefits.

     

    • Rhythm is important for language as well as music.

     

    • Currently, music curriculum is based on music. Gindin wondered what if teachers based music curriculum on ways to make students better readers and learners such as a  stronger focus on steady beat and pitch differentiation? “Can you image the connections,” Gindin asked.

     

    • Playing in an orchestras or ensembles is one of the few activities where several people are “doing the same thing at once and you all have to agree,” Gindin said. “I think the process of doing that as group creates a sense of confidence.”

     

    • Music has a lasting impact on the brain. Kraus’ team found that older adults who stopped playing music years ago had faster neural timing in response to speech compared to those of the same age group who had not taken music lessons.

     

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    Encouraging Adult Music Students

    At The Music Junction we enjoy having students of all ages and believe music making is a good hobby for everyone. After all, it is well documented how music lessons benefit older students with their memory.  So, if playing the piano or taking voice lessons was one of your new year’s resolutions but you’re a little uncertain about this new journey, do not fear! We’re here to help!

     

    You Can Do This!

    The old saying is true, we are our own worst critic. Or as a music teacher told the New York Times, older people tend to “beat themselves up more” about their music abilities. Just relax and realize that being a student means you will make mistakes but you will get better. Teacher Brad Hubisz wants adults to remember something that is sometimes overlooked: “Adults are smarter than children!” He adds that older students have an easier time learning more theoretical-based concepts such as scales, chords and circle of fifths. Also, adults have a quicker grasp on learning sight reading tricks.

     

     

    You Should Practice But …

    Perhaps more than children, adult students tend to feel bad when they show up for lessons unprepared. Maybe it was a busy week at work filled with late meetings. Perhaps, you had a few too many dinner parties with friends. Either way, your day quickly filled up and you had little time, or energy, to practice. Out of respect for the teacher’s time you cancel the lessons and hope to catch up in time for the next session.

     

    Not so fast, says Music Junction owner Charissa Vaughan-Wheeler. She is a trained vocalist and pianist who is also learning how to play the guitar. She knows what it’s like to not practice. “Canceling actually has the opposite effect,” she says. “When students do that, they end up not practicing again for another week because they didn’t get the momentum back up again, and that’s when they start thinking about quitting.”

     

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    Inspiring Your Teen To Continue With Music

    We’ve discovered that American parents aren’t the only ones who struggle to get their older kids to play music. We came across an article in the Irish Times that offers parents advice on how to motivate older children to continue with their music making.

     

    While parents see the value of music lessons– from enhanced brain development to better emotional control to improved test-taking skills — teens might not see much benefit as they get older. At this point in their lives, students are pulled in different directions — homework and other extracurricular activities, mixed in with a burgeoning social life.

     

    As their commitments increase, their commitment to music can decrease. This trend, however, baffles Nigel Flegg, head of education at the National Concert Hall.

     

    “It’s very ironic that this fall-off in music in the early teenage years coincides with when most teenagers are becoming passionately interested in music,” says Flegg to the Irish Times. “You have this situation where people are giving up the instruments they played for so long, but suddenly they’re passionate about playing music in bands.”

     

    So, what can do parents and educators do to keep the spark alive?

     

    Make the music they play relevant to their lives and current musical interests, the Irish Times says. Although there is a deep value in learning classical music, encourage your child to play a variety of music including jazz and pop. You also might be surprised to discover how many pop bands have sheet music. Check out Arcade Fire and Beck’s song book (it was mentioned in our holiday gift post).

     

    What do you think? How do you keep your teen engaged in music lessons?

     

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