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    Introducing Our New Beatboxing Teacher, Samuel Osborne a.k.a Samwise

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    Samuel Osborne (aka Samwise) is a highly experienced and qualified Australian Educator, Professional Speaker and Beatboxer. He has taught the musical art of beatboxing to children all over Australia for a decade on stage, in schools, birthday parties and community events. Samwise is excited and passionate about giving children the joy of becoming confident in themselves while learning to beatbox. Most children still remember Samwise years after having met him and often a child will call out his name in a public space, run up to him and say we remember what you taught us! Now, living in North Hollywood, Samwise is here to stay and contribute to the San Fernando Valley community. In association with Burbank Music Junction, Samwise is now available to tutor children in beatboxing.

     

    Lessons with Sam are being offered now, beatboxing is excellent for kids who want to increase confidence and creativity.
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    Wanna Become Smarter and More Creative?

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    I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! According to scientific studies people who listen to

    jazz music are proven to be smarter and more creative. I repeat, “people who listen to jazz music are smarter and more creative”.

    If you haven’t already jumped out of your seat and headed towards your record player or Spotify smooth jazz playlist, here’s a little more insight on the subject.

    I may have been been exaggerating a bit about the smarter and more creative part. That’s a bit difficult to prove. However, the benefits of listening to jazz music, specifically, have certainly been proven. It can affect your memory, focus, and mood.  Listening to jazz is a stress reliever and can reduce blood pressure by 30%, reduce pain by 21%, and can be as effective as a massage. It’s a pretty good excuse to nuzzle up to someone special on the couch as well.

    Here are a few insightful articles about how listening to jazz music makes you a cool cat

    and just might change your life.

    Mind, Body & Jazz: 
How Jazz Can Improve Your Health

     

     

    All That Jazz: People Who Listen To Jazz Are Smarter And More Creative

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    Wanna go to the Grammys?

    Grammy Campgrammy-camp that is!

    Here’s an awesome opportunity for high school students, who have an interest in a career in music, to work alongside industry professionals and artists. It’s one of the only programs of it’s kind and is available to students right here in Los Angeles. The other locations include New York and Nashville.

    The LA camp dates are June 18th to the 27th and now is the time to apply for entry.

    It’s not only for singers or musicians, the camp is also great and beneficial for audio engineers, concert promoters, electronic music producers, managers,  music journalists, singers, songwriters. If it has anything to do with a professional career in music, GRAMMY CAMP is a place to learn all about it.

     

     

     

     

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    DIY Musical Instruments

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    Summer break is approaching rapidly. There will be camp days, beach trips, and lots of giggling children enjoying their summertime freedom.

    Just in case there are also moments when the words

    “I’m booored” slip out of your little ones mouth, here are a few ideas for some do it yourself projects. These are inexpensive ways to make musical instruments right now with objects usually found around the house. It’s guaranteed to keep those young creative minds busy.

    *Noise free home NOT guaranteed*

     

    42 Splendidly Creative Homemade Musical Instruments

     

    14 DIY Musical Instruments to Make Right Now

     

     

     

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    A Giant Marble Instrument. What???

    Yup, that’s right!

    This enormous and fascinating creation is the handy work of Swedish musician Martin Molin. It’s like a piano, bass guitar, drum set, and xylophone all in one. The video does a much better job of painting the picture.

    Check it out here.

     

     

     

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    “Making Music Matters”

     

    Hutchinson Middle Schooler Marquise Nelson plays the violin with his school's orchestra during String Wars, the Lubbock Independent School District 25th annual string fling, Tuesday night at the Lubbock Civic Center Auditorium. Tuesday, Feb. 02, 2010 (Photo by Geoffrey McAllister/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

    Middle Schooler Marquise Nelson plays the violin with his school’s orchestra

     

     

    “Music is good for the brain”.

    We’ve heard this statement so often that it has lost much of its impact. There are high school and college classes on music appreciation which scratch the surface of this topic. The most substantial benefits of music, however, cannot be achieved through mere appreciation. It is only accessed through application, ie; actually making music.

    That dusty old guitar in the corner or that out of tune piano is where the magic lies. TIME magazine said it best “It is only through the active generation and manipulation of sound that music can rewire the brain.”

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    Tunes that Kill Tumors

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    This new method of treatment gives a whole new meaning to the term “music heals”. Doctors in the U.K. at the Institute of Cancer Research are using tonal frequencies to zap cancerous tumors.

    The sound wave frequencies are above the audible limit for humans and can kill harmful cells deep inside an organ-while leaving the surface tissue unaffected.

    This article in the Guardian provides a more detailed look into the healing power of sound waves; It is definitely worth reading.

     

     

     

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    Because I’m Bad, I’m Bad!!

    Lohan Kim’s piano skills are indeed Bad in the best way possible.

    Check out this incredible arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” by 13 year old pianist and arranger, Lohan Kim.

     

     

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    “But I Don’t Wanna Play The Piano….”

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “Forcing a child to play an instrument rarely leads to the love of music making we want.”

    (Dr. Robert A. Cutietta, author of “Raising Musical Kids”)

    I have very mixed feelings about this statement. I was one of those children who’s parents “forced” them to play an instrument. In my family learning to play the piano was not optional for my siblings and me. Practicing the piano regularly was also not optional.

    My parents made a deal with me during one of my many rants about wanting to quit. They said that if I could find 3 adults that had quit playing piano as a child and didn’t regret it then they would let me quit. I tried for years, asking every grown up I came across. Needless to say, my parents won. Every adult I spoke to said “I wish I would have kept going.” Not only did I develop my own love for the piano, but I also went on to study music in college, perform on multiple stages worldwide, and even become a piano teacher myself.

    We’ve all heard of the cognitive and physical benefits of learning an instrument as a child. We’ve heard how students who study an instrument for an extended period of time have improved grades and test scores, increased creativity, and stronger balance in left/right brain function. Even so, it can be very difficult when our kids refuse to practice or argue to quit taking lessons. The competition is fierce with the internet, video games, sports, and even school work. As a teacher, I encourage parents to push through and continue through those phases (which is exactly what they are) in setting non-negotiable standards for their children. I do, however, recognize the need to maybe switch to another instrument or introduce new musical genres into the students repertoire. Music teachers and parents can work together as these different stages of growth arise for the young musician.

    There are always ways to keep it fresh!

     

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