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    Can you imagine meeting your celebrity crush or childhood idol? What would you say? Some people turn into the quintessential fan and lose control of themselves. Others have somehow mastered the art of staying “cool”.

    It’s safe to say that these two young men stayed pretty cool under pressure. Bryce Hayashi and Michael Miller were courageous enough to stand in front of the home of their idol (John Williams of  Star Wars fame) and perform one of his most notorious compositions; The Star Wars theme song.  See below what happens when these brave young musicians fill John Williams’ front yard with music.

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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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    2016 LA Summer Camps

    Have no fear! Summer is here!

    Looking for ideas of what to do with the kids over the summer?

    Here are a few local music camps that offer great fun learning experiences for the little ones:

    pali adventures_factsPali Adventures

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    *Songwriting instruction* Improve your singing and learn about voice types* Learn from professional musicians* Collaborate with other musicians and singers* Perform live for the entire camp at the Rockstar

    Showcase* Record in a state-of-the-art studio* Take home a CD of    your own music

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              Santa Monica Music Camp

           Focus: At Santa Monica Music Camp we integrate three hours of playing and one hour composition per day. Children spend their mornings learning with summer camp-style fun, including outdoor play, sports, movie time and snacks. Expect great improvement and a concert every Friday afternoon

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    Grammy Camp

    Focus: You get to spend more than a week living, breathing, eating, drinking music – with students from all over the country and music industry pros who know how it all works. You’ll meet guest artists, write and record new music, visit cool music sites, and finish strong with a final concert in a professional venue. And you’ll get really great GRAMMY Camp swag.

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    A Cappella Academy
    Focus: Contemporary a cappella music, ages 13-18 by audition only. Co-founders include a member and arrangers for Pentatonix and The Sing-Off.

     

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    LACM Summer Experience

    Focus: Participants Get Hands-On Access from Top Industry Leaders and Talent Associated with American Idol, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, The Grammy®’s, The Simpsons, Everclear, the Black Eyed Peas, Dancing With the Stars and More…

     

     

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    Rock N Roll Camp For Girls

    Focus: The mission of Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles is to empower girls through music education.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Broadway Kids LA

    Focus: Ages 6-13 Experienced Musical Theatre Directors provide a nurturing and interactive environment to encourage children, who have a passion for the Performing Arts, to grow in discipline and ability through exposure to the creative process.

     

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    FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy
    Focus: All orchestra instruments including harp; no piano.

    Idyllwild Arts Jazz Vocal Intensive
    Focus: Jazz Vocal.

    Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
    Focus: Band, chamber music, choir, jazz workshop, piano, orchestra, harp workshop, vocal jazz intensive, songwriting, song and dance.

    Jazz Camp West 2016
    Focus: Jazz/vocal intensive; piano intensive/advanced instrumental track.

    San Francisco Conservatory
    Focus: Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes (voice students); Composition Workshop (chamber music).

    Stanford Jazz Workshop
    Focus: Jazz, jazz combos, improvisation, all instruments, vocals.

    Stanford Summer Arts Institute
    Focus: Music theory, Music perceptions.

    University of the Pacific Music Camp
    Focus: Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp; Pacific Music Business Camp; senior band, orchestra, choir camp; senior piano camp.

    University of Southern California
    Focus: Guitar Seminar, Brass Seminar, Vocal Arts and College Audition Seminar,  electronic dance music, musical theatre, brass.

     

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    How Young Is Too Young For Music Lessons?

     

    boy-at-pianoIt is never too early to expose your child to music; Even babies in the womb can gain cognitive benefits from hearing music. Children between the ages of 0-9 have the highest potential for developing a love and understanding of music but knowing the right age at which to start formal lessons or group music lessons can be challenging for a parent.

    The most commonly recommended age for starting private music lessons is between 5 and 7 years old. Kids in that age range have developed a bit of classroom etiquette and have begun reading and writing. Both of which are essential tools in the process of learning music in a more structured environment such as private lessons. Children under 5 will benefit greatly from larger group music classes which involve more physical movement and music appreciation.

    PBS.org has a great article which goes more in depth on the best ways to encourage your little musician.

    http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/whats-the-right-age-to-begin-music-lessons/

     

     

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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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    Which Instrument Is Right For My Child?

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    If you are considering signing your child up for music lessons this article featured on PBS.org is worth the read. “Dr. Robert A. Cutietta is the Dean of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He is the author of “Raising Musical Kids” and a popular speaker whose areas of expertise include the middle-school learner, choral education, learning theories, and the psychology of music. Additionally, he is a highly regarded musician and educator with extensive knowledge about the full range of musical talent nationally as well as internationally.”

     

    http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/helping-your-child-choose-the-right-instrument/

     

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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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    Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

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    We’ve all heard the phrase before “practice makes perfect“. It sounds nice but is it actually true? Sometimes, not entirely; not even perfect practice makes perfect.

    Studies show that the most effective way to learn quickly is varied practice. I like to think of this as approaching a task from every angle. Practice the task repeatedly, yes, but add a small variation each time.

    When a student is learning new musical material this approach is extremely helpful. Practicing the song from different starting points each time can strengthen the memorization and muscle memory much faster than simply repeating the same line over and over again.

    Here’s a great article about how we can apply this skill in other areas of our lives.

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/77S6m8/www.fastcoexist.com/3056223/the-secret-to-learning-new-skills-twice-as-fast?ref_src=fb

     

     

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