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Get in There and Make Music!

Amos 03 Mar 10 - 11:22 AM
Midchuck 03 Mar 10 - 11:28 AM
Amos 03 Mar 10 - 11:33 AM
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Subject: Get in There and Make Music!
From: Amos
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 11:22 AM

Phys.Org includes this current report on the much-vaunted "Mozart Effect":

"...Playing along with the Mozart effect
March 3, 2010 By Melissa Healy

Five months after we are conceived, music begins to capture our attention and wire our brains for a lifetime of aural experience. At the other end of life, musical memories can be imprinted on the brain so indelibly that they can be retrieved, perfectly intact, from the depths of a mind ravaged by Alzheimer's disease.


In between, music can puncture stress, dissipate anger and comfort us in sadness.

As if all that weren't enough, for years parents have been seduced by even loftier promises from an industry hawking the recorded music of Mozart and other classical composers as a means to ensure brilliant babies.

But for all its beauty, power and capacity to move, researchers have concluded that music is little more than ear candy for the brain if it is consumed only passively. If you want music to sharpen your senses, boost your ability to focus and perhaps even improve your memory, the latest word from science is you'll need more than hype and a loaded iPod.

You gotta get in there and play. Or sing, bang or pluck.

"The Mozart effect? That's just crap," says Glenn Schellenberg, a psychologist at the University of Toronto who conducts research on the effect of music and musical instruction.

Even the author of the 1993 study that set off the commercial frenzy says her group's findings -- from an experiment that had college students, not babies, listen to Mozart -- were "grossly misapplied and over-exaggerated." Psychologist Frances Rauscher, along with the rest of the field studying music's effects on the brain, has long since moved on to explore the effect of active musical instruction on cognitive performance.

The upshot of their work is clear: Learning to make music changes the brain and boosts broad academic performance. Findings across the board suggest that, even for a kid who will not grow up to be a Wynton Marsalis or a Joshua Bell, spending money and time on music lessons and practice is a solid investment in mental fitness...."




So here's to you who pluck, bow, blow, strum, pick, sing, or even drum--the best brains around. :D


A


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Subject: RE: Get in There and Make Music!
From: Midchuck
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 11:28 AM

So here's to you who pluck, bow, blow, strum, pick, sing, or even drum--the best brains around.

Banjo players (among folk and bluegrass musicians), drummers (among jazz and rock musicians), viola players (among classical musicians), and bass players (universally) excepted, of course. (JUST KIDDING!)

Peter


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Subject: RE: Get in There and Make Music!
From: Amos
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 11:33 AM

Maybe I should have added "squeeze and suck" to the verb list....



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Subject: RE: Get in There and Make Music!
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 12:20 PM

I try... I am a muddled plucker from AWAY back.


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Subject: RE: Get in There and Make Music!
From: Gedi
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 12:20 PM

I have to say that learning to play music in the school brass band, on a very old, beat up euphonium, was the best thing I ever did. It led me onto playing guitar, then melodeon, and of course, singing.

It's a 'must' for every kid.

cheers
Ged


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