Deeply Empathetic People Process Music as a Proxy for Human Connection: Fascinating article providing new research from SMU, Dallas and UCLA about how empathetic (emotionally sensitive) individuals perceive music as a social connection. The study shows that music can simulate actual human interaction. Do we maybe take for granted the depth of music's ability to communicate to us? How do we harness that skill and share it with others?
EVERYONE CAN SING!!: I am so passionate about this. So many people come to me and say they cannot sing. This is categorically UNTRUE. We live in a society that perpetuates the idea that you either have talent or you don't. However, in countries such as Hungary where students begin music lessons as early as 1 year of age, everyone in the country is able to identify pitch, and sing basic folk music by the time they are just 3 years old. Let go of the negative messages from your past and be confident that if you want to sing, we can get there together. It's all about discipline and how much you want it.
Music Lessons Were the Best Thing Your Parents Did For You: Psychological studies continue to uncover more and more benefits that music lessons provide to developing minds.
Ten Reasons To Let Your Kid Major In Music: A great article for parents who may not know some of the unique benefits of a Higher level Music Education. The skills they will learn will serve them well in their life journeys regardless of the path their music education leads them toward.
Readers Digest: Bizarre Things You Never New About Your Voice: A fun article outlining some interesting little known facts about the voice, and also slips in some important vocal health tips.
3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Children When They Begin a Musical Instrument: "There are not many subjects taught in school that have the potential to give our children the life skills they need to be successful beyond their school lives. Our children can learn how to have grit, motivation, problem-solving skills, flexibility, and character during and after their K-12 schooling — and music is the vehicle to teach these skills."
The 4 Stages of Memorizing Music For Performance: A fail-safe ways to be ready for your next performance and give the performance of a lifetime. The secret - it's in how you practice.