Tag : music

Appropriation: Thoughts on world musics

Unless you are a composer, every musician is guilty of appropriation. It’s the nature of our art: we take someone else’s music and make it our own. Indeed, the act

Music Making Sandbox

Come play in the music sandbox! My flute student James told me about a new “music sandbox” website that provides mini lessons for the budding composer. James’ friend, Dennis DeSantis,

Silence: Exploring 4’33” by John Cage

Where Does Silence Begin? Claude Debussy famously quipped “Music is the silence between the notes.” Or consider this wisdom from an old Zen koan: “It is the silence between the notes

Music as a Spiritual Practice

Since the beginning, music and spirituality have been inextricably linked. Every culture in the world has used music as a spiritual practice in rituals for healing, connecting with the Divine, communicating

Healthy Brains Need Stimulation and Variety

Healthy Brains Need Stimulation and Variety It seems that the field of neuroscience is exploding with research about how we learn, what our brains need to stay sharp, and how

Chrome Music Lab – Acoustics Sandbox Chrome Music Lab – Acoustics Sandbox

Chrome Music Lab Check out the Chrome Music Lab, a virtual playground for learning about acoustics. https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments Chrome Music Lab – Fun with Acoustics! Click on something – anything – and

Music and Math: Three Concepts for Understanding Rhythm

Music and Math My job as a music teacher is to help students understand the basic elements of music. Rhythm is the most difficult of the “right-or-wrong” music elements (the others

Essential For Being Human

Music is essential for being human. Scientists are learning a lot about how music effects the brain, how it changes our cognition (see blog posts Better Brains and Brain Imaging). But

Brain Imaging on Musicians

As brain imaging technology improves, so does our understanding of music’s effects on the brain. Listening to music makes the whole brain light up. Playing music causes the neurons to