How Music Soothes the Troubled Soul

What an extraordinary gift music has given us besides its beauty. It has a scientifically proven ability to help heal both physical and psychological problems. Listening to your favorite music does help, but playing an instrument has a greater success. Playing well or badly doesn’t matter; just using one finger to plunk out a tune is sufficient—you can come away with a feeling of well-being. Music’s healing powers, which Pythagoras called “musical medicine,” have been the leitmotif of my career.

To an outsider it might seem that playing the same works repeatedly over many years could become a rote exercise. To me, any musician who feel this way has lost what I call his or her “inner child,” the force that enables the artist’s music to sound spontaneous. In the rare instances when my inner child has begun “misbehaving,” when a piece has started feeling stale to me, I have immediately stopped performing the score until I could look at it with fresh eyes again. It is music’s unstoppable ability to uplift and inspire

The Benefits of Music Education

A boy getting a piano lessonWhether your child is the next Beyonce or more likely to sing her solos in the shower, she is bound to benefit from some form of music education. Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs.

More Than Just Music
Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. “A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning,” says Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of making music.

Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously. For instance, people use their ears and eyes, as well as large and small muscles, says Kenneth Guilmartin, cofounder of Music Together, an early childhood music development program for infants through kindergarteners that involves parents or caregivers in the classes.

“Music learning supports all learning. Not that Mozart

How to make music on your laptop professionally, according to DJ Ammo

When DJ Ammo (real name: Damien Leroy) toured with the Black Eyed Peas in 2009, he was asked what he needed to set up his studio. “Just a place to plug in my laptop and speakers,” he said. Here are his pro tips on how to make music on your own computer.

Get your perfect DAW
The first, most important step to get is your digital audio workstation (DAW) — software that controls all the features of your music mix, allowing you to record, edit and playback digital audio. “I use software called Ableton,” says Leroy. “It’s pretty popular and very easy to use.”

Add virtual instruments
Ableton has a lot of built-in options, but you can buy additional virtual instruments online and plug them into your DAW. “I like electronic music, so I use virtual synthesisers. My favourite is the Massive synth by Native Instruments,” says Leroy, “but you can get whatever you need.”

Lay on some audio effects
If you’re mixing the sounds yourself, you’ll need audio effects over your virtual instruments. “This is so you can equalise the sounds — adjust their frequency, add delay or distortion,” says Leroy. German company Vengeance sells sounds and plug-ins,

Steps to Help You Prepare for a Divorce Case

There are few processes in life more devastating, emotionally and financially, than a divorce. With proper preparation though, a divorce doesn’t have to be so painful. If you follow a few helpful steps in preparing for your divorce case, you’ll come out on the other side with a clearer view on a happier future.

Separate Non-Marital Assets

Depending upon the length of your marriage, you are bound to have a wide variety of assets. These likely fall into one of two categories: marital and non-marital. Generally speaking, non-marital assets are those things which you as an individual brought into the marriage ahead of time. Common examples include inherited property from your family, proceeds from a personal injury you sustained, or gifts given directly to you as an individual. Separate these items ahead of time to protect them during divorce proceedings.

Prepare Financially

Whether you and your spouse have separate accounts, joint accounts, or a mixture of both, USA Today recommends that you meet with an advisor to prepare financially for a divorce. You should focus on any bank accounts, investments, or retirement holdings that you hold jointly to determine the total value

7 Tips to Enjoying a Summer Music Festival

Tip 1: Wear the Right Shoes

It’s really popular these days to practically live in a favorite pair of flip flops in the summertime-and, they are great for most casual occasions. For your summer music festival experience, though, you will be much better off if you wear your favorite comfortable tennis shoes.

Music festivals are crowded, which means you could get stepped on. And also worth thinking about is what might be on the ground that you end up stepping on yourself. The bottom line is that tennis shoes will protect your feet during the festival.

Tip 2: Bring the T.P.

The bathrooms will be supplied, but the same is not always said for the toilet paper. Sometimes, people come and go faster than the staff can keep up, so tuck some toilet paper away so you will be prepared. There’s just nothing worse than getting into the bathroom and realizing there is not any toilet paper, but if you come prepared, you won’t have to worry about that.

Tip 3: Pack Some Wet Wipes or Hand Sanitizer

After a few visits to the public restroom, some wet wipes or hand sanitizer will certainly come in handy. Remember, you’ll be sharing a bathroom with thousands of

7 Tips For Submitting A Demo To A Record Label Or Company

Then you need to check out these 7 tips for submitting a demo, these will help you make a good impression on your targeted record label or company.

Tip #1

Before you send your demo make it a point that your music sounds fresh, and most of all, it is ORIGINAL. Where or to whom should you send your demo? Do a lot of research before submitting your music, make sure that you and your music will be a good fit to the targeted label. Go to record companies that compliment your music.

Tip #2

How are you going to submit your demo? Are you going to send it using email, drop box, direct posting or through the A&R reps etc. Contact them to find more detailed info about how or where can you submit your demo.

Tip #3

Include a cover letter (or profile) that explains who you are, what do you want, what can you offer, how long have you been doing it and include what the person listening to your demo should do after they listen to it. Do not oversell yourself just state facts only and some impressive concrete experience. Also mention something you found on their website (or from the A&R

Tips for Directing Music Videos

Work with artists you like

It’s probably obvious to say, but if you have a natural affinity for someone’s music and you respect what they’re doing it will likely yield good results. It’s the kind of relationship where you each need to compliment what the other is doing. In a good video the combination of the music and visuals complement each other in such a way as to create something better and more interesting than the sum of its parts.

Collaboration with the band or artist is also really important. Ultimately the video is to represent them how they want to be represented and to help them promote their music in a way that fits their style and aesthetic. I think any good music artist will have a good grasp of how they’d like to be perceived and part of the job is accommodating that.

It’s good to challenge the artist too and see how you can play with someone’s image or aesthetic, but ultimately you do have to be respectful of how you are representing their work.

Let the idea come from the song itself rather than imposing yourself or your own pre-existing ideas on a song. Again, that comes

How to Eliminate Memory Slips

Having a memory slip in the middle of a performance is probably one of the more embarrassing things that can happen to a musician. For many performers, it is the single most anxiety-producing aspect of live performances. Yet even the best are not immune to memory issues – even major concert artists have been known to make memory slips from time to time.

I’ve had my share of memory slips of course, from the slightly embarrassing variety (blanking out in a small informal concert) to the truly mortifying (getting lost in an unaccompanied Bach piece in the second round of an international competition). Yet, when I was a student, I never learned how to memorize music. Or more specifically, I never developed a trustworthy system for memorizing music.
Good “remember-ers” tend to recognize that their memory is not infallible, and not only use memory strategies, but know which ones work for them and which ones don’t. Poor remember-ers tend to assume (or hope) that they won’t forget, and don’t make explicit use of any particular strategies. I have to admit, I was in this second group for most of my life.

Entire books have been written on memory, and psychologists and neuroscientists

7 tips to help children learn a second language with music

Music plays an important role in learning a second language. Similar areas of the brain are activated when listening to or playing music and speaking or processing language. Language and music are both associated with emotions, the combination makes it a powerful way to learn a second language.

Why is music so helpful to learn a second language?

Songs are fun

We know that children, especially small children, really like music. They relate to it as entertainment and find learning vocabulary through songs amusing. Songs associated with hand and arm gestures are even more powerful in engaging children.

Songs increase retention

Most of us are able to remember several children songs we learned as kids. Music helps retain words and expressions much more effectively. The rhythm of the music helps memorize, as well as the repetitive patterns within the song.

Songs place vocabulary in context

A song is also a little story. Children learn new words and expressions in the context of a story within the song. This will more easily captivate the attention of kids learning a 2nd language. Words make sense faster when you learn them in the context of the lyrics in the song than when you learn them by themselves.

Here are 7 tips

5 Tips to Starting a Production Music Business

What you need

Getting started in production is there are specific things you need to start out with in order to build a successful company. To get started, go to school. Get a formal education that will provide you with the foundation you need. If college is not an option, start working at the bottom level and work your way up to earn the real world experience needed. After the education and experience you need to think practical. This is where you organize the contacts, contracts, and equipment such as:

  • Office Equipment
  • Computers
  • Recording Equipment
  • Studio Space
  • Marketing Aids (business cards, brochures, stationary, etc.)
  • Website and Domain Name
  • Producer Contracts
  • Contact Lists
  • Perhaps a freelance writer and a lawyer

Your Instrument

nother important aspect of growing your business is to know you instrument. You don’t have to be the next virtuoso but make an attempt to understand an instrument fully. Learn how to read music and take up the piano, guitar, or violin. The process of learning about an instrument will teach you about composition, tempos, and sheet music. This will give you a perspective from the other side of the soundboard.

Build Your Library

The back bone of production music companys is the wealth of the library that they have created the only

4 Tips for Starting Private Music Lessons

If your child is younger than 7, consider the violin as a first instrument. The violin is a wonderful first instrument for a child ages 3-6 because they come in small enough sizes to fit their arms and little fingers. As the child grows, you simply trade in for a bigger size. (That’s why it’s best to rent at this stage of the game.) Younger kids can learn to play by ear if they aren’t ready to read notes yet.

Piano is a wonderful instrument to learn to play even if it’s not going to be your instrument of choice later on. I love starting my kids on piano when they are age 7. Their hands are big enough to be able to play full-sized keys, and they are usually reading so they can handle learning to read music. When I was young, I really wanted to take voice lessons but was encouraged by my mom’s music teacher friend to continue with piano until I was a sophomore in high school. That was one of the best decisions I ever made. The background of piano taught me to read both bass and treble clefs, which helped me become a great sight-reader


The usefulness of music has always been debated while studying. It definitely makes homework more exciting and interesting, compared to the drag that it usually is. I usually turn on my favourite tune and listen along while doing work. Many say that music is very useful and helps you study, while others believe that it is useless and actually distracts you from the work you have to do. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you study well and enjoy your favourite tunes at the same time.

Listen to Mozart
When many people choose to study with music, they pick some of their most favourite songs. If you listen to Mozart or classical music, it will help you a lot while you study. This phenomenon is called the “Mozart Effect”. There have actually been scientific studies that show that listening to Mozart helps improve your performance in work.

Not so Loud!
One of the worst mistakes people make is that they turn the volume to maximum while studying. You are studying not having a party. Keep the music at a low volume, this helps you focus and be attentive while studying for your subjects. The lower it is the better.

10 Helpful Music Production Tips

Choose Your Sounds Wisely – 1 great snare will sound infinitely better than 10 bad snares layered together.

Build A Soundbank – save every sound/patch you design, this will aid workflow tremendously and help you to sculpt your own sound without even realising it.

Concentrate On The Vibe – don’t worry too much about the final master when still in the writing stage, leave that part to the professionals.

Learn Your Gear – having lots of expensive synths and compressors doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to get the best from them, take the time to learn them inside-out.

Get Ideas Down Quickly And Efficiently – not every idea is going to be groundbreaking but getting everything down will help develop that amazing one idea.

Listen To A Wide Range Of Music – inspiration may come from anywhere at anytime, if you’re writing a Drum & Bass track perhaps stick a Jazz CD in the car. The best inspiration may come from where you’d least expect!

Have A Dedicated Working Area – leave Facebook and Soundcloud alone while producing music, they’ll only distract you and slow your workflow.

Take A Break – we’ve all sat there for hours on end trying to create ‘that’ sound, have a

Music Changes the Way You Think

Hum the first two notes of “The Simpsons” theme song. (If you’re not a Simpsons fan, “Maria” from West Side Story will also do.) The musical interval you’re hearing—the pitch gap between the notes—is known as a “tritone,” and it’s commonly recognized in music theory as one of the most dissonant intervals, so much so that composers and theorists in the 18th century dubbed it diabolus in musica (“devil in music”).

Now hum the first few notes of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, or, if you prefer something with a little more street cred, the “I’m sorry” part in Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson.” This is the “perfect fifth.” It’s one of the mostconsonant intervals, used in myriad compositions as a vehicle of resolution and harmony.

Is it possible that hearing such isolated musical components can change the way you think? An ambitious new paper recently published by Jochim Hansen and Johann Melzner in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology argues precisely that. The researchers brought pedestrians into a laboratory and played them a short, stripped-down piece of music consisting of a series of alternating chords. Some people heard chords including the tritone; others the perfect fifth. A couple other tweaks were also made: in

Music as Medicine for the Brain

Rande Davis Gedaliah’s 2003 diagnosis of Parkinson’s was followed by leg spasms, balance problems, difficulty walking, and ultimately a serious fall in the shower. But something remarkable happened when the 60-year-old public speaking coach turned to an oldies station on her shower radio: She could move her leg with ease, her balance improved, and, she couldn’t stop dancing. Now, she puts on her iPod and pumps in Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” when she wants to walk quickly; for a slower pace, Queen’s “We Are the Champions” does the trick.

Music therapy has been practiced for decades as a way to treat neurological conditions from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s to anxiety and depression. Now, advances in neuroscience and brain imaging are revealing what’s actually happening in the brain as patients listen to music or play instruments and why the therapy works. “It’s been substantiated only in the last year or two that music therapy can help restore the loss of expressive language in patients with aphasia” following brain injury from stroke, says Oliver Sacks, the noted neurologist and professor at Columbia University, who explored the link between music and the brain in his recent book Musicophilia. Beyond improving movement and

How Music Affects Teens

Music is something that every person has his or her own specific opinion about. Different people have different taste, and various types of music have many ways of leaving an impact on someone. It can be relaxing, angering, soothing, energizing, and many more.

There are so many types of music out there today. Rap, pop, rock, country, indie, alternative, hardcore are some of the abundant types in the world. Music sends out either good or bad messages that have big impacts on how people act. People usually become friends with others who have a same taste in music as the rest of the people they hangout with, or it can be vice versa. People may not want to associate with people who have different tastes in music because they’ll argue about what they think is better but its just their own opinions.

Rap and Rock music are two very important types of music in the world. They both send out different messages and help kids. The lyrics sung or rapped by the artists can be things going on in their own personal lives, and people with the same types of problems can listen to them so they know theirs hope and theirs

The Benefits of Music Therapy

Music can have an impact on people of all ages and abilities, but it can have a special influence on children with autism.

According to a 2004 study from the Journal of Music Therapy, music in interventions can help children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders by:

  • improving social behaviors and decreasing the inappropriate ones
  • enhancing focus and attention
  • increasing vocalizations, gestures, verbalizations and vocabulary comprehension
  • increasing communication and engagement with others
  • improving body awareness and coordination
  • reducing anxiety

Often, autistic children will respond to music when nothing else will get their attention. Many children think it’s fun, and consider music another form of play.

Music Therapy at TLS

The Learning Spectrum’s Therapy Director, Megan Coltoniak, says that music is innately non-threatening, and helps with speech, motor, communication and academic goals.

Megan, along with music therapist Caroline Smith, provides group and one-on-one therapy to students at TLS. Megan says music is a preferred activity, because it dials into a different part of the brain than speech, and provides a different avenue of communication. She said that any child that has a reaction to music – positive or negative – could benefit from music therapy.

TLS’s music therapy department utilizes “adaptive music lessons,” or non-traditional approaches, that teach music in a

Music Makes You a Better Reader, Says Neuroscience

It’s known as the “musician’s advantage.”

For decades, educators, scientists, and researchers have observed that students who pick up musical instruments tend to excel in academics—taking the lead in measures of vocabulary, reading, and non-verbal reasoning and attention skills, just to name a few. But why musical training conferred such an advantage remained a bit of a mystery.

Nina Kraus, director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University and research collaborator on the Harmony Project has spent her life surrounded by music. And, today, she is studying how musical training can harness the brain’s natural plasticity, or adaptiveness, to help students become better overall students and readers, even when they grow up in impoverished environments.

The “musician’s advantage,” traditionally, has been difficult to study. Often, musical training is obtained privately in one-on-one instruction—something available only to kids of higher socio-economic status. This meant that researchers couldn’t say for certain whether music was responsible for the better academic outcomes observed or whether some unrelated factor, linked to living in a home in a higher income bracket, was behind any observed difference. After all, more affluent parents are often better educated themselves—and have more time and resources to help children with their reading and school work. Perhaps music wasn’t the true

5 Ways Music Improves Our Health

When I gave birth to my first-born, I listened to CDs of classical music in the hospital. I figured that music would help calm me and distract me from the pain.

You might use music to distract yourself from painful or stressful situations, too. Or perhaps you’ve listened to music while studying or working out, hoping to up your performance. Though you may sense that music helps you feel better somehow, only recently has science begun to figure out why that is.

Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music heightens positive emotion through the reward centers of our brain, stimulating hits of dopamine that can make us feel good or even elated. Listening to music also lights up other areas of the brain — in fact, almost no brain center is left untouched — suggesting more widespread effects and potential uses for music.

Music’s neurological reach, and its historic role in healing and cultural rituals, has led researchers to consider ways music may improve our health and wellbeing. In particular, researchers have looked for applications in healthcare — for example, helping patients during post-surgery recovery or improving outcomes for people with Alzheimer’s. In some cases, music’s positive impacts on health have been more

How to Start Your Own Music Recording Studio

OUNG MONEY: Have you always loved music?
I’ve loved music since I was born and as I get older music speaks to me. It calls to me every day. It just talks to me and tells me what to do on a track, whether it is my own musical interpretation or an artist’s. Music has molded me into what I am today.

YM: What goes in to starting a studio?
I would say a lot of thought and preparation. You have to be willing to take business risks and build your clientele up because you will not be able to make money right away.  You should be ready for that. You have to have the studio equipment and be able to fully use it to your best ability. If you have someone helping you record in the studio who is not familiar with the equipment, you have to be able to teach and train them. You have to have a lot of self-confidence because there are a lot of people out there that have smaller studio set ups and are doing it themselves. You have to be fully qualified to start your own studio and know that