If this looks familiar to you folks who have been reading my blabber for a few years, this was first published by me on February 8, 2013. It still makes sense and is still relevant.
However, in the two years since I wrote about music and the brain and why it makes you smarter ( your kids and grand kids, too) , science and technology has delved deeper into our brains. You can read my entire post from two years ago or just check out this incredible video given at a recent TedTalk. It tells the story much better than I can.
Thank you for considering giving music lessons to your children and grand children. Yes, they will develop better thinking skills, but more importantly they will thank you for the rest of their lives.
The following was posted here on February 8, 2013
Here I go again. At least twice a year I have to preach about music; music for you, your kids, your grandkids, your nieces and nephews. It’s the absolute greatest gift you can give yourself and your family. I’ve been talking about this my entire life and maybe it’s my life’s purpose to bring as many people as possible into the world of making music. It’s certainly cheaper than a flat screen, a tablet, or a stereo system. Do it yourself. Do it for your family.
Here’s what making music is all about:
Music is SCIENCE.
It is exact, specific and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph that indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony, all at once and with the most exact control of time.
Music is MATHEMATICAL.
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions, which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
Music is a FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French; and the notation is certainly not English, but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.
Music is HISTORY.
Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creations, often even the country and/or ethnic feeling.
Music is PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music is ART.
It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: expression, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.
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