Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tender Trap

Thanks K & K for introducing me to this band yesterday in the studio. More TENDER TRAP!

From the new Album 2012

Blood Red Shoes

Guitarist of the day - Laura May Carter of Blood Red Shoes (uk). The videos I've found just don't capture what a solid guitarist she is live. Check them out on tour if you can, its worth seeing her play.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Two of my students! I have to show them off....

Webb (guitar) and Lucie (drums) playing at the Willie Mae Rock camp show last weekend. Sophie from Care Bears on Fire on bass. Yes! All ages 15-16.

Drummer STEALS the Show! A MUST SEE...

This changed my life. Seriously, I'll never be the same again. A hero. Scroll to 1:15 or so...

"The Perks of Being a Musician: Brain Function and Music Education"

A Great Read and more from THIS WEBSITE

The Mozart Effect: The Brain and Music
The Mozart Effect was an early discovery in the relationship between music and brain function. The name came from the way the experiment was conducted: participants listened to Mozart before taking different tests. Studies found that participants performed better on tests of spatial ability, processing speed, and creativity after listening to Mozart and other music than participants who sat in silence or followed relaxation instructions.
This experiment is obviously a superficial application of music compared to music lessons. When studying music, one does much more than passively listening; one engages with the music in an analytic fashion. The example of the Mozart Effect serves simply to illustrate the way that music can stimulate the brain.
Students of  Music are Smarter and More Talented? The Research Says “Yes”
Extensive research has now revealed the numerous advantages that those who have studied music hold over those who have not.
Some areas that favor people who have taken music lessons:
  • Ability to detect speech in noise
  • Being a “team player”
  • General intelligence (on IQ and other intelligence tests)
  • Grades in school (correlated even to high school GPA (take note, parents!))
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Language memory (remembering prose or lists of words)
  • Linguistic comprehension including processing of second or foreign languages
  • Math ability
  • Phonological awareness (detection of pitch)
  • Reaction time
  • Reading comprehension
  • Self-esteem
  • Short-term memory
  • Sociability
  • Visual memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Working memory