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Enhancing genre-based measures of music preference by user-defined liking and social tags

Enhancing genre-based measures of music preference by user-defined liking and social tags | All About Flow | Scoop.it
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Not so much about how music affects you - but more about how you find the music that you like.  This research  fromFinlandfound that for 30% of the study - genre was a poor way of indicating musical taste.

 

We came across this 7years ago when we were looking to classify music2work2, the age old categories - presumably derived from retailer necessity - didn't really make sense to what we were doing.  More and more people are happy to express that they like all types of music - the idea that you just like one genre makes less and less sense - but then how do you organize the information to make it easy to access.

 

The study talks about Artist-based Musical Preferences but the abstract doesn't throw any light on what that actually means...interesting...

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How to promote flow in music students

How to promote flow in music students | All About Flow | Scoop.it
Continuing my research into the use of games in music education, I found this: Custodero, L. (2002). Seeking challenge, finding skill: Flow experience in music education. Arts Education and Policy Review, 103(3), 3–9.
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It's great to see more and more people discussing the idea of flow - to me it seems so obviously beneficial, across all kinds of human application, that I'm going to do as much as i can to learn about and promote it.  Here Ethan talks about its application in music learning and how you can facilitate the process with a couple of exercises - good stuff...

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Are you in a faux flow trance? - Shaboom, Inc., Life could be a dream...

Are you in a faux flow trance? - Shaboom, Inc., Life could be a dream... | All About Flow | Scoop.it
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Nothing like thinking that you're in tha perfect creative space when in fact you're just doing nothing - this short piece points out the pitfalls of getting flow wrong...

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USF researchers study piano training, brain performance

USF researchers study piano training, brain performance | All About Flow | Scoop.it
USF researchers are using a musical boot camp to find out how intense piano training can alter brain performance in both children and adults. 
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The idea here is that if you have intensive training on how to play the piano you will improve your cognitive ability in all areas.  The original small study back in '07 showed that people who received intense training on the piano subsequently performed well in cognitive tasks.  They're doing a larger study to see if they can demonstrate significance. 

 

Even though I'm a pianist I'm slightly suspicious of making this all about the piano.  I suspect that receiving intense training in anything : piano, woodwind, welding, or even learning a language is going to deliver the improved executive function.  Still - if it gets people to play - I'm all for it.

 

Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chewychua/246627573/

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Do grad school students remember everything they were taught in college all the time?

Do grad school students remember everything they were taught in college all the time? | All About Flow | Scoop.it
Mark Eichenlaub's answer: You arrive at lecture and sit perched on the edge of your seat, notebook open to a clean page and freshly-sharpened pencil in hand. You follow every word the professor says.
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This is a rather long answer but has several stunning insights that makes it worth the read - regardless of whether you are a student or not.  I suspect it will be of particular interest to teachers and instructors - contains an interesting look at the idea of flow.

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness | Video on TED.com

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?
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Fascinating (if a little dry) talk on the concept of flow - the aspirational state that makes everything better...

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