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Memory for music in Alzheimer's disease: un... [Neuropsychol Rev. 2009] - PubMed - NCBI

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Alzheimer's disease is characterised by cognitive impairment and forgetfulness. Recent findings of memory for music in Alzheimer's people suggest otherwise. It reveals to us something that most people would not have noticed. It appears that people with AD still retain the ability to play a musical instrument although most of them would not be able to recall or recognise familiar or unfamiliar melodies. 

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Your Aging Brain Will Be in Better Shape If You've Taken Music Lessons

Your Aging Brain Will Be in Better Shape If You've Taken Music Lessons | Everything about learning [music] Ukulele | Scoop.it
Music lessons won't turn ordinary kids into geniuses. But research is showing that studying an instrument can give your brain a lifelong boost.
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Starting musical training before 9 years old and continuing it throughout adulthood is said to be able to yield the greatest benefits. Although there is a critical learning period, having musical training at any age is said to beneficial to all regardless of age. In fact, it helps maintain ageing in adults cognition.

  

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Mozart Resource Center Online Store

Mozart Resource Center Online Store | Everything about learning [music] Ukulele | Scoop.it
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Mozart effect was first published in “Nature” magazine in 1993. The idea was that listening to Mozart’s music made young children or infants smarter. Even after many attempts of scientist publishing research papers debunking this idea, there is still a handful of online websites featuring the “Mozart effect”. This is one of the many websites that “specialize” in Mozart Effect products, selling copies of The Mozart Effect Music CDs. This reminds me about what was mentioned in class regarding crap detection and the need to be mindful about the information we find online. One must be a critical consumer of online media. 

 

Also, I guess this serves as a great example of the issue of framing. Out of all of the "Mozart Effect" sites, this is one of the top selling website. One could gather that this is possibly due to the way the author/seller frames the message to attract people. According to the website, it states 

 

"Studies show that classical music has a powerful effect on the intellectual and creative development of children from the very youngest of ages..Based on scientific and psychological studies and up-to-date research, the music on this recording has been carefully selected..." 

 

First of all, the original study was not conducted on children at all. In fact, the study was conducted with those stalwarts [young adults] of psychological studies. Also, it is interesting to note that the author uses vague yet attention catching marketing terms such as " Based on ... studies" , "up-to-date research" as well as "carefully selected". The author clearly frames the message in a way that portrays an image of professionalism and conveys an idea of reliability. 

 

Readers and buyers need to be discerning as people who are not wary may give in to cognitive biases. Some of us tend to fall into using the 'mental shortcut' to processing information. According to the information processing rule, 'mental shortcut' is referred to heuristics. 

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(Frozen OST) Let It Go -- Sungha Jung (Ukulele Ver) - YouTube

Sungha http://www.sunghajung.com arranged and played "Let It Go" by Idina Menzel. Ukulele Tuning : Eb Ab C F Sungha Jung's All CD http://www.sunghajung.com S...
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i just have to scooooop it because it is too awesome! He has a guitar version  - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAnID4RS7Vg as well as a tab http://www.songsterr.com/a/wsa/sungha-jung-let-it-go-tab-s388804t0 ;

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A String Thing

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The humble, portable ukulele makes a comeback, thanks to the recession and YouTube
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This article reveals to us the reasons why Ukulele is back in trend again. It attributes it to recession as well as Youtube.

From reading this piece, my thoughts are:

1. Internet helped spread demand internationally
2. With the advent of Internet, songbooks and materials on Ukulele that were previously not available in stores can now be found online, especially on ukulele specialty websites. Hence, it is possible that the increased in amount of resources for ukulele online has helped fueled the demand for ukulele instruments.

 

Overall, it is a good read as it offers an interesting perspective on how the Internet has created a whole new industry, fuelling the demand for ukulele.

 

This article also talks about the implications on various stakeholders such as the business people (middleman), ukulele collectors/players (consumers) and makers of ukulele (producers). If we use the stakeholders analysis, this trend will largely benefit producers and business people. Read to find out more!

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UkuChords • Serious About Chords

UkuChords • Serious About Chords | Everything about learning [music] Ukulele | Scoop.it
UkuChors is here to become the ultimate source for ukulele chord referencing. We also offer free and complete chord charts!
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The title says it all! This website is one of the best online platform for people who are keen on learning how to play the ukulele. It includes free ukulele tabs, ukulele guides, ukulele chords and more importantly,  a ukulele tuner. One great feature about UkuChords.com is that the website is easy to navigate. Information is neatly classified into sub categories (e.g. ukutabs--> My favourite, 90 most popular tabs, latest by difficulty) and this helps to facilitate users. It is not surprising that this website is highly popular among ukulele players regardless of whether they are beginners or professionals.

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How Music Affects and Benefits Your Brain

How Music Affects and Benefits Your Brain | Everything about learning [music] Ukulele | Scoop.it
I'm a big fan of music and use it a lot when working, but I had no idea about how it really affects our brains and bodies. Music is such a big part of our lives, and we react to it in many ways without even realizing.
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While there are research on music perception as relating to person's personality, it does not necessarily mean that all people preferring a specific genre belongs into the same (fixed) category. 

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Ask A Teacher: The Best Piano Method for Kids - Musika Music Education

Ask A Teacher: The Best Piano Method for Kids - Musika Music Education | Everything about learning [music] Ukulele | Scoop.it
Read the opinions of Musika's teachers about the best piano method for kids. Discover the differences and similarities between each piano method book.
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This article explores the different methods of teaching preferred by music teachers. There three main methods are Alfred, Bastien and Faber & Faber. In fact, there are variety of methods of choices. Ultimately, there is no one 'best' method. Rather, individuals vary in their preferred choice of learning. This presents a potential problem mentioned in class of information overload, specifically ambient overload, where information of our interest are presented to us and we are pressured to respond to all of them. 

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Ukuleles tiptoeing into music classrooms

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RICHMOND, Va. — An elementary school teacher is pushing a music-education program here that ditches the recorder for the ukulele — with an emphasis on The Beatles over Beethoven.

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The main idea of this article is about Samson Trinh, an elementary school teacher, wanting to make playing music accessible to children. Trinh thinks that ukulele is capable of captivating children’s enthusiasm as compared to recorder. Besides, he feels that ukulele is relatively affordable, which makes it an attractive practical alternative.

 

Music is seen by many as a luxury good simply because most music instruments are expensive. Hence, only a certain group of people is able to have access to it. I personally find this movement meaning because I have the same beliefs as Trinh that music has the natural ability to bring people together, to be inclusive and not exclusive. Trinh’s idea is to use ukulele as a tool to promote music to students regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.

 

The article also introduces to us the idea of using ukulele as a teaching tool. It was said that ukulele manufacturer Kala Brand Music Co. donated 1200 instruments for a program in which students write songs on math, science and social studies to facilitate their studying.  I don’t doubt the possibility of a future music integrated education program as currently, there are already various journals published suggesting the positive impacts of music on human brain development, memory and learning.

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▶ "More Than Words" (Ukulele Play-Along!) - YouTube

Learn the PICKING for this song at http://ukuleleunderground.com/2011/03/uke-lesson-39-more-than-words/ ! It's here! The UU Ukulele Play-Along for the classi...
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Learning is made easy with the Internet! Ukulele Underground makes a lot of tutorial videos that are simple and easy to follow. Most, if not all, of their videos are popular amongst of all ukulele tutorials featured on Youtube. Ukulele Underground website can be considered as one of the largest ukulele tutorial site with a high amount of traffic flow. According to the Power Law distribution, Ukelele Underground definitely ranks as the top, if not the top few with search of more than a million. 

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Yet More Science Backs Musical Education as a Path to Better Brains

Yet More Science Backs Musical Education as a Path to Better Brains | Everything about learning [music] Ukulele | Scoop.it
Researchers find better executive functioning in musically-trained kids and adults.
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IQ has always been and is often used as a measurement of human intelligence and as an indicator of academic success in individuals. Over the years, researchers have found evidence supporting the claim that learning music at a young age result in smarter individuals and this effect persist even beyond childhood. The earlier findings suggest that learning music leads to improvements in several diverse aspects of cognition. What this article considers is the fact that executive functioning is a stronger and better predictor of academic success as compared to the traditional IQ test. It was found that children with musical backgrounds did better in executive functioning, in particular, on certain tasks involving the prefrontal cortex that relates to the sudden switches between mental tasks.

 

After reading this journal, I feel it raises three important points:

 

1. Learning music at a younger age result in greater long-term positive impacts of the brain due to plasticity as compared to adults.

2. Executive functioning serves as a better indicator of academic success as opposed to the widely used IQ test.

3. Since poor executive functioning is a characteristic often seen in children with ADHD and in elderly suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, then could it be that perhaps one day, music can possibly be a potential treatment for both impairments? 

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