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14 Little-Known Ways Students Can Get More Out Of Google

14 Little-Known Ways Students Can Get More Out Of Google | Music | Scoop.it
These days, so much of the research students do is of the online variety. There’s less time spent in the library, requesting materials, and reading through print journals.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 12, 2014 4:44 PM

This could also be 14 Little-Known Ways Anyone Can Get More Out of Google - I'm sure there are little tips or tricks that will be new to us. While we in school library land encourage students to use academic databases, some of these suggestions may just help them find decent information and weed through the junk. You know... because they're going to Google it anyway... ;-)

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14 Little-Known Ways Students Can Get More Out Of Google
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The Alternative to Conventional Music Education | Guitar Chalk

The Alternative to Conventional Music Education | Guitar Chalk | Music | Scoop.it
Certainly theory and music history can be absorbed this way, but that's not comprehensive music education. At the same time, you can not give a teacher 30 kids, each with their own instrument and expect any kind of ...

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Music affects how you perceive others

Music affects how you perceive others | Music | Scoop.it

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:35 PM

Recently came across the Neuroaesthetics of Music group up inHelsinki.  They have some really interesting small FMRI studies that are delving into how the brain process music and emotion.  This study looked at how people perceived other human beings - one group got calming music whil doing it - another group got modulated artificial tones.  Seems that if you're experiencing calming and pleasant music - you will experience the world as calming and pleasant.  Not hugely surprising - but the study is looking at brain activity levels and apparently the differences in activity are quite significant.

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Chordana Viewer

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Casio original technology automatically analyzes the chords in your audio files.
The analyzed sound is then displayed as chord chart on the screen.

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8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits our Brains - - The Buffer Blog

8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits our Brains - - The Buffer Blog | Music | 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.

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20 Reasons to Thank a Music Teacher

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“ In honor of Music In Our Schools Month, here are 20 reasons to thank a music teacher. 1. They taught you practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent.”


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Visual Music Search Engine

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Search for musical artists and discover similar singers and bands you never knew existed.

 

Welcome to MusicPlasma.com the original visual music mapping tool.  Music Plasma is a visual search service that allows music lovers to discover new bands and artists that are closely related to their favorites.  Our graphic interface lets you visualize how the groups are fused together. Just enter your favorite musical artist in the search bar below. A circle will appear on the music map. Click on it and chose expand to explore.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 28, 2014 7:34 PM

Would students be more interested in learning how to search if they could be delving into music?

Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 2, 2014 11:55 PM

Maybe more interested in learning how to search if they could be delving into music?

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Why we are all accidental musicians - life - 15 October 2013 - New Scientist

Why we are all accidental musicians - life - 15 October 2013 - New Scientist | Music | Scoop.it
Music makes us smarter because it lets us practise living with uncertainty, argues Jay Schulkin in Reflections on the Musical Mind (RT @newscientist: Music makes us smarter because it lets us practise living with uncertainty

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Stepanov Sergey Mikhailovich's curator insight, October 15, 2013 1:27 PM

Considering the Benefits of Digital Grammar in a Music Educational Program .
Music Teaching Technology for Beginners.
Synapse transmission between neurons in different systems of dimension - how can it improve the music education for beginners ?

Physiological Base

The physiological substantiation on the application of the digital system for coding and decoding of a melody is the following : children begin their contact with digits already in preschool age , when they are taught to count and this system is learned by children quite firmly , since it is often used in their daily life. But the generally accepted music grammar is new for them and, naturally, requires some additional period of time to be acquired by children.It is for that reason that in the initial period of musical teaching, children inevitably spend a lot of time and efforts to read a melody written down in music signs.Naturally, it slows down rate of training, causes psychoemotional discomfort , lowers the child’s interest to music. Therefore , in the initial stage of teaching , besides work with the generally accepted music grammar , will be useful to replace it with a digital system for a certain period. This does not mean that we want to do without standard music grammar, but at the initial stages of musical education, the system of digital coding and decoding of music sounds is undoubtedly useful , as it speeds up teaching of children.

Neurophysiological Aspect

It is well known that the difficulties in the perception of any information, including musical one, cause strain of the main functional systems in the child’s organism. The developed digital technology of musical training is perspective, has a practical result, but it requires the physiologic and psychology researches devoted to studying of an influence of a recommended method to psychoemotional status and to a condition of the main functional systems of the child’s organism : the central nervous system, the muscular system and others. For this purpose , the experimental researches are to be performed, namely: ENG, EMG, EEG – tests to study the degree of mental load that the child has received in perception of the information recorded in the note signs compared to the load that a child has received in perception of the music information written down in number signs.Test Electronystagmography allows us to investigate eyeshot, positional nystagmus and also to determine the quantity of fluctuations of the eyeballs during the perception of melody written in the music marks and digital symbols. Electromyography test, allows us to investigate the threshold of muscular irritability ( min – max ) and amplitude of muscle tension , depending on effort and accuracy of pressing of a key on the keyboard of the instrument. The method of ENG and EMG joins the visual analyzer with neuro motor function of the hands and explains, on the scientific point of view, the ratio between the load on muscles of eyes and muscles of hands, and also it proves the possibility of development of muscular fatigue in hands depending on the quantity of eyeballs’ fluctuations. EEG - test allows us to make up the comparative diagrams of dynamics of the proceeding neurophysiological processes, and also it offers an opportunity to investigate the functional activity of neurons during the synthesis both of music and digital patterns.
The realization of the described scientific researches in this direction will allow us to approach closer to understanding of more subtle mechanisms of the child’s mental activity and to detect the new creative abilities.

Parallel Description
In practice, using the generally accepted music grammar, the child connects the definition of the location of the melody to the pitch i.e., to the system of dimension , which is written down in the form of an expanded construction , both on x – the horizontal and on y - the vertical. By reading the music information ,the direction of eyeballs’ movements is spasmodic, and it has a multistep combination both on y – the vertical , from the G - key up to the F - key , and on x - the horizontal often with a return of eyesight to the starting point of support. For an integration , synthesis and the modification of the complex pattern of the received information the structures of the central nervous system require an additional period of time. It is a neurophysiological process proceeding in an interval of time between the moment of perception of the music information from the sheet and the moment of the hands’ response on the keyboard of an instrument. A great number of irregular nervous impulses are transferred to the central nervous system per unit of time and , as the consequence of this , the fatigue of hand muscles is considerably increased (Berosov, Korovkin1990). An amplitude of muscle tension is directly dependent on the frequency of innervation, where each subsequent nervous impulse coincides with the phase of increased excitability of the muscle ( Green, Stout,Taylor 1990 ). At the level of the synaptic terminal we can see untimely synthesis of the neurotransmitter, deep and stable depolarization of the postsynaptic membrane and,as a result,the convulsive reflexes are thus formed.An important neurophysiological moment has been marked : within a short time interval the contracture , that is , constantly high muscular tension is formed, which in turn , is harmfully reflected on the content and character of the melody.
In practice , using the method of the digital key, the child connects the definition of digital melody to the system of dimension which is written down in the form of an integral construction both on x – the horizontal and on y – the vertical . Reading the digital information the trajectory of eyeballs’ movements on y– the vertical is projected to the exact determinant ( digit ,sign, symbol ), the trajectory of eyeballs’ movements on x – the horizontal is projected in one direction, forward. In the given system of dimension the integration of the digital information proceeds instantly, its realization on an instrument proceeds in reflexive time - ratio. The paradoxical phenomenon is revealed : the time interval between the moment of perception of the digital information and the moment of the hands’ response on the keyboard of an instrument, is contracted to the minimum .We achieve a reduction of load on hand muscles at the expense of decreasing of an amplitude between muscle tension and the resulting movement and, consequently , the time intervals between effort and accuracy of pressing of a key are considerably shortened .At the level of the synaptic terminal we can see an allocation of neurotransmitter directly proportionally to the frequency of generated impulses by neurons and , as a result , the coordinated reflexes are thus formed. An important neurophysiological moment has been marked : the reciprocal muscular innervation is formed , that is, the rational distribution of the manual technique on the keyboard of an instrument, which in turn, is considerably reflected on the content and character of the melody. Grain of truth lies in the fact that at the expense of perception of melody by means of digits its realization becomes faster and easier, which in turn , is positively reflected on the psychoemotional status of the child and enables him to dynamically realize the potential music abilities in psychosomatic action as a result .

Entire description on related research You can read at the webpages :
http://educationinjapan.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/considering-the-benefits-of-digital-music-grammar-in-a-music-educational-program/
http://www.m-piremagazine.com/Sergey.html review by Joe Gentile
http://reflectionmusic.ucoz.com/

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Does music training change the brain?

Does music training change the brain? | Music | Scoop.it

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:16 PM

This is a summary of a literature review which would make this a curation of a curation of a curation, nice!  Neuroplasticity is the big thing here - the brain's ability to route new connections and re-route old ones.  Neuroplasticity is a good thing if you want to learn something new like a language or a skill; the thinking is the more you do it - the easier it is.  So - does musical training change the brain - yep - the evidence would indicate that it clearly does - the big questions though are how and why and there's a hell of a lot of variables involved.

 

Image credit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3766835/figure/F1/