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Music & Intelligence

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Music & Intelligence
There has been some scientific research in recent times to find out the relationship between music and intelligence. Even though it seems fairly obvious that music has an effect on the brain cells themselves and that listening some forms of music, especially western and Indian classical can increase intelligence, science, as always has been trying to seek a proof of this phenomenon.

University of California, Irvine, 36 people took standardized intelligence tests after three 10 minute periods of Mozart. Those who listened to Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos (K448) scored an average 119 – eight points higher than those who listened to a relaxation tape and nine points higher than those who listened to silence. Mozart’s music is quite complex and very patterned said neurobiologist Frances H Rauscher, the study’s lead author. Rauscher said the complex music may “prime” the brain for mathematics or other analytical work because it triggers the same brain activity. “We predict that music lacking complexity or which is repetitive may interfere with rather than enhance abstract reasoning,” the researchers said in the journal Nature. UPI, Deseret News Oct 14 1993 Entire study documented in Nature Vol. 365 14 October 1993.

To know more about Mozart effect, please see: http://www.indiana.edu/~intell/mozarteffect2.html

One might recall how classical Music appears to be tedious, boring or may also give one a headache. I have especially noticed how people just cant stand listening to Bach – it just gets too much to take for them.

Why does this happen? First reason might be because one is not used to listening to it; therefore, there is no identification with it as such. Secondly, this might be because the mind needs to be very attentive and swift to follow music – the sounds, the notes, the complexity of the musical architecture – and when one is listening without paying attention there is bound to be a conflict, resistance of some kind. Thirdly, probably because one is accustomed to treat music as something separate, outside of oneself.

According to Steven Gillman, a Brain researcher, Listening to, and participating in music creates new neural pathways in your brain that stimulate creativity. Studies have shown that music actually trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. Music stimulates the mind, encourages creativity and helps to lay a foundation for learning that leads to higher intelligence and aptitude.

GJ Whitrow’s quote on Einstein: “He often told me that one of the most important things in his life was music. Whenever he felt that he had come to the end of the road or into a difficult situation in his work he would take refuge in music and that would usually resolve all his difficulties.”

“It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the rest of musical perception.” – Albert Einstein on his Theory of Relativity.

In recent years much discussion has surrounded the role of music in child development. Following is an article on the role of music in child development: http://www.portfolio.mvm.ed.ac.uk/studentwebs/session2/group41/develop.htm

According to Plato: “...music is a more potent instrument than any other for education…” now scientists know why. Music , they believe, trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. After eight months of musical training, 3 year olds were expert puzzle masters, scoring 80% higher than their playmates did in spatial intelligence-the ability to visualize the world accurately. This skill later translates into mathematical/conceptual and engineering skills.

Preschoolers who studied piano performed 34% better in spatial and temporal reasoning ability than preschoolers who spent the same amount of time learning to use computers. (Rauscher & Shaw. As reported in Neurological Research, February 1997)

The very best engineers and technical designers in the Silicon Valley industry are, nearly without exception, practicing musicians. (Grant Venerable, The Center for the Arts in the Basic Curricum, New York, 1989) For the unborn child, classical music, played at a rhythm of 60 beats per minute, equivalent to that of a resting human heart, provides an environment conducive to creative and intellectual development. (Dr.Thomas Veert, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child)

Researchers believe that certain types of musical actually creates new neural pathways in the brain. That means that the brain can function in a different filed than that of memory alone. After listening to classical music, adults can do certain spatial tasks more quickly, such as putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Why does this happen? The classical music pathways in our brain are similar to the pathways we use for spatial reasoning. When we listen to classical music, the spatial pathways are turned on and ready to be used.

The music most people call classical – works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart – is different from other kinds of music as it has a more complex musical structure. Researchers think the complexity of classical music is what primes the brain to solve spatial problems more quickly. So listening to classical music may have different effects on the brain than listening to other types of music.

Contributed by – Ashutosh Ghildiyal is a salaried professional based in Mumbai, India. He was born in Lucknow in 1984, where he completed his schooling. He completed his graduate studies in New Delhi and his post-graduate education in Mumbai. He is the author of To Think or Not to Think and Other stories (Book), various blogs and short stories. Email: ashutoshghildiyal@hotmail.com

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What is a Jugalbandi Performance?

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What is a Jugalbandi?

Meaning of ‘Jugalbandhi’

The term Jugalbandi is popularly used in Indian Classical Music to mean a fusion or a beautiful mix.

During a jugalbandhi performance,

  • it is generally seen that two different artists / musicians play two different instruments while performing together. Such a duet performance is able to combine the best of both musical worlds. Jugalbandi can combine performances on sitar and sarod, flute and tabla etc.

 

  • Another form of Jugalbandi includes a fusion of singing and playing an instrument. In such a jugalbandi, the vocalist and the instrumentalist perform together.

However, jugalbandi only takes place between two equally talented performers who are at par with each other and this can be noticed when they play together.

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What is an Opera?

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Opera Singers & Famous Composers

An Opera is a form of theatre in which the drama and story is conveyed by singing rather than speaking. Usually consisting of 3-4 acts, an opera is predominantly composed of singing (solo as well as chorus voices), music played by an orchestra, supporting costumes, stage design, lighting effects and dramatic acts etc.

The Opera emerged as a form of Western Classical Music way back in the 16th century in Italy and slowly spread to other parts of the world.

Opera Singers What sets apart an opera from other musical performances is its theatrical style in which the actors sing their parts. Each act in an opera is composed of different sequences and the actors tell the story by singing.

“Whenever I go to an opera, I leave my sense and reason at the door with my half guinea, and deliver myself up to my eyes and my ears”. Lord Chesterfield, 1694 – 1773

Classification of Opera Singers is done on the basis of their voice quality, agility, power and timbre of their voices.

Lead female singers are termed as Soprano, Mezzo Soprano and Contralto while the Male singers are classified as Baritone, Tenor, Bass and Bass Baritone.

Their is no denying the fact that to sing in an opera, you should have discipline, focus, determination, training and a powerful voice. Add to this acting skills, stage presence and diction.

Some Famous Opera Singers include –
Senesino, Farinelli, Anna Renzi, Faustina Bordoni, Francesca Cussoni and Joseph Legros.

Famous Composers include –
Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi Guiseppe, Puccini Giacomo and Clausio Monteverdi.

Mozart will always be regarded as one of the most renowned operea composers of all times. His compositions are loved and cherished till date for their simplicity and excellence. Some of Mozart’s well known compositions and comic operas include The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte.
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The Thrills of Attending a Live Music Concert

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The Thrills of Attending a Live Music Concert

Music lovers and music enthusiasts all over the world desperately await the opportunity for attending live music concerts all year round.

We decided to find out what is it about live music and music concerts that is so appealing to music fans-

1) A Chance To Get Close and Personal: Music concerts offer a great platform to real music fans-a unique opportunity to get close and personal with their favorite music artists, singers, instrumentalists and bands.

2) Real Time Experience of Watching and Listening to their favorite band / Artist: Up until now, you have only heard their music and seen their music videos. Now you have the unique opportunity to see and feel their music in real time!!

Loads of music fans feel an uncontrollable sense of happiness, thrill and excitement seeing their favorite artists perform live-It is a dream come true!!

3) Experience of a Lifetime: If you have attended a live music show or concert anytime in your life, you will surely agree that such events are the experience of a lifetime that will stay with you forever.

Once the stage is set, the spotlights are turned on and the performing singer/band take their place, the fans begin to absorb and take in every second of the performance, swaying with the music and singing along with their Idol!!

Music Concerts are also a great way to beat summer time blues and rejuvenate oneself. Concerts and live music shows can be organised for all genres of music-pop, rock, classical, you name it. Instrumental performances are also a great experience.

So what are you waiting for? Keep your eyes and ears open to find out the next music concert, live music show and other musical events being organised in your city!! Trust us – you don’t want to miss it.

Contributed by – Radhika, Music Enthusiast at www.musicalescapades.com

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Everyone Can Learn Music

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What makes music a universal language is the fact that everyone can indulge in it without any restrictions. No matter how young or old you may be, it is never too early or late to learn to play a musical instrument and enjoy the experience.

There are no rules or restrictions on who can and cannot learn music. The Music Industry throughout the world is blessed with a plethora of talented singers, music composers, instrumentalists and other successful music artists and several more are entering this field everyday!

There are those who want to make a career in music while there are those who simply want to learn to play a musical instrument to make themselves happy and enjoy music. So it can be said that music is such an art that can be acquired and learnt by anyone who has the interest and inclination to do so!

  • Children: By starting early, children can learn the art of playing a Musical Instrument at a young age and improve in doing so over time. It has been seen that by learning music, children are able to develop and grow effectively. Parents should encourage their children to pursue their interest in music along with their education as it is
  1.     a great hobby to have
  2.     keeps the child involved and occupied, and
  3.     may open up many avenues in the future.
  • Teenagers: Those in their teens are naturally inclined to music and if interested in making their own music, these growing individuals can begin learning music (vocal & Instrumental) depending on where their interest lies.
  1. Playing music is a great hobby.
  2. Being formally trained assists in getting prepared for a career in music in the future.
  • Adults: In between all your work pressures, busy schedules and stressful lives, you will find learning to play a musical instrument a great stress buster and mood enhancer.

  • Senior Citizens: It is never too late to learn! Besides keeping you busy and constructively occupied, learning music can help you to fight memory loss, interact with other like minded individuals and can even lower your blood pressure.

As can be seen above, music is for everyone and if you have the interest, you must start learning music today!
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