Your Brain on Music

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Drum Your Heart Out

I have been inspired this week.

I took my family out to a pizzeria and we sat down in the back room away from the main dining room. This room is normally reserved for sporting events (as evidenced by their large T.V.s) but since we are out of season, so to speak, it was just background noise. Until this commercial came on:

I love seeing a composer’s talents utilized in such a creative fashion. You can actually hear the song they intended through the water. So this inspired me to write some tutorials on how one could do this in their own home. If you have some talent and experience in music and rhythm, this will be easy for you. However, if you don’t have any, don’t worry. I have a fool proof way anyone could come up with something like this.

Here is another talented example:

So how do you get started? Well, find some things around the house, garage, or closet and see what you can find that could become a percussion instrument. In the following weeks, I will show you how to use them.

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Student Showcase

I wanted to take this week’s post to highlight a student of mine. Her name is Katelynne and she is one of my online piano students. Last week they were to learn about the Grand Staff (basically the staff of piano music; treble and bass clef put together). Being a creative educator, I decided against a lecture and had them research the grand staff themselves. They then were to present the information in any way they felt comfortable and I gave a few suggestions like Powerpoint, a video lecture, narrative while drawing the grand staff, etc.

There is a reason I wanted to highlight Katelynne’s video. It shows an extra dash of creativity and flare that displayed her personality. You could tell she had fun putting it together and I have no doubt she will always remember facts and figures of the grand staff. So without further ado, here is a presentation by Katelynne at NOTEable TV:

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A Different Kind of Book Report

book_report  I didn’t get English. It was boring, way over my head, and useless. Why do I need to learn how to diagram sentences? When do you use that as an adult? It was pretty much a waste of time. Some stuff was cool like short stories but grammar and writing could just leave me alone. Until one day, when I got brave enough to ask my English teacher to do an assignment on my own terms:

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