Summary: Researchers report on why some people experience more intense emotions while listening to music.
Listen to what a USC researcher says about people who could have an enhanced ability to experience intense emotions.
When Alissa Der Sarkissian hears the song “Nude” by Radiohead, her body changes.
“I sort of feel that my breathing is going with the song, my heart is beating slower and I’m feeling just more aware of the song — both the emotions of the song and my body’s response to it,” said Der Sarkissian, a research assistant at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, based at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Read Article: http://neurosciencenews.com/music-chills-neuroscience-6167/
CARDIFF, Wales — At 11 p.m. here one recent Monday, Rob Aston, a 23-year-old former drum-and-bass M.C., was four hours into a shift at one of the world’s first mental health help lines for musicians.
Started in December by the nonprofit Help Musicians U.K., the help line, Music Minds Matter, aims to provide a caring ear to the large proportion of people in the music industry with mental health problems. Callers can connect with therapists and can receive advice on issues like debt and Britian’s welfare services. Help Musicians U.K. is investing nearly 1 million pounds, or around $1.4 million, in the help line.
Read Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/arts/music/musicians-mental-health.html
In elementary schools throughout Miami-Dade County, students snack on cranberry hibiscus during class and eat lemongrass-infused rice in the cafeteria.
They help grow the fresh fruits and vegetables themselves in on-campus gardens.
School staff incorporate the crops into lunch menus and send them home with the kids in “harvest bags."
But the gardens don’t just feed the community. They also help improve students’ science achievement, according to the Education Fund, the nonprofit in charge of the project.
Read Article: http://wlrn.org/post/food-forests-students-grow-vegetables-and-their-science-test-scores
Visit the galaxy before the galaxy visits you.
This fall, the galaxy came calling in the form of a small reddish cigar-shaped object named Oumuamua by astronomers based in Hawaii. They discovered it in October, careening through the solar system at 40,000 miles an hour, an interstellar emissary from points unknown.
Oumuamua (Oh-moo-a-moo-a), Hawaiian for “scout” or “messenger,” was not here long.
It was first noticed zooming out of the constellation Lyra on Oct. 19, about 20 million miles from Earth. By next May, it will already be passing Jupiter on its way out of the solar system.
Read Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/science/oumuamua-space-asteroid.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur
Fats Domino, the genial, good-natured symbol of the dawn of rock and roll and the voice and piano behind enduring hits like "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain’t That a Shame," died Tuesday at the age of 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish coroner's office in Louisiana, confirmed his death to the Associated Press.
A contemporary of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, Domino was among the first acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was reportedly only second to Presley in record sales thanks to a titanic string of 11 top 10 hits between 1955 and 1960.
Read Entire Article: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/fats-domino-rock-and-roll-pioneer-dead-at-89-w473594
GALATA, Mont. — Her school didn't get any more money for preschoolers, but teacher Jill Kaiser included them as a way to keep this rural school 30 miles east of Shelby going. Preschoolers become kindergartners in time, after all.
Kaiser and her students are among those profiled in Chasing Time: Last of the One-Room Schools in Montana, a new book.
Read Article: http://www.reporternews.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/17/one-room-schools-montana-shine-family-like-education/774386001/
FEELING THE MUSIC WITH DEAF ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ FINALIST MANDY HARVEY
When you see and hear a performance by Mandy Harvey, one of the final ten contestants in the latest round of America’s Got Talent, the first thing you notice is her voice. Look down at her feet, though, and you might also notice she’s not wearing shoes.
“[It’s] so you can feel things better when you’re standing on the stage,” Harvey says. “You can feel the drums, and you can feel the bass. So, being able to feel the music through the floor, it makes me feel like I’m a part of the band and not just the only person in the room who doesn’t really understand what’s going on.”
This is because Harvey is deaf. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter from Cincinnati, Ohio, was born with near-perfect pitch. But she was also born with a deformity in her ears that made it difficult to hear — but not impossible, thanks to the use of lip reading and hearing aids.
But as the years passed, the hearing aids stopped working.
Read Article: http://www.npr.org/2017/09/19/551890692/feeling-the-music-with-deaf-america-s-got-talent-finalist-mandy-harvey
“It inspires you, it grows your imagination, it nourishes you in places that go beneath words and beneath pictures and images… it’s something that kind of polishes your soul.”
In his first book, the harrowing memoir Instrumental, the concert pianist James Rhodes made clear the role that music played in saving his life.
Read Article: www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170725-how-learning-to-play-the-piano-can-save-your-life
Music therapy is one sure fire way to increase* your quality of life. This article will show you the benefits of music therapy on your health.
Music therapy is a professional health care act that uses music to address health issues and improve* the quality of life of a person. The practice was made popular after the first and second World Wars when musicians played music to the war veterans. But it was soon discovered that the musicians needed not to be ordinary musicians. So music therapy colleges and universities were born.
The practice has grown so much in popularity in recent years. It is for example used in hospitals to help cancer patients, children with disabilities, the elderly and those fighting stress and depression.
“Music activates both the left and right brain at the same time, and the activation of both hemispheres can maximize learning and improve memory,” explained Dr. Masha Godkin, a professor in the Department of Marriage and Family Sciences at NCU. “Music has the potential to take a person from the Beta brain wave state to deeper Alpha, and then Theta brain wave states, depending on the music.”
Read Article: https://www.ncu.edu/blog/can-music-help-you-study-and-focus