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The Psychology of Music

The Psychology of Music
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You're Distracted. This Professor Can Help. - Technology By Marc Parry Seattle Matthew Ryan Williams for The Chronicle Before each class session, David Levy leads his students in a few minutes of meditation. To complete her homework assignment, Meran Hill needed total concentration. What it means to "hold space" for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well - Heather Plett When my mom was dying, my siblings and I gathered to be with her in her final days. None of us knew anything about supporting someone in her transition out of this life into the next, but we were pretty sure we wanted to keep her at home, so we did. While we supported mom, we were, in turn, supported by a gifted palliative care nurse, Ann, who came every few days to care for mom and to talk to us about what we could expect in the coming days. She taught us how to inject Mom with morphine when she became restless, she offered to do the difficult tasks (like giving Mom a bath), and she gave us only as much information as we needed about what to do with Mom’s body after her spirit had passed.

Background on Music Education Countless studies have touted the benefits of music education. Hands-on learning of a musical instrument has been found to: Foster teamwork Build self-esteem Motivate students to come to school Enhance creativity and problem solving skills Engage parents Improve test scores The benefits fostered by music education can be grouped in four categories: Success in society Success in school Success in developing intelligence Success in life Success in society November 2015 Energy Forecast: Let Love Rearrange You – Upgrading Your Life From the Inside Out — Lee Harris Energy International Translations: Dutch | French | German | Japanese | Polish | SpanishCan you help with translations? Get involved! (Transcribed and edited from Lee's spoken video message.) Hello everybody and welcome to the Energy Forecast for November 2015.

worrying-about-stuff-is-a-sign-of-intelligence The tendency to worry about stuff could be a sign of a certain kind of intelligence, according to a paper in an upcoming edition of the journal Personality and Individual Differences (hat tip to Christian Jarrett at the British Psychology Society's Research Digest for spotting it first). A team led by Alexander Penney of Ontario's Lakehead University gave 126 undergrads a litany of surveys and questionnaires designed to measure both their intelligence and how much they tended to stress about events in their lives. (For instance, they were asked how strongly they agreed with statements like, "I am always worried about something.") After analyzing the results, Penney and his team found a correlation between worrying and verbal intelligence. Correlation doesn't imply causation, of course, but this is not the first paper to have found a link between anxiety and intelligence.

Life Lessons I Learned in Marching Band I recently returned from an enjoyable tour of Texas, during which I travelled to San Antonio, Waco, and Houston. This was my second visit to Texas in two years, performing and teaching the flute and piccolo at eight Universities, two flute clubs and multiple high schools. I find instruction in this part of the country fulfilling as the music programs are strong and music appreciation is evident. The 100 Best, Most Interesting Blogs and Websites of 2014 Editor’s note: 2015’s list of the best, most interesting websites has arrived! The video above is a sampling from that list. Welcome to the most awesome blog post you’re going to see all year. Yep, it’s the third installment in the super-popular annual series in which I document the sites I think you’ll want to spend a lot of time on in the coming year (below you’ll find a few highlights from recent years in case you missed out). I have one major rule: a site can only appear on this list once, so there are never any duplicates. Every year this list is 100% fresh.

10 Reasons Kids Benefit from Music Instruction 10 Reasons Kids Benefit from Music Instruction from the Elementary Classroom Teacher Resource Index 1) In a 1997 study of elementary students enrolled in an arts-based program, it was concluded that there was a definite correlation between students' rising math test scores and the length of time invested in arts education classes. "Arts Exposure and Class Performance," Phi Delta Kappan, October, 1998.

Question The Answers ~ The Importance of Critical Thinking It strikes me that this is an era of pressing choices – personal and collective. Simplistic, lazy, rote thinking cannot address the complexities we face. We’re caught up in old, polarized, dualistic thinking that is not only an impediment to our growth – but regressive and potentially dangerous. How do we make complex decisions in the face of such pressure? Why Do Men Prefer Nice Women?: Responsiveness and Desire - Society for Personality and Social Psychology Friday, July 25, 2014 (0 Comments) Posted by: Jen Santisi People's emotional reactions and desires in initial romantic encounters determine the fate of a potential relationship. Responsiveness may be one of those initial "sparks" necessary to fuel sexual desire and land a second date.

STEM is incredibly valuable, but if we want the best innovators we must teach the arts Math and science matter, but that’s not all. (Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post) We’ve all heard it before, we are facing another crisis.