Jon Harnum

223 Added | 2 Magazines | 2 Likes | 4 Following | 25 Followers | @jharnum | Jonathan Harnum is a multi-instrumentalist with over 30 years of experience practicing, playing, and performing music. He’s been a teacher for over 20 years, earned a PhD in music education from Northwestern University, and is the author of Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music; Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn, and three other books. Harnum plays music, writes, and teaches in Chicago and New Haven.

John Dewey on the True Purpose of Education and How to Harness the Power of Our Natural Curiosity

<i>“Do not feel absolutely certain of anything,”</i> philosopher Bertrand Russell instructed in the first of his ten timeless commandments of teaching and learning in 1951. And yet formal education, today as much as then, is for the most part a toxic byproduct of industrialism based on the blind …

Learning to play the piano? Sleep on it!

According to researchers at the University of Montreal, the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies' …

40 Greatest Rock Documentaries

Burning guitars, big suits, meeting the Beatles — the concert films and rockumentaries that stand head and shoulders above the rest<p>The movies started …

Breaking a 700-Year-Old Tradition: The American Islamic Gospel Drummer

Inside Flipboard / July 25, 2014<p>When the Islamic holy month of Ramadan wraps up at the end of July, a small group of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims …

How to Read Body Language More Effectively

Body language is a huge part of how we communicate with other people. However, most of us only have an intuitive knowledge of non-verbal …

Body Language

14 Literary Posters That Turn Famous Authors' Words Into Art

Who doesn't love a good literature-meets-graphic-design project?<p>We came across the work of Obvious State's Evan Robertson last year when he debuted his series of clever literary posters based on the words of authors like Ernest Hemingway and Kurt Vonnegut. Turning pithy quotes into whimsical works …

How books are made

I love those old factory tour videos from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Thus, I'm digging Tor Books' photographic step-by-step tour …

Practice Everything in All Four Directions

Asignificant part of practicing jazz improvisation consists of working on scales, chords, and patterns. Practicing them in a thorough manner will …

10 Exercises to Practice When You’ve Run Out of Ideas

Hey, Sorry to interrupt...<p>I know you were really enjoying this article and super excited to learn something new, but we have to stop you right there …

Learning new skills keeps an aging mind sharp

Older adults are often encouraged to stay active and engaged to keep their minds sharp, that they have to "use it or lose it." But new research …

Why the Progress You Make in the Practice Room Seems to Disappear Overnight

Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that you can take a difficult passage, work on it for a bit, get it sounding pretty good, but return to the …

Something Every Teacher Should Watch. And Student. And Person.

Pressure Performance: Do You Have the X Factor? - Daniel Coyle

A couple days ago I was in Canada talking with a group of Olympic coaches. Late into the night, after a Molson or two, the conversation turned to the …

Louis Armstrong - Danny Kaye

Your Thoughts Can Release Abilities beyond Normal Limits

There seems to be a simple way to instantly increase a person’s level of general knowledge. Psychologists Ulrich Weger and Stephen Loughnan recently …

The Practice of Practice

The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned from Playing the Violin

By Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. | Jul 28, 2012<p>Synopsis<p>The seemingly obvious lesson that only took me twenty-three years to learn.<p>You have probably heard the …

14-Year Old Girl Calmly Destroys Complex Guitar Solos

This is a video of 14-year old Tina S playing 'Vivaldi Tribute' by Patrick Rondat, "a guitar adaptation of Presto, the third movement of "Summer" …

The 20 Best Bands at Lollapalooza You Haven't Heard

<b>This has long been my theory:</b> Festival bookers have become some of the music business's last true tastemakers. Six months or earlier, they're tasked with identifying and booking acts people will want to see the following summer. Or hopefully, next summer in a better timeslot on a bigger stage. …

Music Festivals

50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now

The crowd-pleasing, club-wrecking, festival-killing road rulers<p>Who rules the road in 2013? To find out, <i>Rolling Stone</i> asked a panel of writers, …

Miley Cyrus

MIT researchers reveal how the brain keeps eyes on the prize

Cambridge-- As anyone who has traveled with young children knows, maintaining focus on distant goals can be a challenge. A new study from MIT …

Practice makes the brain's motor cortex more efficient, Pitt researchers say

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 4, 2013 – Not only does practice make perfect, it also makes for more efficient generation of neuronal activity in the primary motor …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of …

How (and Why) to Intentionally Set Yourself Up for Failure

The old mantra is that you're never supposed to set yourself up for failure. That's true in most cases, but it's not a black and white issue. …

The Science of Practice: What Happens When You Learn a New Skill

<i>You've heard the expression “practice makes perfect” a million times, and you've probably read Malcolm Gladwell's popular “10,000 hours” theory. But</i> …

The Brain

The Science Behind How We Learn New Skills

Learning new skills is one of the best ways to make yourself both marketable and happy, but actually doing so isn't as easy as it sounds. The science …

Learning

Sometimes You Need to Make a Deliberate Mistake to Make Progress

Here at Lifehacker, we love mistakes. Everybody makes them. You learn from them, you grow, and you get better. In fact, mistakes offer so much value …

TakeLessons Blog

6 Comments<p>/<p>Looking for easy ukulele songs for beginners? You can't go wrong…<p>Read more<p>21 Comments<p>/<p>Karaoke night! Some people make it a weekly ritual. …

Critical Vs Creative Thinking: How Initial Judgments Can Cripple Your Learning

That’s really good. And that’s bad. That’s ugly. And that’s pretty. I like that. But I hate that. That sucks. But that’s great. Our first instinct …

Jul 19, Which Metronome Should I Buy?

There are many different metronome models around with many different features, so which metronome should you buy? Here is a guide to buying a …

Music Production