Brian Wis

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From musician to physician: Why medical schools are recruiting for musical ability

Andrew Dunsmore, Dr. Doug Angel and Jessa Vokey all did a degree in music before deciding to move into medicine (Peter Jackson/CBC)<p>As an …

Medical School

A Brief History Of The Drum Set

Today's common drum kit is just 100 years old, even though drums have been around for millenia. It fell out of favor with the advent of drum machines and sampling. For many, there's no substitute.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Hollowed logs, stretched animal skins...<p>(SOUNDBITE OF DRUMMING)<p>SIMON: …

Drums

Musical Improvisation in the Brain

Imagine you’re at a concert, and in the middle of a song, the band slowly gets quiet. Instruments drop out one by one until it’s just the drums …

The Brain

Philadelphia concertmaster David Kim on 'super slow' practice, muscle memory and concerto prep

In this film for J.W. Pepper, Philhadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim talks about how he organises his practice, and how he prepares for …

Concerts

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers.<p>Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, remembers asking an undergraduate seminar recently, “How many of you are waiting to find your passion?”<p>“Almost all of them raised their hand and got …

Stephen Hawking

Music Lessons

If educators want to develop critical, creative thinkers who can set and accomplish their own goals — and who can use those skills to strengthen …

‘School music is more than an enjoyable pastime’

Think back to your school music lessons. What do you remember most? Perhaps it is learning to play a wobbly version of <i>Tubular Bells</i> on the keyboard …

no need for a bogus quote...

Yesterday evening I heard a radio program announcer use the following quote in his rapturous support of the arts in school: “When Churchill was asked …

He's a Growing 6'7", 370-Pound Marvel Who Can Move...and He's in 8th Grade

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — He first appears inside Room 208 of Olmsted Academy North on a Thursday in mid-March, sitting at the corner of a table his legs can't fit under.<p>Kiyaunta Goodwin is fully engaged in art class. But unlike his eighth-grade classmates, he doesn't draw on a sheet of paper. Because of …

College Football

Why Scientists Played Bach’s Classics For Crocodiles In MRI Scanners

Studying animals, be it living or a long-extinct species requires a whole lot of testing and experiments. Scientists have been conducting a range of …

What Does Life In An Orchestra Get You? In The U.K., Not Enough To Live On

Aspiring orchestral musicians have long known that the road to a professional career is arduous and paved with risks. But new research from the U.K. shows that even attaining the brass ring of an orchestral job does not necessarily provide financial security. In fact, even with salaried, full-time …

Overcoming bias about music takes work: New research gives insight into how the brain judges music quality

New research gives insight into how the brain judges music quality<p>Expectations and biases play a large role in our enjoyment of experiences such as …

University of Connecticut

Stoneman Douglas Orchestra delivers emotional tribute to fallen member

A group of hundreds, many in burgundy T-shirts, got up from their lawn chairs and blankets to give April and Phil Schentrup a standing ovation.The …

Flute

'I Completely Turned My Back On Music': A Violist's Journey With Hearing Loss

The list of aging rock 'n' roll musicians who have damaged their hearing after a long career on stage is growing.<p>Huey Lewis and the News canceled its …

Flute

Can music really change a kid's life? Three amazing stories that say 'yes' it can

“What’s that sound, mom? Is that an orchestra?”<p>It was Saturday morning, and Angelo and his mother had just walked into a Brooklyn YMCA and heard the sounds of a youth orchestra rehearsing. “As soon as my son heard the music, he started to smile, so I found the conductor and asked if he could join,” …

Music lessons tune up children's brains‚ study finds

Moog brings the classic Minimoog Model D to iOS today w/ introductory pricing [Video]

Moog’s legacy in the electronic music and synthesizer world is second to none. The company has been pumping out some of the most amazing instruments on the planet since the 70’s, including one of the world’s first portable synthesizers known as the Minimoog Model D. The pricey icon of yesteryear …

Jose Abreu, creator of Venezuelan El Sistema youth orchestras, dies

CARACAS (Reuters) - Jose Abreu, the award-winning founder of a program that pulled thousands of Venezuelan children from crime and poverty through music, died on Saturday, aged 78.<p>FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan conductor and composer Jose Antonio Abreu answers questions as he and fellow laureate Peter …

Venezuela

Whether it's art and music therapy or art and music as therapy, it calms traumatized teens

One of the pieces of artwork created by an art therapist with a Renaissance Academy high school student from Baltimore for the school's last …

Mental Health

Best apps for musicians

What's the best app for musicians? Take note! (sorry)Your iPhone or iPad aren't <i>just</i> there to satisfy your musical tastes via Apple Music. Sure,you …

The Right to Bear Arts

When I was hospitalized several years ago for severe bipolar depression, I balked when I heard that “art therapy” was going to be one of my required …

Mental Health

Illinois Teen Launches Music Foundation to Make Music Education Accessible to All

Ashley Singh, a 16-year-old Indian American student and a talented singer, launched a non-profit organization, Ashley’s Music Foundation, Feb. 11 in …

New Study: Any Musical Instrument Improves the Audio and Motor Connectivity in the Brain

Playing an instrument all through life enhances the association between the hearing territory and the motor zone, as uncovered by the investigation …

Why do certain songs make you feel good?

You know the feeling. You're driving along, and a favorite tune comes on the radio. Immediately, it causes a warm feeling to wash over you. What's up …

A Female Composers’ Competition Announces Its First Winners

National Sawdust, the performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, announced the winners of its first Hildegard Competition for rising female and non-binary composers. The winners, Emma O’Halloran, X. Lee and Kayla Cashetta, will each receive $7,000, mentoring from prominent artists and a …

New choir strikes a chord for people with dementia

A new Saanich-based choir is looking to combat the effects of Alzheimer’s disease by pairing people afflicted by the disease with high school …

Brain Scans Identify What Song You're Listening to Without Hearing It

So much for private listening sessions.<p>No matter how emphatically a person bobs their head or hums along to the music in their headphones, you can …

Beat a stroke by banging a drum! How percussion therapy could transform the lives of thousands of sufferers

Playing instruments such as the drums or cymbals can help people recover from the debilitating effects of a stroke.<p>A pilot study – the first of its …

Drums

“Why Doesn’t My Band Sound Better?” Top 10 Band Rehearsal Mistakes

Many band directors are frustrated by sub-par performances from their ensembles and mistakenly blame their students. My 33 years of conducting and …