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Does music make you smarter? What the science says about learning/playing an instrument (Mozart Effect and all)

By Ugo Onwutalu It has often been said in various promotional material, media and popular culture that learning a musical instrument and listening to music has numerous benefits amongst which are the increase in memory, learning capacity, overall intelligence and emotional well-being. This reminds me of the Mozart Effect  popularised years ago as […]

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The best free & paid sites for submitting your music/band press release and promoting your concert/gig

By Gavin Peterson The following list of sites accept releases for free or paid (as 5/10/11):       Press release point Submission Fee: Free Accept image(s): 0 Registration required: Yes Indexed by news.google.com: Yes http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/  Pr.com  Submission Fee: Free Accept image(s): 0 Registration required: Yes Indexed by news.google.com: Yes http://www.pr.com  MediaSyndicate.com […]

MUSIC BUSINESS FAME & OPPORTUNITY – HOW TO GET STARTED

This is not a precise “how to get into the music industry” manual. Anyone who knows anything about the music business knows the difficulties when trying to ‘make it big’ and the pitfalls if you are lucky enough to get there. What this article does it give pointers as to […]

Jazz/blues piano video series – part 4: putting it all together with both hands

This 4th and final video in the series puts what you learned in the last 3 videos all together using both hands. A recap of what was covered: Jazz/Blues chord progression in C http://www.grademusicworld.com/2013/01/a-basic-introduction-to-jazzblues-piano.html A basic introduction to jazz blues piano video series: scales  http://www.grademusicworld.com/2013/02/a-basic-introduction-to-jazz-blues.html A basic introduction to jazz […]

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The Benefits of Music Instruction in Schools

     Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  By Marcela De Vivo Art and music are usually the first programs to be cut from the school budget. Considered to not be an integral part of learning skills and information that would be useful in the future (on the job, out in […]

How to choose the right Piano/instrumental teacher

  Finding the right piano (or even music instrument) teacher will have a very important impact on you or child’s learning and the way you or they view music in the future. Selecting the wrong tutor may even cause an aversion to learning due to the bad experience. Trust also […]