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English: Detail of the Juilliard School extension.


Time for some summer beachcombing through some interesting music-related links:

Does music help you work better? Check out “The Power of Music, Tapped in a Cubicle“. “Melodious sounds help encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, as would eating a delicacy, looking at something appealing or smelling a pleasant aroma.” “People’s minds tend to wander… [and] a wandering mind is unhappy.” Music helps improve your mood, which helps you make good decisions. “The older people are, the less time they spend listening to music at work.”

When Practicing Along Isn’t Enough, WSJ article by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim about performance psychologist Noa Kageyama whose ProMind Coaching teaches all kinds of clients the principles of sports psychology. But Mr. Kageyama specializes in applying it to music; he has a blog called The Bulletproof Musician; he just joined the faculty of Juilliard. In days of old, everybody talked scales and arpeggios; nobody talked about performance anxiety. Music is finally catching up to the rest of the world in using the tools and exercises of sports psychology to deal with performance anxiety. U of Oklahoma performance psychologist Bill Moore has published a book called “Playing Your Best When It Counts”; Moore notes how athletes (who have used these techniques for years) differ from musicians. “Moore coaxes teachers and musicians to incorporate performancelike play time into each practice session and lesson. For teachers… the hardest part is learning to bite their tongues when their instinct is to correct.” Moore focuses on building up “mental skills needed in a performance, like courage, trust and … artistry and expression for musicians, strategy for athletes.”

Is the Age of the Tyrannical Conductor Over?

Why kids hate school [Scientific American]

Music Training Enhances Children’s Verbal Intelligence. Dramatic results detailed in a new Canadian study. (Now if we could just get politicians and legislators to take music lessons…).

Institutions Can Do It, Too. Greg Sandow makes the case for orchestras staying in touch with their audiences – talking to people!

50,000 years ago our ancestors spoke like Yoda. OK, it’s not music, but very interesting.

Are Guitars Threatening the Rain Forest?

Can You Teach Resourcefulness? Sarah Lutman’s Blog. “What can an elite music school [Curtis] do to prepare its students for new opportunities?” “Conservatories should encourage young artists to read broadly, learn history, and understand science; these things make life fuller and more interesting.” “…everyone should know a bit of accounting.” “What would you change, if you could, about conservatory training?”

Just Don’t Call It Classical

Arts Students are the Future

Why Scary Music Is Scary (in films)


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