Friday, July 27, 2012

The Power of Music: Another Beethoven Ninth - Ode to Joy

Beautiful! This is a perfect example of the power of music! Look at all the faces! This "flash mob" in Spain was planned*, but the spontaneity and joy on everyone in the square is amazing. 

What emotion fills you when you listen/watch this 5-minute video?


*On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign "Som Sabadell" (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

10,000 Sing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony...Really!

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is perhaps that most popular piece of western music in Japan. This simulcast had choruses throughout Japan all singing simultaneously! Perhaps not the most stunning performance, but surely a truly memorable performing experience for all involved. (They are singing in German not Japanese!)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Ultimate One-Man Band - Amazing!

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Amazing feat! And amazing hands as well! This could be a demonstration of multi-tasking, extreme coordination, perseverance, and/or sense of humor. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Music and Reading - No. 2



Mary Had a Little Lamb


Mary had a little lamb
Whose fleece as white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go!

It followed her to school one day,
which was against the rules.
It made the children laugh and play,
To see a lamb at school.

            Teach your child a song, for example  “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” When they are able to sing the whole song, write out the words on a large piece of paper or cardboard.  Now, sing it very slowly and point to each word as you sing.

           There are many great activities you can use based on this song. There is a cute video with words that you might want to show your child after you have taught him/her the words slowly.

Full version:
Written by Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of Godey's Lady's Book (1830s) | Copyright Unknown

Mary had a little lamb,
Little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
Everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go
It followed her to school one day
School one day, school one day
It followed her to school one day
Which was against the rules.
It made the children laugh and play,
Laugh and play, laugh and play,
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school
And so the teacher turned it out,
Turned it out, turned it out,
And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near
And waited patiently about,
Patiently about, patiently about,
And waited patiently about
Till Mary did appear
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
The eager children cry
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
Loves the lamb, you know, loves the lamb, you know
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
The teacher did reply

***
 

Now, try the same exercise with “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”

Old MacDonald lyrics

Old Macdonald had a farm ee-eye, ee-eye-oh.
And on that farm he had a duck ee-eye,ee-eye-oh.
With a quack, quack here and a quack, quack there.
Here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack, quack.
Old MacDonald had a farm, ee-eye,ee-eye-oh.
Old MacDonald had a farm ee-eye,ee-eye-oh.
And on that farm he had a cow ee-eye,ee-eye-oh.
With a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there.
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo, moo.
Quack, quack here and a quack, quack there.
Here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack, quack.
Old MacDonald had a farm ee-eye,ee-eye-oh.
Old MacDonald had a farm ee-eye,ee-eye-oh.
And on that farm he had a dog ee-eye,ee-eye-oh.
With a woof, woof here and a woof, woof there.
Here a woof, there a woof, everywhere a woof, woof.
Moo, moo here and a moo, moo there.
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo, moo.
Quack, quack here and a quack, quack there.
Here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack, quack.
Old MacDonald had a farm ee-eye,ee-eye-oh.
Old MacDonald had a farm ee-eye, ee-eye oh.
And on that farm he had a pig ee-eye, ee-eye oh.
With an oink, oink here and an oink, oink there.
Here an oink, there an oink, everywhere an oink, oink.
A woof, woof here and a woof, woof there.
Here a woof, there a woof, everywhere a woof, woof.
Moo, moo here and a moo, moo there.
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo, moo.
Quack, quack here and a quack, quack there.
Here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack, quack.
Old MacDonald had a farm ee-eye,ee-eye-oh.

             Kids will have great fun making the barnyard animal sounds. Then you can have them try to write their sounds. They can also  try spelling words that rhyme with these sounds. For example, “peep”  rhymes with “jeep,” “sleep,” “creep,” etc.

            Then try writing out the song with some missing words. Have the children sing the song and when they come to the missing word, have them fill it in. Most of all, have fun!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Audio Processing and Music


           Chris was a delightful, cheerful baby, but when he began to talk, his words were unintelligible. At first, his parents thought that this was just  prolonged baby babble, but in time it was clear that they needed to discuss with their pediatrician. The doctor sent Chris to a specialist for testing. To his parents’ dismay, they were told that Christ had audio processing problems. His prescription? Everything that they said to him should be sung!

            Chris’ household began to sound like an opera. “Good Morning, Chris. How are you today?” they began, making up tunes as they went. Soon Chris began to sing back to them. The words were coming out right!

            Until Chris was about 6, everything word in their home was sung, not spoken. By the time he was ready for first grade, Chris was speaking.

            Music travels to a different part of the brain than speech. Clearly, without music Chris would not be the successful college senior that he is today.