Happy Music: Unscientifically Proven

Recently, a study was published in the Frontiers of Human Neuroscience that used functional MRI to determine how music impacted the emotional centers of the brain for the purpose of music therapy. You can read a summary of the research here or, for the more scientifically minded, here is a link to the actual research. In the study, they used Happy, Sad, and Fearful music, and talk about strategies that people use music to help them with their emotions. I know that I do this all the time. Continue reading

Stacking the Days

“Geology is the study of time and pressure. That’s all it takes really…pressure…and time…That, and a big goddamn poster.”
Shawshank Redemption


There are some skills in this world that take an immense effort to master. Learning a musical instrument is certainly one of them. I see it everyday with my piano students. They start off with it being easy. At some point, they hit a wall where it gets hard and the struggle begins. I do my best to be encouraging, to let them know that the struggle is part of the process, that I am there to help them through it, and that there is another side of accomplishment if they persevere. Voice is a little bit different in that voice students have already been using their voice to speak and sing, but even there, the process of changing habits is so gradual and incremental that they often get caught in the struggle of it. Continue reading