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Music’s Powerful Effects on the Brain

Music’s Powerful Effects on the Brain

Music's Powerful Effects on the Brain The power that music has on the human mind cannot be denied. It can bring people from feelings of melancholy and sadness to feelings of excitement and exhilaration. Although the effect of music is noticeable, not everyone is aware...

The Benefits of Music on Senior Citizens

The Benefits of Music on Senior Citizens

We know that music affects our emotions, but new research has found that it has very real and lasting effects on our health. In particular, those research findings suggest the cognitive and emotional health of seniors can be improved through exposure to positive...

Benefits of Learning to Play the Violin as an Adult

There is always a certain level of excitement associated with learning how to play a musical instrument. Too often people believe this experience is something too difficult for an adult. There are many common excuses adults have to avoid even trying to learn to play...

A Brief History of the Cello

A Brief History of the Cello

Stringed instruments go way back to ancient civilizations, especially the harp and the lyre. Around this time is where the inception of the cello begins as the bow was added to the stringed instrument's arsenal. The earliest forms of the violin are depicted in...

A Brief History of the Violin

A Brief History of the Violin

Did you ever wonder about the history of the violin? The first violins emerged in northern Italy in the 1500s. The word “violin” begins to appear in documents starting in 1300. While no actual instruments from that time period survived, there are several depicted in...

A Brief History of the Piano

A Brief History of the Piano

The first piano was invented in Italy around 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori.  Before that, the dominating keyboard instruments were harps. Their limitations were many, including only being able to play at one volume, which didn’t allow them to keep up with orchestras....