Music therapy
I have a rare profession for our country - a music therapist. I was convinced that the creators of great melodies are powerful healers who can help a person no…

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What is pop music
Estrada is a type of stage art that implies both a separate genre and a synthesis of genres: singing, dance, original performance, circus art, illusions. Pop music is a form…

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Brain "under the jazz"
When jazz musicians improvise, areas responsible for self-censorship and inhibition of nerve impulses are turned off in their brain, and areas that open the way for self-expression are turned on…

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What is the secret of the mesmerizing power of music?

Music surrounds us everywhere. At the sounds of a powerful orchestral crescendo, tears come to my eyes and goose bumps run down my back. Musical accompaniment enhances the artistic expression of films and performances. Rock musicians make us jump to our feet and dance, and our parents lull babies with quiet lullabies.

The love of music has deep roots: people compose and listen to it since the inception of culture. More than 30 thousand years ago, our ancestors already played stone flutes and bone harps. It seems that this hobby has an innate nature. Babies turn to the source of pleasant sounds (consonances) and turn away from unpleasant (dissonances). And when we feel awe with the final sounds of the symphony, the same centers of pleasure are activated in the brain as during a delicious meal, having sex or taking drugs. Continue reading

Brain “under the jazz”

When jazz musicians improvise, areas responsible for self-censorship and inhibition of nerve impulses are turned off in their brain, and areas that open the way for self-expression are turned on instead.

A companion study from Johns Hopkins University, which included volunteer musicians from the Peabody Institute, and which used the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) method, shed light on the mechanism of creative improvisation that artists use in everyday life.

Jazz musicians, improvising, create their own unique riffs by turning off braking and turning on creativity. Continue reading

Mozart effect

Listening to Mozart’s music enhances our brain activity. After listening to Mozart, people who answer the standard IQ test demonstrate an increase in intelligence.

This phenomenon, discovered by some scholars, was called the “Mozart Effect.” From it, far-reaching conclusions were immediately drawn, especially with regard to the upbringing of children, whose first three years of life were proclaimed decisive for their future intelligence.

This theory received such a strong public outcry that Mozart’s CDs, with the appropriate recommendations from their parents, were at the very beginning of the best-seller lists, and the Governor of the US state of Georgia presented the Mozart CD to each new mother in her state. Continue reading

History of music
Often, there is no direct evidence necessary for accurate coverage of the story and this task is not simple. What is known about the history of music? Aesthetics of music…

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What is pop music
Estrada is a type of stage art that implies both a separate genre and a synthesis of genres: singing, dance, original performance, circus art, illusions. Pop music is a form…

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Enhancing cathartic experiences with music
Just one look at a person who has in his memory a difficult experience, actualized in the present, in order to determine the presence of this experience. Usually, a person…

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Impressionism in music
Impressionism (French: impressionnisme, from impression - impression), the direction in art of the last third of the XIX - beginning of XX centuries. The application of the term “impressionism” to…

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