Teach the Children Well…

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Learning music at an early age is an important part of a child’s development. The act of making music affects learning and cognitive skills on multiple levels. At first, children are intrigued at the sounds coming from various instruments. They bang on them, or blow into them which creates a noise and gives them a thrill. After a while, they will grow tired of hearing the same sound over and over, and will explore other ways to use the instrument. Soon there will find that by playing it in different ways, it makes different sounds, and thus starts the learning process.

Kids will remember the first sounds that it makes as they learn the new sounds. In most cases, they will develop patterns of playing the same number of notes back to back. Over time, they will build on these to a point where they have created their own little song. While they think they are just having fun, they are actually learning very important tools, that they will use in the future. It starts with sound recognition, and associating a specific action to create that sound. Then they develop memory skills when they have to go back and play the first notes again. Compounding on that are pattern recognition skills where they are learning the patterns of the sounds they are producing, and how to go back and play the same patterns again.

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While to a child he/she is just having fun, they are developing parts of the brain through these exercises that can be used in every aspect of their lives. Of all the developmental skills a child can learn, music is one of the quickest and most enjoyable for the kids. It is important that parents nurture these activities not just to provide enjoyment for their children, but to help them learn as well. While all of these sounds can be annoying at times, they are truly beneficial in the long run.

So what can we do as parents to help? There are many types of children’s toys that are adapted for musical use. Small pianos, xylophones, and even small guitars can bring hours of enjoyment to a child. Once a parent sees that their child has interesting music, they should take the next steps in encouraging their kids to continue and to give them positive reinforcement. Once the child becomes proficient enough, parents can invest in learning tools or even instructors to help get their children to the next level of play. Music is a wonderful part of our lives, and if children show an interest in it, we should help them develop their talents. Not only does it nurture their soul, but it helps in their overall learning process.

The Wonders of Movie Soundtracks

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Of all the movies that you watch, do you ever think about the soundtrack? What exactly is the soundtrack? It is the music that accompanies the film. Whether it be the song that plays in the opening credits, the songs that the characters may sing in a musical, or the background music that plays behind the scenes, it is the lyrical structure that makes up our favorite films.

Now you may think, how hard could it be to put some music behind a movie? On the contrary, is one of the most challenging aspects of the film that directors face. Not only does the music have to set the mood for the film, it has to be an active expression of what is going on right on the screen. Conductors and musicians have to watch hours of film footage to get the feel for what is truly going on, before they can even think about writing score for what they see.

When soundtrack music is done well, it allows the feelings of the movie to live on after the patrons have left the theater. Good music will bring the feeling of the big screen back to a person’s mind as soon as they hear the music. One of the most famous examples is John Williams scores on the Star Wars movies. Just hearing the music that accompanied some of our favorite scenes brings back exciting feelings even if are just listening to the music. It takes great skill to be able to put the film and the music together in such a way that they become one.

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To this day, when I hear any Star Wars music, I can recall the exact scene it came from and the warm feelings I got from watching that very scene. I can be walking down the street or even doing laundry and I will feel as if I was right back in the theater.

Many established musicians try their hand at soundtrack work and find it is much harder than just playing for an audience. A song by itself has its own meaning and feel, but a song that goes with a film has to synchronize the mood, feelings, and emotion of what is happening in the storyline. They find it is much trickier than they had imagined. But, it can give a musician a chance to broaden their horizons and try something new. Many people that are played in bands for years start to feel a little stagnant, and this gives them a chance to explore their creative boundaries in another element.

If an artist is lucky there will be a crossover affect. Their music will work seamlessly in the film and be a success in that aspect, but the song may also do well on its own and be a hit as a standalone song.