Reading Journal

Ted-Ed takes a look at the neurological intricacies of music's effect on the brain and how making music of our own stimulates brain function. Well animated, informative and interesting enough to grab the attention of the digital attention span, I found this little video entertaining and informative.

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10 great indie-classical artists to discover

Classic FM is one of my favourite sources to keep me in touch with the classical music scene and I could not help exploring this article as indie is another one of my great loves. The idea of successfully infusing these two beautiful styles of music gives me hope for the music industry. The article highlighted some great names while emulating a nuance of writing about music which I find hard to fault.

Music and Memory Study

A study of the effects of personalised music playlists has shown a decrease in need for anti-anxiety and psychotic medication and an improvement on the general relationship between medication and dementia patients. This article provided a general overview of how the study worked, what it consisted of and the effects experienced through its implementation.

Writing the Hits – Two heads are better than one…or are they?

A recent article published through BBC News explores the modern trend of collaboration when it comes to the writing of the chart toppers. As much as the music produced these days are so brand and personally connected to each artist, behind the radio curtain, a number of unrelated songwriters huddle together churning out the songs we blast through our speakers and pay top dime to attend artist concerts for. The article, "How many writers does a hit song need?" is a sharp and snappy read which covers artists across major genre fields as well as the songwriters working for them and how this new collaberation trend is affecting the music industry.

The Joy of Learning to Play an Instrument Later in Life – Wall Street Journal

A thoroughly enjoyable article from the great Wall Street journal on the topic of learning an instrument later on in life. Reading this helped me with a shining example of how to make a simple story shine. And the story itself is truly inspirational. As a musician in my earlier youth who has since lost the time to create music, the idea of picking up an instrument at any point in your life's journey appeals to my sense of hope that music may not be completely gone for me yet.

Music and Learning: Intergrating Music in the Classroom by Chris Boyd Brewer

A hands on, practical guide to the benefits and implimentations of music as a tool of learning within a classroom environment. This article clearly displays thorough knowledge and real research into the effects of music on the learning ability of the psyche. A reputable article produced by the reputable university of John Hopkins School of Education.

Variety's article on Music Streaming Services

This article offers succinct and insightful information on the news worthy topic of streaming services within the music industry. Written in a clear, concise manner, the article effectively reported on the revenue increases within the streaming services fields. The use of inforgraphics and graphs are also an effective visual through which information is passed on. Overall, very informative.

This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel J. Levitin

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How Music Works by John Powell

These two books make the science of music easily accessible to the lowly commoner. It’s clear that both authors thoroughly researched these books. And yet the scientific specificity of each explanation or concept isn’t excessive. While Levitin focuses on the science of how music is created and consumed, Powell takes more of a personal reflection on how music effects the emotional response of those who experience it. I appreciated the focus of their writing styles and how they both skillfully and methodically broke down the exceptionally complex concept of the musical experience to something easily digestible.