Sunday, July 5, 2015

Exploring the "Awe" in Music

Music Which Stands the Test of Time ?????

Orchestras have to make decisions about which music to perform.  Below is an international gauge of the most performed works for 2014.   The Orchestra of Southern Utah seeks to find new music as well as traditional standards.  We receive suggestions from the musicians, audience patrons, and commission music.  Our upcoming season is the Rhythm of Life and includes music ranging from Star Wars to Sibelius.  More info at

From Backtrack for 2014

Backtrack offers information on performances throughout the world, 
as well as reviews, and music festival informations:

What moments make music 

transcendent or powerful? .  

The video of Khachaturian's Adagio from Spartacus is a favorite.  

How do you respond to music?  
Some people use music in the background for work. 
Others have certain pieces which help them perk up or calm down.  
Put on different kinds of music and see how it makes you feel.  

Listening and learning website 

designed for both children and adults: 


6 Benefits of Music Lessons

Learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune her ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction.

It improves academic skills.
Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. . . 
It develops physical skills.
Certain instruments, such as percussion, help children develop coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet. . . .
It cultivates social skills.
Group classes require peer interaction and communication, which encourage teamwork . . .
It refines discipline and patience.
Learning an instrument teaches children about delayed gratification. . . .
It boosts self-esteem.
Lessons offer a forum where children can learn to accept and give constructive criticism.  . . .
It introduces children to other cultures.
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Van Gogh described himself as a 'musician of color' (National Gallery)

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