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A published study done by Thompson, Schellenberg, and Husain in 2004 demonstrate the value of music lessons for decoding emotion in speech. The study consisted of 3 experiments. They found that "music lessons might nurture a basic skill of emotional intelligence by engaging, developing, and refining processes used for perceiving emotions expressed musically, which, in turn, could have consequences for perceiving emotions expressed in speech.
In each of the experiments, they found that both children and adults who had some music training were able to distinguish between the emotions of anger, fear, happiness, and sadness--even among those who only had 1 year of lessons. The researchers suggest "that formal training in music enhances listeners' ability to decode emotions conveyed by prosody in speech."
Gather these few materials and make some Christmas jingle bell music...
Here's what you need:
What a fun musical Christmas project! Whether your colors are reds, golds, and greens or blues and silvers, paint these crafty little bells to match your holiday decor, and you have new ornaments for your tree.
For the full instructions (and step-by-step pictures), visit the First Palette blog post.
Your kiddos may even enjoy creating a bell ensemble as they play together and sing Christmas carols...
After bringing your new piano piece home, it's easy to try playing it just as fast as you've heard it played on the CD that's provided with your book, or how you heard your teacher play it, but...
Slow it down! Until you can play that measure, line or the entire song with few mistakes at a steady (though slow) tempo, don't try speeding it up.
Take a Break if you find yourself getting frustrated. Get a glass of water, go walk the dog, or get up and walk around the room. Take your mind off of the music for a little bit and get some light exercise. Then try again!
Work on Your Problem Areas. In every song you'll find some parts which are harder than others. Isolate those areas and spend the time you need to learn them well. Make them the easiest parts of the song!
Play the Whole Song. Even while you're still isolating your problem spots and perfecting them, take time to play the entire song.
Jessica's Piano Studio
Teacher at Jessica's Piano Studio to many talented students! Here's some helpful tips and interesting information to create a wonderfully educational musical experience!