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  Music with the Brain in Mind

Jensen continues to survey and summarise research studies on the impact of music and applies his gift in making them accessible to educators. He points out the common fallacy of considering music as a "right-brained" activity. Music affects many different parts of the brain. Only timbre activated the right hemisphere. Music enhances cognition, emotional intelligence, boosts peformance, heightens motivation. Reading, perception, motor skills, hearing, behavior and muscle strength are all influenced by music. Music also affects the immune system, stress, relaxation, blood flow and memory systems. You get wider coverage than Ch. 17 of the author's "Brained-based Learning". You get many different recommendations for choosing appropriate musical pieces. Overall, this is a valuable challenge and resource for educators. One regret is that, compared to the cheaper and most informative "Owner's Manual for the Brain"

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music

Specialists from the fields of music, neuroscience, psychology, and neurology describe advances in understanding the complex relationship between music and the brain. Intended for psychologists and neuroscientists, contributions address the origins of music, the musical mind, the neurons of music, musical brain substrates, musical expertise and brain plasticity, and the relation of music to other cognitive domains. Articles are drawn from a May 2000 conference and most previously appeared in The Biological Foundations of Music, Volume 930 of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, June 2001.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Universite de Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Text was reprinted from The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Volume 930, June 2001. Describes the amazing advances being made in understanding the complex relationship between music and the brain. Covers such topics as the origins of music, the neurons of music, and the musical mind. Softcover, hardcover available.
 

Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy : How Music Captures Our Imagination

What is music? How and why does it affect us? What is the nature of musical genius? Author/composer Robert Jourdain explores these and other questions, from the essential nature of sound through composition, performance, and, finally, the nature of ecstasy. His prose is eminently readable, offering a very accessible account of a difficult subject to the general reader as well as to the musical sophisticate. This is a fascinating and intriguing book, written by someone who clearly knows his subject.

Product Description:
What makes a distant oboe's wail beautiful? Why do some kinds of music lift us to ecstasy, but not others? How can music make sense to an ear and brain evolved for detecting the approaching lion or tracking the unsuspecting gazelle? Lyrically interweaving discoveries from science, psychology, music theory, paleontology, and philosophy, Robert Jourdian brilliantly examines why music speaks to us in ways that words cannot, and why we form such powerful connections to it. In clear, understandable language, Jourdian expertly guides the reader through a continuum of musical experience: sound, tone, melody, harmony, rhythm, composition, performance, listening, understanding--and finally to ecstasy. Along the way, a fascinating cast of characters brings Jourdian's narrative to vivid life: "idiots savants" who absorb whole pieces on a single hearing, composers who hallucinate entire compositions, a psychic who claims to take dictation from long-dead composers, and victims of brain damage who can move only when they hear music. Here is a book that will entertain, inform, and stimulate everyone who loves music--and make them think about their favorite song in startling new ways. What makes a distant oboes wail beautiful? Why do some kinds of music lift us to ecstasy, but not others? How can music make sense to an ear and brain evolved for detecting the approaching lion or tracking the unsuspecting gazelle? Lyrically interweaving discoveries from science, psychology, music theory, paleontology, and philosophy, Robert Jourdian brilliantly examines why music speaks to us in ways that words cannot, and why we form such powerful connections to it.

In clear, understandable language, Jourdian expertly guides the reader through a continuum of musical experience: sound, tone, melody, harmony, rhythm, composition, performance, listening, understanding--and finally to ecstasy. Along the way, a fascinating cast of characters brings Jourdian s narrative to vivid life: idiots savants who absorb whole pieces on a single hearing, composers who hallucinate entire compositions, a psychic who claims to take dictation from long-dead composers, and victims of brain damage who can move only when they hear music. Here is a book that will entertain, inform, and stimulate everyone who loves music--and make them think about their favorite song in startling new ways.

Tune Your Brain with Beethoven: Uplift

On this CD:

1. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 Allegro vivace
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan

2. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major ("Pastoral") Op. 28 Allegro
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
with Wilhelm Kempff

3. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73 Rondo. Allegro
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini

4. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 Rondo. Allegro
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble with Anne-Sophie Mutter
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan

5. König Stephan (King Stephen), incidental music, Op. 117 Overture
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra Rome
Conducted by Myung-Whun Chung

6. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral") Op. 68 Shepard's Song (Hymn of Thanksgiving)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan

7. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral") Op. 125 Ode to Joy
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble with Agnes Baltsa, Vinson Cole, Jose Van Dam, Janet Perry
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
 

Tune Your Brain-Music to Manage Your Mind, Body and Mood

On this CD:

1. Dominus regnavit, prolegendum
Composed by Gregorian Chant
with Santo Domingo de Silos Abbey Monks' Choir

2. Vide Domine et considera, Tractus
Composed by Gregorian Chant
with Santo Domingo de Silos Abbey Monks' Choir

3. Gustate et videte, Ad confranctionem panis
Composed by Gregorian Chant
with Santo Domingo de Silos Abbey Monks' Choir

4. Nocturne for piano in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT 109
Composed by Fryderyk Chopin
with Tamas Vasary

5. Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453 Finale
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
with Geza Anda, Salzburg Mozart Camerata Academica
Conducted by Geza Anda

6. Well tempered clavier book 1, No. 1 in C major, BWV 846
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
with Trevor Pinnock

7. Piva (from il Libro del Cortegiano)
Composed by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
with Renaissance Band

8. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351 Le Rejouissance
Composed by George Frideric Handel
Performed by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

9. Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2 Singt dem Herren alle Stimmen
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn
with English Baroque Soloists
Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner

10. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 First Movement: moderato nobile
Composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra with Gil Shaham
Conducted by Andre Previn

11. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125 Mars the Bringer of War
Composed by Gustav Holst
Performed by London Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner

12. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
Composed by Franz Schubert
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra with Cheryl Studer
Conducted by Ion Marin

13. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b Ride of the Valkyries
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed by Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conducted by James Levine

Word and Music Games for Toddlers and Twos : More Than 150 Brain-Boosting Activities

Sing a song of musical smarts and language games that build the brain. These 150 activities stimulate listening, vocabulary, and musical skills in toddlers and 2-year-olds, and teach rhythm, patterns, spatio-temporal reasoning, and mathematical concepts, too. Every game feels effortless and fun, no matter whether you’re naming ordinary items in the house or discovering new words when you’re out and about. “What are these for?” uses an action rhyme to show what different body parts do: hands clap, toes tap, eyes look: BOO!—and noses sniff: ACHOO. Help a toddler recognize ordinary sounds and understand daily routines, enjoy parent-child bonding over simple tunes and finger games, make music with everyday objects, and more.

Using Both Halves Of The Brain (Soundtrack - Music)

Eldon Taylor is President of Progressive Awareness Research, an organization founded to discover and develop techniques for self empowerment. He is considered to be one of the world's leading authorities on subliminal information processing and has lectured in Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico and the United States. He has written 8 books and hundreds of audio cassette programs. He has developed and owns several patents. His work with behavioral medicine led to the development of special audio programs for cancer, AIDS and other diseases.
Eldon Taylor emphasizes the use and results of science and philosophy. "If is doesn't work, the finest theory or philosophy needs changing!" Universities in the US and Germany have tested the patented "Taylor Method" of subliminal communication. Experimental results have proven his approach to be effective.

Many leading biographic publications include Eldon Taylor, notably the Who's Who of Intellectuals and Who's Who Among Human Service Professional. Many newspapers and magazines have referred to his research. Omni featured his work with subliminal communication in their anniversary audio experience.

Product Description:
Whole BrainR Inner TalkR is a patented technology that has been independently researched and demonstrated to be effective. All positive messages are delivered to the subconscious mind using a special shadowing techniques. These positive affirmation replace old, negative, self-limiting self-talk, and therefore enables you to find success in whichever area you choose. Whole BrainR Inner TalkR engages the power of your mind to work for you. It is extremely easy to use since you can simply play it in the background while going about your day. No special equipment is required. All you will hear is the primary carrier, either a musical format or an environmental format. Occasionally you will hear speaking in the background, but most of the time you will not be able to make out the actual words. All programs do however come with a complete list of the affirmations.

Using Both Halves Of The Brain - When the artistic and the linear work in tandem, genius arrives. Albert! Einstein reported that he imagined (visualized) the curvature of space. His spacial abilities integrated with his logical, linear abilities and the rest is history writing itself still today. --
 


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